On July 2 after the Minnesota Lynx lost 66-96 to the Los Angeles Sparks, there were many questions surrounding the Lynx.
Were they the best team in the West? Did they have the right starting five on the court at all times?
Well, four games later, we are changing our tune a bit. In the last calendar week, the Lynx have beaten a rising Phoenix team, the Eastern leading Atlanta squad, the defending champions and a scrappy Tulsa team.
The Lynx now sit at 11-3 are one and a half games ahead of LA for first place in the Western Conference.
After the busy week, the Lynx only have one game this week coming on Thursday against the Silver Stars.
Do you know what that means? PRACTICE REPORTS! Don’t lie, you know you’ve missed them… Maybe? Don’t answer that question.
Augustus missed three straight games after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday against the Mercury. I’m not sure if she’ll be back on Thursday. We’ll have an update later this week. Monica Wright has done a great job filling in so far. In her first two games as a starter, Wright averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists and three steals per game.
That’s pretty darn good.
The only negative is that with Wright in the starting lineup, the depth on the team is in rough shape. Injuries are so tough to deal with the WNBA because teams have only 11 roster spots.
Wright’s been great, but the Lynx need Augustus back to strengthen the bench more than the starting lineup. I could only imagine a team like Indiana, San Antonio or Connecticut. Those squads have had to deal with multiple injuries all season long. The season in only 34 games long, it’s not like there is a lot of time to bounce back.
I had the opportunity to talk to former WNBA player, Hall of Famer and current ESPN broadcaster Rebecca Lobo before Tuesday’s game.
First off, it’s awesome that she took time out of her hectic day to sit down with me. She’s a player who changed the sport, so it was special for me to sit down with her and pick her brain a bit.
If you missed that article, click here.
She thinks the West will come down to either LA, Phoenix or Minnesota. She said if the Lynx can stay healthy, they might just be the team to beat.
Lynx fans just smiled when they read that.
All-Star Game is coming up
Today is the last day to vote for your favorite All-Stars. From what I hear, all of the Lynx players need your votes.
It would be a travesty if Lindsay Whalen or Rebekkah¬¬ Brunson weren’t voted in as starters, in my opinion. Whalen is the best point guard in the league and has been playing out of her mind lately. Brunson is as consistent as they come.
You can vote here.
Again, I’m not on the ballot for best website writer. Maybe next year. I can always dream.
Well, folks. That’s all I’ve got this week. Check back in tomorrow for a Practice Report.
As always, thanks for reading. Have a great week.
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