Scouting Report | Lynx vs. Mercury

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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6 p.m., Xcel Energy Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North, NBATV
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM

The Minnesota Lynx will take on the Phoenix Mercury for the second time in three days on Sunday night in St. Paul.

The Lynx come in at a franchise-record 14-2 overall to sit atop the WNBA standings. The Mercury enter at 11-7 on the season and are in third place.

Here are a few tidbits as we enter Sunday’s game:

  • The Lynx hold a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks (13-5) for the best record in the WNBA.
  • Minnesota is a perfect 8-0 against Western Conference opponents this season. Phoenix is 4-5 is the same category.
  • The Mercury will be without standout center Brittney Griner in the game. The team announced Friday night that Griner, who leads the WNBA in scoring this season, has a left knee bone bruise and will miss 3-4 weeks.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota and Phoenix faced off on Friday night in Phoenix, with Minnesota coming away with an 88-71 win.

In the game, Seimone Augustus had a season-high 19 points and three assists and Maya Moore had 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the way for the Lynx. Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Plenette Pierson had 10 points and four assists, Lindsay Whalen had eight points and four rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson had eight points and six rebounds in the game.

For the Mercury, Griner had 15 points and four rebounds and Diana Taurasi had 14 points and three rebounds. Danielle Robinson and Monique Currie had 10 points each and Yvonne Turner added seven points off the bench.

The Lynx hold a 2-0 season series advantage over the Mercury this season.

Key Matchup: Seimone Augustus vs. Diana Taurasi 

One of the multiple key matchups to watch out for in Sunday’s game will come between Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi.

Both players are coming off of nice performances in Friday’s contest. Augustus finished with a season-high 19 points and Taurasi had 14 points, the second-highest point total among her team in the game.

Augustus is averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, three rebounds and 0.7 steals per game so far in 2017.

Taurasi is averaging 17.9 points, 2.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game this season.

Injuries

Phoenix: Griner (left knee) is out.

Minnesota: No injuries to report.

Projected Starters

Phoenix: PG – Robinson, SG – Taurasi, SF – Talbot, PF – Currie, C – Little

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles