MENZIE HENDERSON
Lynx Writer


Lynx at Dream | 7:00 PM Philips Arena
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SCOUTING REPORT:

Big Picture
The Minnesota Lynx have used the energy of their home crowd at Target Center to take a 2-0 advantage in the WNBA Finals. Tonight, they will attempt to take the title for the first time in franchise history, but will be put to the test on the road against the Atlanta Dream.

The Dream will look to avoid a second straight finals disappointment, having been swept by the Seattle Storm in last year's finals.

Injury Report
Lynx center Taj McWilliams-Franklin went down with an injury late in the third quarter of Game 2 and was forced to remain sidelined. Tonight, she is listed as questionable with a sprained right knee.

While McWilliams-Franklin's absence could be significant, expect reserves Jess Adair and Amber Harris to be ready to fill in ably. In Game 2, the two bench players provided big shots in crucial moments. Adair finished with 13 points and three blocks, while Harris added five huge second half points.

Match-up to Watch
Seimone Augustus vs. Angel McCoughtry

In Game 2, fans witnessed two of the greatest individual postseason offensive performances in history. McCoughtry set a WNBA Finals record with 38 points, while Augustus poured in 36. Game 3 could easily develop into another scoring shootout between the two former No. 1 draft picks.

With every basket McCoughtry has scored, Augustus seems to have an answer. "I didn't think I had to match Angel point-for-point; it just happened that way,'' Augustus said following Game 2. "Angel, oh my God, every defender we threw at her did a great job of trying to get a hand in her face and even with that she made tough shots. That's all that you can ask for is to get a hand up and contest each shot. She had a wonderful game, but at the end, we got the victory."

Augustus delivered the final blow in the battle between the two elite scorers, dropping 15 points in the fourth to propel the Lynx to a commanding 2-0 series lead.

What to Look For
GAME 1: MIN 88 - ATL 74 | Game Recap
GAME 2: MIN 101 - ATL 95 | Game Recap
GAME 3: Fri. Oct. 7 8:00 PM | TIX
As the series continues, the two squads have become more physical and aggressive. Game 2 was decided for the Lynx at the charity stripe where they shot 24 free throws to the Dream's seven in the fourth quarter. The Dream drew 33 fouls, 10 more than the Lynx.

An upset Angel McCoughtry said following the physical game, "I just want to say that the game should be determined by Atlanta and Minnesota. Let us battle it out. If we come out bloody, we come out bloody. Let us battle it out. We don't want to see it determined by other things.''

With the series on the line on their home court in Atlanta, expect McCoughtry and the Dream to come out aggressive. The Lynx must stay focused to weather the attack and be ready for an all out battle at Philips Arena.


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