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Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream, 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA
WNBA Finals, Game 3, Lynx Lead Series 2-0
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The Minnesota Lynx have done their job in Game 1 and 2, not allowing the Atlanta Dream to steal a game at the Target Center.
Now it's time to head to Georgia to steal a game on the road and take home the 2013 WNBA Championship.
This game is a bit different. The Dream normally play at Philips Center in Atlanta. Because of scheduling conflicts, though, the Dream's home court will be 40 miles north of Atlanta at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
Lynx small forward Maya Moore has some experience playing in the Gwinnett Center. At Collins Hill High School, Moore won three straight Georgia Class 5A state championships. All of those games were won at the Gwinnett Center. Lynx fans hope Moore can secure an additional title there, but this time one more WNBA Championship.
This isn't the first time Minnesota has had to make adjustments on the road. In the Western Conference Semifinals, Minnesota was forced to play at the Tacoma Dome rather than KeyArena when facing the Seattle Storm.
If the Lynx win, it would be their second championship in three seasons.
Last time out
The Lynx are coming off of an 88-63 win over the Dream. It was the second straight game that Minnesota won by 25 points.
Shooting guard Seimone Augustus led the way with 20 points while bringing in five rebounds. The 2011 Finals MVP was 9-of-12 from the field. Both Moore and Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points and combined for 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Post players Janel McCarville and Rebekkah Brunson were great on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the duo had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Brunson had a double-double, hauling in 10 rebounds, while McCarville brought in seven.
The Lynx shot 56.9 percent from the field, which was a WNBA Finals record. The team did have 20 turnovers, though, so there are improvements to make.
Atlanta star Angel McCoughtry led her team in points for the second straight game, scoring 15, but she was just 5-of-18 from the field. She fouled out in the fourth quarter after putting a hard hit on Whalen.
Jasmine Thomas was the only other Dream player to hit double digits, scoring 11 points. Atlanta shot just 35.8 percent from the field and it was outrebounded 40-22.
Key matchup: Augustus vs. McCoughtry
The matchup good very well be titled McCoughtry vs. McCoughtry. The Lynx have done a great job of shutting the All-Star down using a rotation of players to defend her. McCoughtry was noticeably frustrated in both games and her shooting shows it.
In the first two games, she ishot a combined 11-of-42 for just 32 points. She has also gotten herself into foul trouble. In Game 1, she finished with four fouls before fouling out in Game 2.
The Lynx are familiar with this type of attitude from McCoughtry. Back in 2011, McCoughtry's body language made it clear that the Lynx were pestering her.
When asked if McCoughtry was a bit upset after Game 2, Moore responded, "We hope so. That's the goal."
If McCoughtry plays like she did in the first two games, things won't go well for Atlanta and the Lynx could very well be making a trip back to Minneapolis with another championship trophy.
Atlanta center Sancho Lyttle is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Minnesota looks to be healthy.
Ratke on the road
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