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Minnesota Lynx (11-3) at San Antonio Silver Stars (4-11) 7 p.m., AT&T Center
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Before last Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Dream, former basketball great Rebecca Lobo said that the most important thing for a team to make a run in the playoffs is to remain healthy.
For San Antonio, things couldn't be get real worse (knock on wood) for the overall health of the team.
WNBA legend Becky Hammon was out at the beginning of the season with a broken finger and just seven minutes ineto her first game, she suffered a torn ACL.
Forward Sophia Young, who has been a huge part of San Antonio basketball since arriving with the team in 2006, alsohas a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Just with those two players out, San Antonio has is missing 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
San Antonio has still been competitive this season and if the last game between these two squads was any indication, Dan Hughes will have his team ready for a battle.
"All of our players understand that injuries are a part of it and it's a really tough part of it and I think San Antonio's handled it great," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. "They compete hard and they have players that step right in and it's going to be very, very challenging down in San Antonio." Three times in the next six games the Lynx face off against San Antonio, so Friday's game will be just the beginning.
Last time out
The Lynx have had some much-needed time off after playing four games in seven days.
Their last game came on Saturday when they defeated the Tulsa Shock on the road, 86-75.
Point guard Lindsay Whalen continued her solid play, finishing with a game-high 25 points going along with 11 assists.
Whalen wasn't the only Lynx player to get in on the double-double action. Power forward Rebekkah Brunson recorded her sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Small forward Maya Moore finished with 22 points, six rebounds and a game-high three steals.
San Antonio is coming off of an 86-64 loss at the hands of the Washington Mystics on Tuesday evening. Four players finished it double-figures for San Antonio, but that wasn't sufficient. Guards Jia Perkins and Shenise Johnson both scored 12 points, while forwards Danielle Adams and DeLisha Milton finished with 10 each.
Danielle Robinson, who has been the team's unexpected bright spot, finished with just four points, but added eight assists. She's had eight or more assists in her last three games and leads the league with 7.1 assists per game.
They Lynx and Silver Stars have played just once this season. Back on June 11, the Lynx hosted San Antonio and defeated the Silver Stars 87-72 in a very physical game. The Lynx won by 15 points, but it seemed much closer while watching the intensity of the game. It was a tightly contested game in the first three quarters, but Minnesota used a 20-6 run starting at the 2:34 mark of the third quarter to ultimately take control of the game in the fourth
quarter. Whalen finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Moore nearly had a double-double, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Shooting guard Seimone Augustus, who is questionable for Friday's matchup, finished with 18 points. If Augustus does not play on Friday, she'll be replaced by Monica Wright. That's good news for Minnesota, because Wright had 16 points and six rebounds during her first matchup against San Antonio.
Guard Shenise Johnson had a team-high 16 points off the bench for the Silver Stars.
Robinsonn finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists.
Key matchup: Whalen vs. Robinson
Whalen got the best of Robinson in the first matchup, but these two point guards play very different games.
Robinson is a speedy, pass-first point guard with a somewhat limited offensive game. She has yet to make a 3-pointer in 83 career WNBA games, which is rather alarming for a professional guard. Her 11.3 points per game this season, though, is a career-high.
Whalen has shown us that she has ability to turn on the scoring if need be, but her roots still are running an offense through reading defenses and passing.
That being said, Whalen's 15.9 points per game this season is a career-high and she is still averaging 5.3 and 4.1 assists.
In the latest WNBA.com MVP Rankings, Whalen Ranks No. 8.
Fans who watch her on a regular basis would rank her a little higher, but we are only 15 games into the season. Plenty could change.
Whalen used her power and toughness to counter against the fleet Robinson in the last matchup. We'll see if she can do the same on Friday night.
San Antonio will be without guard Becky Hammon and forward Sophia Young. Both players are out for the season with knee injuries. Lynx guard Semione Augustus is questionable with a left ankle injury.
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