Thursday Practice Report
Minnesota has enjoyed some home cooking for much of July. Four of the team's first five games have been at the Target Center. But that home cooking, was a little too well done. The Lynx have not taken advantage of the games at home, going 1-3 in those four home games.
It might be a surprise to think Minnesota might be looking forward to getting out of the Twin Cities and back out on the road. The Lynx won the only road game of the month, defeating the Silver Stars in San Antonio. On the season, Minnesota is 4-2 on the road and 5-4 at home.
The Lynx spent much of practice Thursday putting Wednesday's loss to the Dream behind them and preparing for a difficult road trip to Seattle and Phoenix -- the only two places the Lynx have lost on the road this season.
"We're trying to get two wins on the road," guard Candice Wiggins said. "First test: Seattle. We've got to be really focused to beat them. But I think there were good spirits today. We worked so hard in practice. We bounced back. It's a good feeling. We're going to be really really focused. On the road, we've been doing really well this season. So we're on Seattle right now."
Seattle is a team that has defeated Minnesota twice this season. One of those games, granted, was the first game the team played after Seimone Augustus' injury and was the final game of three games in four nights kick out West. The Storm have hit a rough patch recently, dropping their last two, but have defeated the Lynx in the last six meetings, sweeping last year's three-game series.
The game also has implications for the Western Conference standings as Minnesota stands a half game ahead of Seattle.
Wiggins said the Storm are an extremely disciplined team. To beat a team like that, she said Minnesota has to do the little things and not get caught up in what Seattle is doing. The Lynx must dictate the pace and stick to their gameplan.
That has been one of the things Minnesota has struggled with in the last five games. The team is 2-3 since racing out to a 7-3 start and has been inconsistent on offense and defense. Usually, though, the Lynx are following a bad game with a good game. To break that string, Wiggins said the team has to keep looking forward.
"You can't really discuss what happened in the past," Wiggins said. "You can't really think about what happened in the past. You have to focus on what's going on now. You can either sit there and talk about your future or your history or you can go out there and you can make it happen. That's what we're trying to do right now. We're not trying to talk about what happened in the past or what can happen. We're trying to make something special right now."
Candice Wiggins Audio
Candice Wiggins says the team is putting its mistakes behind them and focusing on playing their game during their upcoming road trip to Seattle and Phoenix.
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