Practice Report | 8-0 And Still On The Up

Todd Barin

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The Minnesota Lynx continued their undefeated ways on Tuesday night and were back in the gym for practice on Thursday morning before heading to Atlanta.

The 8-0 Lynx will head into their game against the Dream on Friday night beaming with confidence after a true team win versus Phoenix in their last game.

Rebekkah Brunson and Jia Perkins had arguably their best games of the season so far and it came at a good time, as Seimone Augustus unfortunately left the game early in the third quarter with a head injury.

“For sure, absolutely, as we’ve been playing you have to change up what you were doing with a different team and try and get adjusted back to what’s expected here,” Brunson said of adjusting to her Lynx teammates after playing overseas in the offseason. “It took a little bit, a couple of up and downs, but I think we’re in a groove now.”

Brunson recorded a great overall game, finishing the night with 12 points, nine boards and four assists.

“I thought throughout the game, and I told her this, Rebekkah was doing all of the right things, she went to another level, as our team did when Lindsay (Whalen) drove to the basket and challenged Griner,” Lynx’ head coach Cheryl Reeve said.

Perkins, who had some difficulty hitting shots in her first couple of games, really came out strong in their victory against Phoenix, scoring 11 points and recording a team-high +18 plus/minus rating.

“We weren’t ever getting down on her about taking open shots within the flow of her game,” Maya Moore said. “When that ball goes in for all of us, it’s not just her that’s like, ‘yes,’ it’s all of us that are cheering for her. We know that when she’s making her open shots that it’s really, really hard to stop us offensively.”

As previously mentioned, Augustus was forced to come out of the game due to concussion like symptoms in the third quarter in Tuesday night’s ballgame. Fortunately for her and the team, however, according to Reeve, Augustus is feeling better and will travel on the two-game road trip with the team.

“It’s never ideal for anybody to have injuries on a team, but this team has experienced enough and I think are close enough to really come together when times get hard,” Moore said. “It was good for us to have that test, obviously we don’t want anybody to be hurt, but to be tested whether that’s in the score or someone goes down for a little while and then you have to really lock in and do what you do.”

If Augustus is not able to start for Minnesota, as she has in their first eight games of the season, Perkins will get the nod at the shooting guard position.

“Jia’s coming off of not just a good game, but we see her at practice and where she is and we like that she’s on the upward trend,” Reeve said.

Catch the action on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on either Fox Sports North Plus or 106.1 BOB FM radio.