Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Fever
Game 2 - WNBA Finals
Web Editorial Associate
Lynx (0-1) vs. Fever (1-0) - 7 p.m. Target Center
Where to Watch: ESPN
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For the first time this postseason, the Lynx find themselves down a game. After being dealt a 76-70 loss by the Indiana Fever in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night, they're fortunate to have one more at home to try to settle the score before heading out to Indiana.
Though they were disappointed by their showing for Game 1, the Lynx are using it as motivation and are fired up, eager to respond in Game 2.
"We can fix our mistakes and adjust and bounce back," forward Maya Moore said. "I think that this team has too many veterans, too much pride, to continue to make the same mistakes, so we're going to come with an even better mindset."
Last time out
In Game 1, the Fever came out aggressive, racing to an early lead and keeping it for most of the game. Four of the Fever's five starters scored in double figures, including Tamika Catchings, who had 20 points, and Erlana Larkins, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Erin Phillips, who started in place of Katie Douglas (ankle) added 13 points. The Fever dominated the lane, posting 38 points in the paint to the Lynx's 24.
Minnesota was able to string together an 8-0 run in the third quarter, giving them a 54-50 lead, only to be shut down in the fourth, when they scored only 12 points on 11.8 percent shooting. Seimone Augustus had 23 points and six rebounds, while Maya Moore had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Key matchup: Brunson vs. Larkins
Rebekkah Brunson has been a key for the Lynx through the playoffs this year, pulling off points-rebounds double-doubles in four of Minnesota's six postseason games thus far. She grabbed 10 of the team's 38 rebounds on Sunday night, and her presence on the boards will be crucial again tonight. The Lynx will also be looking for her aggressive defense in the paint, an area where Indiana was able to capitalize offensively in game one.
A key component of the Fever's inside play was Erlana Larkins, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds in their last matchup. She's averaging 11.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game through the playoffs, and she's known for the physical nature of her play.
"She is exactly the type of player that we have been looking for, what I call a warrior," Fever coach Lin Dunn said. "She does the dirty work. She sets the hard screen. She goes and gets the rebound."
Katie Douglas is still questionable after suffering a sprained ankle in the first five minutes of their final matchup with the Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference finals. She didn't return to play for the remainder of that game and wasn't with the team Sunday, as she's receiving treatment back in Indiana.
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