Hello, folks. I hope you had a great weekend. Itís a beautiful little Sunday here in Minneapolis.
How about that win from the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night? Not a bad little way to get back at a Los Angeles Sparks team that embarrassed the Lynx at the Staples Center.
More on that later.
You may have noticed that over the last two weeks, the folks at Lynxbasketball.com and I have been discussing the All-Star Game, the history of it and what players on the Lynx should and likely will represent the team in the 2013 All-Star Game.
Well, the game is scheduled to be played on July 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Connecticut. (Itís almost July. Oh my. Where did time go?)
The WNBA All-Star game has always been a little bit odd because every four years the game is put on hold due to Olympic play.
This year, the Lynx have four strong candidates to make the All-Star Game. Point guard Lindsay Whalen knows exactly when and what to do during a game. She might be the only player in the league who could score no points and still have an amazing impact on a game.
Shooting guard Seimone Augustus is one of the leagueís best scorers. Small forward Maya Moore is one of, if not, the best all-around players in the league.
Power forward Rebekkah Brunson a rebounding and a double-double machine.
And lost in all of this is center Janel McCarville. Sheís not going to knock anyone off their feet when it comes to one category on the box score, but she does a little bit of everything. And she might have the most unique hair on the team.
Itís worth noting that guard Monica Wright would likely be a starting shooting guard for most teams in the league and if there was voting for coaches, Cheryl Reeve would be voted it on her coat throwing ability alone.
Iím not going to sit here and tell you who to vote for or what not. Thatís your thing. I will tell you that Minnesota is in a very unique spot, and has been for the last few years. Donít take these stars for granted and let other players steal their spot in the game if you believe they are deserving. This week, weíll be profile Augustus and Moore.
Iíve been asked if there is a vote limit. The answer is no. So if you want to take Tuesday off and vote for Whalen all day, nobody is stopping you. Itís a little odd to take a day off of work for that, but hey, Iím not one to judge.
You can vote for the All-Star game by clicking here. No, there isnít a vote for column writers. Iím working on that.
Whalen has been nominated as the ďBest WNBA PlayerĒ for the ESPYs. Thatís a pretty good honor. For some that may come as a surprise with so much talent on the team, but those inside the league think of Whalen very highly and rightfully so. She deserves the nomination and itís not hard to make a case that she deserves the award.
Forward Dev Peters played a phenomenal 25 minutes off the bench in Fridayís 88-64 win over the Sparks. She scored 14 points, collected nine rebounds and dished out three assists. I had a fan email me over the weekend that said Peters has the tools to be the ďBill RussellĒ of the WNBA. Iím not sure if Iím ready to say that, but she is starting to play like an All-Star as well. Hopefully Reeve can keep finding her minutes.
Minnesota plays Los Angeles on Tuesday for the third time in four games. Iím not sure if thatís a scheduling issue or was intentional, but itís a little odd.
Holy, Phoenix. Donít look now, but Phoenix just sits a game and a half back from the Lynx with a 7-4 record. Anytime Diana Taurasi is on the floor, they have a chance to win. Sheís been great so far this season.
Well, thatís all Iíve got today, folks. Enjoy your week.
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