Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Liberty
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Minnesota Lynx (13-5) @ New York Liberty (6-11) 1:00 PM, Madison Square Garden r
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The Lynx enter Sunday’s game with the New York Liberty on a two-game winning streak. Minnesota most recently defeated the San Antonio Stars at the Target Center but it hasn’t been great on the road this season.
The Lynx are 7-4 on the road this season and Sunday’s game in a loud environment that is Madison Square Garden could prove challenging for the team.
Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore both seemed very excited for the trip after the win over the Stars on Thursday night, but made it very clear that their team is there for a business trip, not a vacation.
This Week’s Results
Minnesota is fresh off a 74-69 win over San Antonio on Thursday night at the Target Center. That win moved the Lynx just 0.5 games behind the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference.
Whalen lead the way for the Lynx in the win over the Stars with 22 points. Moore was right behind with 21 points.
Minnesota took over Thursday night with a 20-1 run during the middle part of the game. That run was sparked by tenacious work on the defensive end and unselfish play on the offensive end.
The Lynx and the Liberty faced off earlier this season and Minnesota came out on top with an 87-82 win at Target Center.
Moore exploded for 30 points during the meeting in May. She leads the WNBA in scoring and will look to match that output Sunday afternoon.
The Lynx were outrebounded 37-28 last game — something that could spell trouble if the numbers at all similar this time around.
Key Matchup: Janel McCarville vs. Tina Charles
Janel McCarville has been up and down this season. She’ll snap off for 20 points at times, and in other games she’ll struggle on the offensive end.
Tina Charles has been the mark of consistency for New York roster amid the team’s struggles on the court. Charles is seventh in the league in scoring and fourth on the boards.
That sets up a perfect matchup in the post that could have serious implication on which team wins the game.
Charles got the best of McCarville in the last matchup and the Lynx still walked away with a win. That’s not to say the Lynx will lose if Charles outplays McCarville, but with Seimone Augustus nursing a knee ailment and Rebekkah Brunson recovering from knee surgery, McCarville’s ability to both score and defend in the post could be pivotal in the way the game plays out.
Augustus missed her second straight game Thursday night as she continues to work back from knee bursitis. It hasn’t yet been announced whether she’ll play Sunday afternoon, but it looks like she’ll miss the game as she’s been limited in practice this week.
Brunson is progressing steadily and could be ready to hit the floor again soon, but don’t expect that to be against the Liberty. She still hasn’t gone 100 percent in a Lynx practice and it could still be a little bit before she actual plays in a game for the team.
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