Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Fever
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Minnesota Lynx (10-4) vs. Indiana Fever (6-5) 6:00 p.m., Target Center
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Where to watch: Fox Sports North, NBATV, WNBA LiveAccess
The Minnesota Lynx got a much-needed 75-65 win over Washington on Friday night, coming off a loss on the road to a tough Phoenix team.
Now, the team looks to finish a stretch that saw six games in 10 days against the Indiana Fever at Target Center.
This is the first of two games the teams will play this season, and they will not see each other again until the beginning of August.
Minnesota swept the series in 2013, with a 69-62 victory at Indiana and a 84-77 victory at home. Though it wasn’t the case last season, Indiana has had the Lynx’s number in the past, including beating Minnesota in the 2012 WNBA Finals.
This Week’s Results
The Lynx have had a bear of a week, playing six games over the course of 10 days. Half of those games have been on the road, with the final two coming in the form of a homestand against Washington on Friday and Indiana on Sunday.
Over this stretch, Minnesota has gone 2-3, with wins against Los Angeles on the road and Washington at home.
Coach Cheryl Reeve has had to make tough adjustments on defense, deal with an injured Seimone Augustus who sat out the game in Phoenix and has been playing through pain in others, and has not been able to host a practice in nearly a week and a half.
Despite those struggles, the Lynx are looking to come out .500 from these six games going into a much calmer week.
This is the first meeting of the two teams this season, so we look back to 2013 for their last matchup.
A couple of weeks before the Lynx started their playoff run, the team hosted the Fever at Target Center and came away with a 84-77 victory.
Maya Moore led Minnesota with 35 points in the game, while Janel McCarville and Seimone Augustus each finished in double-digits.
The leading scorers for Indiana were Tamika Catchings—who is expected to be out against Minnesota with a back injury—Shavonte Zellous and Layshia Clarendon.
Key Matchup: Maya Moore vs. Erlana Larkins
Sunday’s game will put the shooting and driving abilites of Maya Moore up against the powerful rebounding and muscle of Erlana Larkins.
Moore is consistently an offensive leader for the Lynx, and already has six games with 30+ points this season. She is known for her creativity and play-making ability, as well as her fearlessness.
This should be an interesting matchup against Larkins. In 2012, the year Larkins signed with the Fever, she broke WNBA rebounding records in the regular season and in the Finals—against Minnesota.
These two are familiar with each other’s games and will be a good test for one another on Sunday.
Center Rebekkah Brunson is out for the Lynx for at least another month following knee surgery this spring.
Fever forward Tamika Catchings is out indefinitely with what’s listed as a back injury.
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