TEN OUT OF ELEVEN AIN'T BAD:
I hope you tuned in or rolled into Target Center for the Lynx/Mercury tilt on July 7th. The Lynx dismantled Phoenix in a very impressive way! We have now beat the Mercury 10 out of last 11 games. It was all about defense and just shows how effective the Lynx can be when they play great team D. Holding the Mercury to 36% shooting and holding Diana Taurasi to a season low four points was incredible! I was at shoot-around before the game and, let me tell you, the team was focused. Coming off that 30 point loss to LA had the team zeroed in and ready to go! We play Phoenix two more times before the All-Star break and Iím sure they will use that loss as incentive.
WAS IT A DREAM?:
Another amazing home victory when Angel McCoughtry and her Dream pulled into Target Center with the best record in the WNBA. A short-handed Lynx squad came out of the gate ready to play. Shooting 51.5 percent from the field the Lynx destroyed Atlanta 94 to 72. How about the play of Miss Sugar Rodgers logging over 19 minutes and Janel McCarville with a big block and 4 assists!
OUCH, I CANíT LOOK:
I have never been one of those people who can watch when athletes get injured and they keep showing the replay over and over. When Seimone sprained her ankle during the Phoenix game I wanted to keep my head down but I had to look so we could tell the viewers what was going on. It was clear she was in a good deal of pain which was tough to watch. Good news is it wasnít her knee. She is an elite athlete who should heal quickly. Get some rest Seimone, we need you back soon!!!
THE EXPERTS WERE HERE:
I mentioned last week how I felt that our Lynx had been slighted by all of the experts on draft day. Well one of those experts, Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo, was at Target Center broadcasting the game on ESPN2. Lobo has had a huge impact on womenís basketball. Her 35-0 UConn Huskies won a championship in 1995. In 1997 she was assigned to the New York Liberty in the inaugural season of the WNBA. In 2010 she was inducted into the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame. On top of all that she is a complete class act! I had the opportunity to ask her questions at a pre-game event. She chuckled about how we felt snubbed by her draft day comments. She did mention that she had predicted that Minnesota, Phoenix and LA would be battling for the top spots in the West. The East has been a bit of a surprise due to injuries which obviously no one can predict. She and her broadcast partner Ryan Ruocco both have been incredibly impressed with Elena Delle Donne who they say now is the Rookie of the year. She was my pick as well for Rookie of the Year. Remember, Lobo is technically one of us since she is married to Minnesota native Steve Rushin, an amazing writer for Sports Illustrated and many other venues.
Time to pack the bags and hit the road! The one good thing about traveling is this is when the players really bond. Lots of time is spent together allowing the players time to connect while sitting on buses and planes. The Lynx have four games on the road before they play again back at Target Center. Indiana, Tulsa, San Antonio and Phoenix will all be waiting to battle the Lynx. To be a legitimate contender to advance in the playoffs you want to be close to .500 on the road. Hereís to safe travels and road wins!
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