Practice Report: Monday, June 10
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Coming off their first loss of the season, Monday's Minnesota Lynx practice had a different vibe to it compared to practices last week.
Losing one game is no reason to panic and the Lynx are fully aware of that. Monday's practice consisted more of tightening up the "little" things and dealing with defensive adjustments.
The practice lasted roughly two hours. Head coach Cheryl Reeve said she normally doesn't like to keep players that long before a game day, but she thought there were a few things that needed to get worked out before the Tuesday's game against the Silver Stars.
Reeve noted that she doesn't think a loss was required for the team to learn a lesson. She believes plenty of lessons can be learned during wins as well.
"I don't want to learn those lessons. It's a lesson this group should know," Reeve said. "It was a hard game from the standpoint that we need to play a lot better on the road. We took some things for granted after our first two home wins... We lost the understanding that it was the little things that got us where we were."
Three players on the team scored more than 20 points - Maya Moore had 22, Rebekkah Brunson finished with 21 while Seimone Augustus added 21, but Reeve stressed that numbers don't indicate everything. Moore and Augustus shot a combined 15-for-44, which is very uncharacteristic of the duo. Coming into the game, Augustus had shot a combined 18-for-26 in two games.
Brunson was more efficient, hitting 8-of-11 shots.
"I thought that Brunson, as the game went a long, was trying to will us to win. She had a great fourth quarter," Reeve said.
The Lynx were practicing against the same group of male practice squad members that the team has gone up against since the early days of training camp.
Minnesota won't get much of a break as it will focus on a Silver Stars team that has a 2-2 record after falling 72-70 to the Chicago Sky on Sunday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Target Center.
"They are going to play hard," Reeve said. "Jia Perkins is an excellent offensive player. They are going to challenge us scheme-wise... If we're not on point it will be a tough night for us."
They Said It
"It just doesn't ever feel good to lose that way and we definitely use it as motivation... We have to be the hardest working and most disciplined team." - Moore responding to whether or not Saturday's loss can be looked at as a positive.
Point guard Lindsay Whalen sat out of a few team drills but it doesn't seem to be anything serious. Chances are Reeve is letting her veteran sit while she gets Monica Wright, who has moved to the backup point guard this season, more reps. After starting the season with two double-digit scoring games, Wright had just four points in Saturday's loss, shooting 1-for-8 from the field. She also had three turnovers.
The Silver Stars look like they will be without Sophia Young (knee) and Hammon (finger) for Tuesday's game.
That's all I've got for today, folks. Look for a GameDay Central post tomorrow morning previewing Tuesday's game against the Silver Stars.
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