The Lynx got back in the win column against Chicago on Thursday. Now they have a great opportunity to solidify their playoff positioning with a win in Las Vegas.
The Aces are fighting for their lives, and though their postseason hopes are still technically alive, they desperately need wins. The Lynx would love to avoid being the ones to help them out. Minnesota’s defense was spectacular against Chicago, and they’ll be looking for a repeat performance against a talented Las Vegas attack.
Minnesota goes into the game with a 16-13 record, sixth in the league. The Lynx are just two games back from the third seed, but just two games up from the eighth seed.
Las Vegas is two games back from a playoff game with just five games remaining.
Rookie A’Ja Wilson is almost certain to win the 2018 Rookie of the Year award, and her backcourt partners Kelsey Plum and Kayla McBride have a real ability to put the ball in the basket. Two nights ago, the Aces dropped 100 points on one of the league’s best defenses in Atlanta. Minnesota will need to draw a balance between scoring enough to keep up with Las Vegas and slowing the game down in order to stymie the Aces’ offensive attack.
What: Lynx at Aces
When: Thursday, August 9, 8 p.m. CT
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Listen: Bob 106.1 FM
Moore (And Friends!) Take Over
Tuesday night’s game was all about Maya Moore. She scored 31 points including four threes, and looked pretty close to unstoppable as the Lynx downed the Sky.
It had been a tough few games for Moore, as she came out of the All-Star break and only managed to score 10.5 points per game in her first three contests, but Tuesday’s breakout performance is certainly encouraging. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Moore, who has kept shooting and kept her head up through a fluky season. A reinvigorated Moore might be exactly what the Lynx need to push them into a higher seed for the postseason.
Danielle Robinson also had her best game in a Lynx uniform against the Sky, scoring 12 to go along with 11 assists and four steals. If she can keep that up, it gives the Lynx the additional offensive option that they’ve so desperately needed this year. Another killer game from the speedy guard would be a great thing to see.
Trouble With Travel
The Aces made headlines last week when, due to a series of travel delays, they arrived in Washington to play the Mystics having traveled for almost 25 straight hours. Due to health and safety concerns, the Aces decided not to show up to the game, and the WNBA ruled it a forfeit.
Health comes first, and if the Aces players felt unable to play safely it completely makes sense for them not to take the court. However, the forfeit loss certainly might come at a cost. The Aces have now dropped four in a row, and are watching their playoff hopes slip away.
The Aces will be fired up and motivated to get a victory, the Lynx will need to fight to match that energy.
Projected Starting Lineups
Lynx: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Zandalasini, PF – Moore, C – Fowles
Aces: PG – Plum, SG – McBride, SF –Young, PF – Wilson, C – Swords
Lynx: Rebekkah Brunson (nose) is out.
Aces: Isabelle Harrison (suspension) is out.