Shootaround Access | Game 4 – Lynx at Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
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The Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks will battle once again on Sunday night in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The Lynx come into the game down 2-1 in the best-of-five series, looking to even the series and force a Game 5.

“Their mood is good, they have good energy. I would be very surprised if our mood wasn’t good,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said at shootaround Sunday morning. “This group, they are experienced. . . They’ve gone through this. It’s that time where you say never too high, never too low.”

Minnesota is coming off of dropping Game 3 to Los Angeles on Friday night. Sunday’s Game 4 will be the second of two games in Los Angeles during this series.

“I expect us to respond well. It’s always hard, every loss in this series is devastating,” Maya Moore said. “I think knowing the adjustments we need to make just gives us the clarity to go play. I’m excited to have that opportunity to just go and play and bring everything we have on the road.”

One adjustment the Lynx are looking to make heading into Game 4 is taking care of the ball on the offensive end. The Lynx feel like they didn’t take proper care of the ball in Friday’s loss.

“It was the first game we didn’t take care of the ball, so ball control. I think in this series, we’ve been pretty good with that,” Reeve said. “(Game 3) was the first game that we didn’t get that done, the other two games we did. A change from Game 3 would be that, but it’s more of just return to what we did in Game 1 and Game 2 as far as taking care of the ball.”

One of the themes during the series thus far has been whoever starts the game off fast ends up putting themselves in a good position to win the game. In Games 1 and 3, Los Angeles won after building double-digit leads. In Game 2, Minnesota did the same.

“I think both teams know starting off the game well is important. But if you’ve watched this series at all, you know it doesn’t determine the outcome,” Moore said. “It’s definitely on the top of both teams minds. I’m excited to get a shot and get the game going.”

The Lynx and Sparks will begin Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Sunday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. You can tune into the game on ESPN, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.

“Both teams want to be aggressive and create chaos and disrupting the other team,” Moore said. “It’s a new battle. Game 4 is going to be as important as ever.”