Shootaround Access | Lynx at Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
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The Minnesota Lynx continue on in their current three-game road trip when they take on the Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

The game is the second game of a season-long road trip for Minnesota, which began the trip with a win over San Antonio on Friday.

“You always want to win the first game of a long road trip, that’s kind of like the game you got to get,” Renee Montgomery said following shootaround Sunday. “We handled business and now we’re here for a big game against LA, obviously because it’s the next game.”

The game Sunday night is a big game for both Minnesota and Los Angeles. For one, it’s a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the WNBA. Secondly, the game could also impact the way the seeding shapes up for the WNBA Playoffs in September.

“I feel like both teams, be both know each other so well by now,” Montgomery said. “You just learn that the game is just minor things that make the differences in the game. It’s not big things, it’s little things that make or break the games. You have to pay attention to every possession basically.”

The Lynx (24-6 overall) hold a 1.5-game lead over the Sparks (23-8) in the WNBA standings. If Minnesota wins in the game, it clinches the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and would clinch homecourt advantage throughout postseason play.

The Lynx are more than ready for the challenge when the game tips off Sunday night.

“When you go to the gym and put those extra hours in, you’re not putting those extra hours in to hit the shot to put you up 25 points,” Montgomery said. “You practice for the big moments. This game is automatically a big moment because it’s No. 1 vs. No. 2.”

Minnesota and Los Angeles will square off at 6 p.m. at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM and TuneIn Radio.