Web Editorial Associate
After falling in the final seconds of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, the Minnesota Lynx are aiming to bounce back in Game 2.
Minnesota fell to Los Angeles 85-84 on Sunday at Williams Arena on a last-second shot by Chelsea Gray. With the win, the Sparks hold a 1-0 series lead over the Lynx heading into game No. 2.
“We didn’t play at a championship level, period. Certainly, disappointing is the word I come up with most. Mind boggling,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said on Monday. “To me, effort means not playing hard at all. It’s not that we didn’t play hard at all. When you’re playing on a stage like this, your energy and passion comes through when you watch the video. It wasn’t good enough to win a championship game.”
The Lynx found themselves in a hole early on in Game 1, trialing 28-2 midway through the first quarter. But they fought their way back, even taking the lead late in the fourth quarter until ultimately falling to the Sparks.
“That’s not how you want to start a playoff series. We’re not going to beat any team coming out and playing the way we did,” Sylvia Fowles said. “I do see ourselves bouncing back. We showed that we did it in the last 32 minutes (of Game 1) and I think we’ll be focused.”
On Tuesday, Game 1 goes in the rear view mirror when Game 2 tips off once again at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
“It’s really back 0-0 for Game 2, that’s our mindset coming in,” Maya Moore said. “We will take the things we need to clean up and the things we did well and make adjustments and they are going to do the same. . . It’s going to be another chess match.”
Much like last years Finals series between the two teams, the Lynx look to even the series in Game 2 after falling behind 1-0. That challenge begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Minneapolis. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.
“Ultimately you play to win so everything that happened last night, ups and downs, still, they won by one point,” Lindsay Whalen said. “We will look at the video and see what we have to do for Game 2 but we lost a game in the Finals and that’s never the outcome you want. We have to focus on Game 2 now.“