Practice Report: Tuesday, Oct. 16




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After losing 76-70 to the Indiana Fever on Sunday night to open the WNBA finals, coach Cheryl Reeve said she wasn't pleased with the level of effort or intensity that her team brought to the floor.

"Coaches always say that it's sometimes not whether you win or lose, it's how you play," Reeve said. "That's especially true when you lose. You can take a loss when you're out there competing, and every possession you're playing hard, and the other team has beat you. We didn't necessarily feel like that, not taking anything away from Indiana."

A few days removed from that loss, the Lynx took to the LifeTime Fitness Training Center today to put in some work and make adjustments in anticipation of game two tomorrow night.

The Lynx have confidence that they'll be able to bounce back with a victory in game two, as they've done so many times this season: Of their seven losses this year, five of them were isolated incidents. After facing their first defeat of the season in June, a 65-62 loss in Seattle, they responded with a decisive 102-70 victory over New York at home. More than once, it's appeared that all the Lynx needed was to return to Target Center, and fortunately for them, they don't have to leave for Indiana just yet.

"I'm hoping we won't lose two in a row," Seimone Augustus said. "We've been good in that point, bouncing back in tough game situations. This is a perfect example, a perfect time for us to be able to bounce back and go to Indiana and steal one on the road or steal two on the road and pull this championship off."

Among the differences Reeve said we can expect to see in game two is a better response to the Fever's level of physical play. She noted that game one's officials allowed a high level of physicality, especially in the contesting of shots, and that the Lynx didn't adjust or respond in the way they needed to.

"The game is physical, and we do play physical," Reeve said. "But we've got to respond. ... There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to play with a greater sense of urgency in game two, and we're going to impose our will."

Augustus talked about the necessity of getting tougher on the defensive end specifically.

"We can talk about offense all day, but defense is what wins championships, and that's what we've been focusing on today and [yesterday] in the video session, being a little bit more aggressive. And game two is definitely going to show that."


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