Practice Report | Lynx Prep For Matchup With Mercury

Mitchell Hansen
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The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury have yet to face off against each other this season.

In the next month, they will see plenty of each other.

The Lynx and Mercury will meet for the first time on Friday night in Phoenix. Throughout the course of Minnesota’s next six games, it will play Phoenix three times.

“Every time we play Phoenix, they are a competitive bunch,” Maya Moore said after practice Wednesday. “We expect a great battle from them and hopefully we can do enough and play smart to come away with wins.”

In playing a team three times over the span of six games, the Lynx anticipate that the games will have somewhat of a playoff-like feel early on in the season.

“It’s fun. It’s like a playoff series. You have to adjust and anticipate their adjustments,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We expect every possession to be hard and we expect winning to be hard.”

The game will feature two of the top scorers in the league in Lynx center Sylvia Fowles and Mercury center Brittney Griner. Fowles ranks second in the WNBA with 21 points per game, while Griner is averaging a league-best 23.1 points per game.

“You definitely have to bring it. I look forward to games where you have the opportunity to play a true five. We do a lot of things similar,” Fowles said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge but these are the games I look forward to.

“I’m just ready to play.”

Minnesota and Phoenix will square off at 9 p.m. Friday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North Plus and 1061 BOB FM.