Practice Report | Lynx Prepare To Take On New-Look Dream

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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The Minnesota Lynx will face the Atlanta Dream on Thursday for the second time in under a week.

But this time around, the Lynx will face somewhat of a different look Dream team.

Before Monday’s WNBA trade deadline, the Dream acquired center Imani Boyette, forward Tamera Young and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Chicago Sky in exchange for forward Jordan Hooper and its 2018 first-round draft pick.

“You know they are not going to change their identity as far as what they are running, what you anticipate is where they are going to insert them and whose minutes might change because of it,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said after practice Tuesday. “We anticipate that if (Boyette) is healthy, our game is one that you would use her for because Syl has been so dominant and dominated them last game. . . Tamera Young I think gives them greater depth. She’s tremendous defensively so she will fit right in with what they’re doing.”

Boyette, 6-foot-7 center, is averaging 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 22 games this season. Young, a 6-2 forward, is averaging 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24 games in 2017.

“Boyette, she’s very long. . . It’s definitely going to be a challenge, especially being in Atlanta’s system,” Sylvia Fowles said. “They run a lot and we just have to be ready for whatever they through at us. We keep it simple with how Atlanta was before this and try to add what Boyette brings to the team.”

The Lynx will practice one more time on Wednesday before taking on the Dream at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and 106.1 BOB FM.

“We’re just making sure we’re playing together. Working on different ways to get better as a team,” Lindsay Whalen said after practice. “I think today was a big communication day. . . Just focusing up on a Tuesday.”