This year’s version of the WNBA Finals is certainly not lacking in storylines. There’s intrigue surrounding both the Minnesota Lynx and the Indiana Fever. There’s Maya Moore and the chance she has to add to her legacy – one that is already rich in accomplishments and accolades.
There’s Tamika Catchings and her pursuit of a second WNBA title in what she says is her penultimate season in the league. And that first title? It came against this same Minnesota franchise.
The Lynx are looking to get revenge for the loss in 2012 and reclaim the WNBA championship trophy. And those are just a few. Take a deeper look at some of the top storylines surrounding the WNBA Finals 2015 presented by Boost Mobile.
Maya Moore’s Legacy
While Maya Moore has always had a team-first philosphy, it’s hard not to think about what another title would mean for her and her young, yet growing legacy. While she has shared success with the rest of the Lynx core since she joined the league in 2011 — namely Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus — another WNBA championship will instantly vault Moore even higher up the list of all-time greats. It may seem a bit premature, but consider this: a win would give her three WNBA titles to go along with at least one Finals MVP, a regular season MVP, a scoring title and and an All-Star MVP. All that and she’s only 26.
The Big Win For Big Syl?
After spending her entire career in Chicago, Sylvia Fowles was traded to Minnesota in July In her seven seasons with the Sky — after being the N0. 2 overall pick in 2008 — the team only made the Playoffs twice (2013, 2014). Last season, however, Fowles was a key contributor on a team that made it to the WNBA Finals yet was ultimately swept by the Phoenix Mercury. Fowles, a three-time All Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, has endured plenty of losing seasons in her WNBA career and that may explain her desire to be in Minnesota. Fowles will play a crucial role in this series — she forms a dominating inside duo with Rebekkah Brunson — and a title here would be a crowning achievement for a player that has individual accolades but no team hardware.
Catchings Chasing Second Championship
Tamika Catchings waited a long time to taste WNBA glory. A second championship at this stage in her career, with all of the things she’s accomplished this season (and in her career), would be instant-classic movie material. Catchings has been dominant in the postseason and willed her team to victory numerous times.
And this particular storyline is so massive that it’s on the minds of the entire Fever roster. They are not shy about the fact that they are going the extra mile because they want to win for Catchings. As if the chance to be crowned WNBA champions wasn’t enough, the Fever have all sorts of extra motivating factors that have driven them to this point.
Only time will tell if that drive and their locked in play will be enough to secure Catchings that second title.
White Chasing History
Stephanie White is chasing a title, but she’s also chasing history. Well, even more history. By making it to the WNBA Finals she became the first ever rookie head coach to make the finals in her first season with no prior head coaching experience.
And while her team claims that it is playing for Catchings, it’s Catchings that says the team is playing as much for White as they are for Tamika. In fact, Catchings recently told reporters that the team would “run through a wall” for White. Glowing praise for any coach, let alone one in her first season leading the way.
White has come in this season and made a seamless transition from an assistant under former head coach Lin Dunn to the top job. Now, she has a chance cement her name on a list of championship head coaches.
2012 Finals Rematch
The Lynx were the heavy favorites in the 2012 WNBA Finals, but Catchings and the Fever stunned Minnesota and took the series in four games. Catchings was the series MVP and, at long last, one of the all-time greats finally got that first title.
Now they meet again with a fresh crop of storylines leading this series. But the one that looms large is Minnesota’s ability to get revenge. Sure, when you ask the players they’ll likely talk about the here and now. This is a new season, a new series and a new opportunity to bring their season full circle with a title.
But any time you lose to a team in the finals, there’s always a drive to get revenge the next time the two teams meet. When the series tips off on Sunday, Minnesota will finally begin their quest to make that a reality.