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The Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks will face off in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
The Sparks come into the game with a 2-1 series lead over the Lynx in the best-of-five series.
Prior to tip off at 7:30 p.m. (CT), check out our three Keys to the Game heading into Game 4.
1. Coming Out With A Quick Start
So far this series, the team that has come out with an early lead has come away with the victory in the game.
In Games 1 and 3, Los Angeles came out of the gate with a quick start, leading by as much as 26 points in Game 1 and 13 points in Game 3.
In Game 2, Minnesota led by as much as 20 points to end up getting the win.
It will once again by a key to the game in Game 4 on Sunday night. So far in this series, the team who leads early ends up ultimately leading once the game is over.
2. Can Lynx Bench Play Continue?
After scoring six bench points in Game 1 and seven in Game 2, the Lynx bench exploded for 27 points in Game 3 in Los Angeles, outscoring the Sparks bench 27-11.
In Game 4 on Sunday night, that kind of production could be big in helping Minnesota force a winner-take-all Game 5.
Some names to keep an eye on coming off the bench for the Lynx in Game 4 will be Renee Montgomery, Jia Perkins, Plenette Pierson, Natasha Howard and Alexis Jones.
3. Taking Care Of The Ball
One thing the Lynx talked about following Friday’s Game 3 loss and prior to Sunday’s Game 4 was the way they took care of the ball in Game 3.
Minnesota committed 15 turnovers in Friday’s game, something that head coach Cheryl Reeve said the Lynx are focusing on fixing.
Taking care of the ball will certainly be a very big key for Minnesota in Game 4 on Sunday. If the Lynx can do that, that will allow them to get into the flow of their offense.
And as as we all know, when that happens, the Lynx are an awfully hard team to stop.
Sunday’s game between Minnesota and Los Angeles will tip off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The game will be aired on ESPN, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.