Practice Report: Tuesday, Sept. 25




Alex Conover
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As the Lynx finished their first practice after the conclusion of their regular season, everyone could feel that the atmosphere was already elevated to a playoff feeling.

"It's a new level, and our players recognize that," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "We had a team meeting in San Antonio, and we asked the veterans to describe the playoffs. To a tee, they all said that everything picks up and everything matters. That's how we approach our business now."

The first test will be on Friday when the Seattle Storm come to town. Seattle was the first team to break Minnesota's winning streak at the beginning of the season, and the Lynx have not forgotten how scrappy the Storm can be.

"Every team that's in the playoffs, especially the West, you're talking about extremely talented teams," Reeve added. "Our mindset is 'how are we going to get past Seattle,' because they've played us tough every time. I do know this: if we bring our A+ game, we're going to be hard to beat. At this time of year, if we bring our A game and someone brings A+, we could have a problem.

"I don't subscribe to the notion that it's a new season, because it's not. We are who we are statistically, and we'll continue to be that team. It's just a matter of us executing in a three-game series, 120 minutes against Seattle."

Lynx getting healthy

With some key players returning from time off, the Lynx staff has had to adjust their gameplan. One project is getting Seimone Augustus back to peak form after suffering a nagging right foot strain.

I like the way Seimone played in all three games (since the injury)," Reeve said. "The most important thing to me is how she's getting her shots. She wanted to play, she isn't a player who wanted to sit and rest. I think it's really important for her to get that mojo back."

Another player that is working towards returning to health is Amber Harris. Reeve disclosed at practice that the second-year forward who has not played since Sept. 14 has been suffering from mononucleosis.

"Amber's back, and this is the first time we've seen her since that Indiana game," Reeve said. "She was struggling beforehand and was eventually diagnosed with mono. As you know, that's a heavy fatigue illness, and this is her first day back. She really has no legs under her, because we don't want to lengthen this. It's good to see her, but I don't know how much of an impact she'll make in the immediate future."


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