Scouting Report: Lynx at Fever
Game 4 - WNBA Finals
Web Editorial Associate
Lynx (1-2) vs. Fever (2-1) - 7 p.m. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Where to Watch: ESPN2
Where to Listen: 106.1 FM
If there’s one thing the Lynx know how to do, it’s respond after a tough loss.
Friday’s might have been the toughest yet, as the Lynx trailed by nearly 40 points and lost 72-59 to the Indiana Fever in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. With the Fever’s 2-1 lead, tonight’s Game 4 down in Indianapolis is a must-win for Minnesota if they want to keep their dreams of repeating as WNBA champions alive.
“We are disappointed with Friday,” forward Rebekkah Brunson said. “That is done and over with. We can’t do anything about that. We have to be optimistic about [tonight] and being able to do what we have to do. We haven’t lost any confidence--we still know what we are capable of doing, so we are just going to step on the court [tonight] and prove it.”
Last time out
They Lynx couldn’t get into a groove on Friday, as they allowed the Fever the biggest lead in WNBA Finals history (70-33 with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter). Shavonte Zellous recorded a career-high 30 points against the Lynx, and Tamika Catchings added 17 points. Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Rebekkah Brunson was the only Lynx player to reach double-figure scoring with 12 points, as coach Reeve distributed minutes all the way down the roster. A Lynx reserve lineup that played the entire fourth quarter finished 21-6 in that frame.
“What we do want to bottle up is the energy and intensity that the second group, the bench players, came in and played with,” said Augustus.
Key matchup: Whalen vs. Zellous
After putting up just seven points in her 24 minutes on Friday as part of the Lynx starting squad that couldn’t catch fire, Lindsay Whalen is ready to come out with more intensity tonight.
“[We] just have to come out and understand that [we] need a better mindset and better mentality in handling [playing on the road],” Whalen said. “It was a great atmosphere, so fun to play in that but we have to do a better job of going out and just playing, not thinking too much. We’ll come out tomorrow and we’ll be ready to go.”
They’d better be ready for Fever guard Shavonte Zellous, who put up 30 points on 59 percent shooting in Game 3. She’s averaging 10.1 points per game through the playoffs.
“I was kind of in the zone [Friday],” Zellous said. “I was focused and in-tune because we knew how important that Game 3 was on our home court for any team – us or Minnesota – and luckily we came out with that win.”
The Fever are hopeful that Katie Douglas (ankle) will be back on the floor tonight. Douglas sustained the ankle injury during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Connecticut and has missed Games 1, 2 and 3 of their series with the Lynx.
Indiana guard Jeanette Pohlen suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in Game 2 of their series with the Lynx and will not play for the remainder of the Finals.
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