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Minnesota Lynx (26-5) at San Antonio Stars (16-19), 6 p.m., AT&T Center

Where To Listen: BOB 106.1 FM

Where To Watch: ESPN 2

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 2

After an impressive three quarters against the San Antonio Stars on Thursday night, the Minnesota Lynx now find themselves in position to advance to the Western Conference Finals… Again.

While the basketball community is drooling over a possible Lynx and Phoenix Mercury matchup in the Western Conference Finals, it’s important for the Lynx to stay focused on the Stars. We saw just how dangerous how the Stars can be in Thursday’s fourth quarter matchup.

All signs point to the Lynx finishing this series tonight, being the Lynx are 5-1 against the Stars this season. Still, this is Becky Hammon’s last stand. You better believe the team and arena will be fighting for her, as they should. There might be a little more intensity in this game than “just another” playoff game.

Make sure to tune in on ESPN 2 and BOB 106.1 FM.

Game 1 Results

The Lynx won Game 1 at the Target Center on Thursday, 88-84. The Lynx escaped a near collapse, as they led 65-53 going into the third quarter before the Stars ended up taking a 73-72 lead in the fourth. Thanks to some sharp-shooting (the Lynx made six of their last seven shots); the Lynx were able to hold onto the win.

After accepting her first MVP Award, Maya Moore led the Lynx with 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Seimone Augustsus added 16 points, while Janel McCarville added 11. Lindsay Whalen had the team’s only double-double, finished with 10 points, a game-high 11 assists and a team-high seven rebounds. The Lynx shot 48 percent from the field.

Rookie Kayla McBride led San Antonio with 20 points, going 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. Hammon added 17 points and five assists. Post Danielle Adams had a double-double, scoring 12 points while hauling in 10 rebounds. Sophia Young-Malcolm led the second unit with 16 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

The Stars shot an impressive 51.5 percent from the field, but they had 15 turnovers compared to Minnesota’s mark of eight.

Key Matchup: Lindsay Whalen vs. Becky Hammon

When you discuss two of the most influential guards in WNBA history, it’d be a mistake not to mention Whalen and Hammon. Unfortunately for the WNBA, this could be Hammon’s last game in the league. Before the season, she announced that the 2014 campaign would be the last as a player.

Luckily for basketball fans, she’ll be joining the NBA as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

Hammon, although she is retiring, still has plenty of game in her. This season, she averaged 8.3 points to go with 4.2 assists per game. She’s stepped up against the Lynx, though, averaging 13.6 points per game and 5.3 assists per game.

In what could be her last game against the Lynx, expect Hammon will give it her all.

Whalen has had herself a pretty good season herself. The All-Star averaged 14.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. In six games against the Stars, she’s averaging 15.3 points, seven assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. While Whalen won’t be guarding Hammon (Hammon has moved to playing off the ball with the emergence of Danielle Robinson), these are two of the league’s classiest players. It should be a fun battle.

Injury Report

Minnesota forward Damiris Dantas (personal) is questionable.

San Antonio guard Davellyn Whyte (knee) remains out for the season.


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