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Minnesota Lynx (27-10) vs. Phoenix Mercury (32-6) 9:00 PM, US Airways Center

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Western Conference Finals, Game 2


Here we are. Win or go home.

After a scare in Game 2, the Lynx are riding on a strong second half on Sunday, hoping to bring that momentum into the deciding Game 3.

It won’t be easy, especially on the road against a Phoenix team that finished with the best record in WNBA history in 2014. A win would bring the Lynx to the WNBA Finals for the fourth straight season. They are hoping that results in winning their third, and second consecutive WNBA title.

This is a matchup that experts have had pretty much penciled in for the WNBA Western Conference all season long and finally, WNBA fans will be able to see who will go to the WNBA Finals out of the West.

Maybe head into work a bit late on Wednesday as this is a late one. Tune into NBA-TV or WNBA Live Access.

Game 1 Recap

The two teams last matched up on Sunday at the Target Center on national television. After trailing 22-9 after the first quarter, the Lynx rallied to take down the Mercury 82-77 in front of 10,613 fans.

MVP Maya Moore put up 32 points, nine rebounds and three steals. She played every minute of the game. Seimone Augustus added 23 points (including a very timely three-point play at the end of the game), while shooting 7-of-16 from the field. Lindsay Whalen added 17 points and a game-high seven assists.

Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Candice Dupree added 18 points, while Brittney Griner added 14. The Lynx held Griner to just three rebounds.

Key Matchup: Minnesota Post Players vs. Brittney Griner

On Friday, Griner played well, scoring 23 points while hauling in 11 boards. On Sunday? She was decent, scoring 14 points, but she hauled in just three boards. If the Lynx can keep Griner off the glass, it likely means good things.

As far as blocks, go, she’s going to get hers. She’s had at least two blocks in every game since July 13. Another way to keep Griner out of the game is to drive and attack her. Sure, it could result in a block, but it could also get the former Baylor star into foul trouble, something she’s familiar with.

Another matchup to keep an eye on is between Taurasi and Whalen. We’ve seen over the years that the Lynx have been able to bug Taurasi. When that happens, the former Connecticut star get in her own head, shoots arrant shots and her team gets out of its rhythm. You better believe Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has said this once or twice to her squad.

Injury Report

Both teams appear to be at full strength.


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