Minnesota Lynx (0-0) vs Indiana Fever (0-0)
October 4, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Radio: BOB 106.1 FM
Playoff Game #6, Playoff Home Game #4
·         Today’s Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Indiana Fever is a rematch of the 2012 Finals series. In the 2012 Finals, the Fever won Game 1 on the road at Target Center, 76-71 while the Lynx tied the series at 1-1 with a win in Game 2. Indiana won Games 3 and 4 at home to capture the franchise’s first WNBA title.
·         The Minnesota Lynx eked out a 72-71 win at Phoenix on Sept. 27 to complete a sweep of the best-of-three series and advance to the WNBA Finals for the fourth time in five seasons. All-time, Minnesota climbs to 12-1 in two-possession games in the postseason (decided by six points or fewer), with the lone defeat coming vs. Indiana in the 2012 WNBA Finals opener. 
·         The 2015 WNBA Finals marks the Lynx’ fourth WNBA Finals appearance, the most by any team since the league went to the 3-3-5 playoff format in 2005. Detroit, Houston, New York and Phoenix have also made four trips to the Finals, but at least one for each required fewer games.
·         The Lynx have won their past nine regular-season meetings vs. Indiana, dating to a 78-75 setback on June 26, 2011 at Target Center. However, the Fever beat Minnesota in four games in the 2012 WNBA Finals.  Minnesota finished 2-0 against the Fever in this season’s regular season series. 
·         Minnesota is 27-12 (.692) all-time in the WNBA Playoffs and 19-2 (.905) at Target Center which are both the best marks for any team in league postseason history. The Lynx have now won 10 consecutive playoff games at home, dating to the 76-70 loss to Indiana in Game 1 of the 2012 WNBA Finals (Oct. 12). 
·         This season marks Indiana’s 11th consecutive season it has reached the WNBA Playoffs and the 12th time in the franchise’s 16-year history. The Indiana Fever have reached the WNBA Finals for the third time since 2009. Enter the 2015 Finals, Indiana’s 62 playoff games ranks second in the WNBA history in terms of total playoff games, trailing Los Angeles (66) and edging New York (61). 
·         It’s the sixth WNBA Finals appearance for both Rebekkah Brunson (Sacramento, 2005-2006) and Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut, 2004-2005). Brunson has the opportunity to win her fourth WNBA Championship, which would tie five members of the 1997-2000 Houston Comets (Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, Janeth Arcain and Tammy Jackson) for the most in league history. Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore will become the 21st and 22nd players to participate in four Finals series. 
·         Rebekkah Brunson has appeared in the most WNBA Finals games in league history at 19 games and she ranks first in Finals history with 129 rebounds, averaging 6.8 rebounds per game. Brunson grabbed a club playoff record and playoff career-high 19 rebounds on Sept. 24 vs. Phoenix. 
·         A key factor in today’s game will be which team controls inside the paint. Indiana averages a league best 35.7 points in the paint this postseason, while Minnesota has held its postseason opponents to a league-best 28.8 points in the paint.
·         Lindsay Whalen enters today’s game ranked first in Finals history in assists at 69, averaging 4.3 assists per game. Whalen ranks third in WNBA Finals playoff games played at 16 games.