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Tulsa Shock (3-7) vs. Minnesota Lynx (5-2), 6 p.m., Target Center

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The bad news? The Lynx are coming off an 87-59 lopsided road loss courtesy of the Los Angeles Sparks.

The good news? The last time the Lynx lost a road game, they bounced back with a win at home.

Minnesota lost to the Washington Mystics 85-80 back on June 8, but bounced back to beat San Antonio at home on June 11.

They hope that after Friday’s loss, they will get the same results against the Tulsa Shock, a team they have defeated already this season.

Last time out

The Lynx are coming off a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Sparks (4-2), a Western Conference rival, 87-59. Minnesota trailed 26-12 after the first quarter, and it didn't get any better from there, as they were down 50-24 at halftime.

No starter for Minnesota scored more than seven points and the five shot a combined 7-for-25. Guard Monica Wright scored 14 points off the bench, while rookie Sugar Rodgers scored 10 points and hauled in six rebounds. Both were career highs.

It wasn't a pretty game, to say the least. The Lynx normally don't do well in the Staples Center, though. They have lost nine of their last 10 games at the arena. The Lynx were also outrebounded for the first time all season, falling 43-31 on the boards. One has to think Rebekkah Brunson might have a chip on her shoulder heading into Sunday evening's game.

Tulsa played late on Saturday night, as they hosted the Seattle Storm.

They will have some confidence heading into Target Center as they defeated Seattle 92-70. Six Shock players scored 10 or more points. Guard Roneeka Hodges led the way with 19 points off the bench.

Rookie point guard Skylar Diggins finished with 11 points and a dished out a game-high six assists. Former Lynx guard Candice Wiggins finished with eight points.

The last time Minnesota hosted Tulsa was on August 31 of last season. The Lynx came away with a 92-83 victory behind 19 points from Moore, Brunson and Whalen. Augustus pitched in 18 points as well.

Key matchup: Augustus vs. Wiggins

Augustus is coming off the worst game of her season, shooting just 3-for-8 with six points against Los Angeles. It's the only game this season Augustus has scored less than 11 points.

That's the bad news.

The good news is, last time the Lynx matched up against Tulsa on June 14, the former No. 1 pick was an efficient 5-for-9, finishing with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocks. She's averaged 19 points throughout her career, and 16 this season, so it's very doubtful she'll score in the single digits again. Lynx fans just hope she does so in an efficient way.

Wiggins is coming off of an average performance against Seattle.

In her first game against her former club, she finished with a season-high 18 points. Augustus and company will try to make sure that doesn't happen again.

While she was in Minnesota, Wiggins primarily played backup point guard, but in Tulsa, she's been shifted to the 2 to make way for Diggins. After scoring a combined 14 points in her first three games, Wiggins has adjusted well as of late, scoring 14 or more points in three of her last four games.

Injury report

The Lynx are at full strength.

For Tulsa, center Elizabeth Cambage is doubtful for Sunday's game with an ankle injury, while forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones is out indefinitely with a leg injury.


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