The Lynx schedule has been released! While the season is still months away, Lynx fans now can look forward to specific games, not just the season in general. There’s a lot yet to be determined—the WNBA draft, free agency and training camp are still to come—but one thing is sure. The Lynx are ready to compete. Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles are at the peak of their games, and Cheryl Reeve will always have her team ready to play.
Here are five games we’ve circled on our calendars…
Aces at Lynx, August 25
The Aces are on the rise. They already have A’ja Wilson, Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum, and they will add the No. 1 draft pick this year. While the Aces barely missed the playoffs in 2018 they will certainly be in the running for a spot in 2019.
The matchup to watch here is Fowles against Wilson. Wilson is an incredible talent, but she still doesn’t have the veteran savvy that Fowles does. Fowles will probably try to use her length and size to get Wilson in foul trouble.
While Wilson and Fowles is the headline attraction, don’t sleep on McBride either. The six-year pro has only improved each year she’s been in the league and should make another All-Star team in 2019. Don’t miss this late-season matchup—it will almost certainly have playoff implications.
Mystics at Lynx, July 24
If you have a regular 9-to-5 job this might not be the game for you… unless you decide to get “sick” that day and watch the Lynx face the Mystics on a Wednesday morning in July. Every year the Lynx play one game at noon on a week day. That day is referred to as “Camp Day.”
Kids from around the Twin Cities come with their summer camps to watch the Lynx and the blow the roof off Target Center. There’s really no describing the experience of camp day—thousands of kids screaming their heads off and doing whatever dance moves are in vogue that minute. It’s a trip.
Not for nothing but this should actually be a really good game too. The Mystics went to the WNBA Finals last year and they will be right back up there in 2019. Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne are fun to watch and the matchup with the Lynx is super interesting.
Storm at Lynx, May 29
While the Mystics made the finals last year, the Storm actually won them. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that the Lynx don’t have a chance against the Storm.
Minnesota played Seattle tight last year including a home win that was one of their best of the season. This game has a lot of intrigue because it comes so early in the season—the Lynx will be adjusting to a different-looking roster and a new era under the point guard play of Danielle Robinson and this game will be a trial by fire.
A huge part of that effort will be slowing down 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart. Stewart can beat you in so many different ways she’s almost impossible to stop entirely. That task will fall to the Lynx’s power forwards—it could be Rebekkah Brunson, Moore or Cecilia Zandalasini that gets the assignment, but whoever it is has to dig in. Stewart will make you work.
Mercury at Lynx, June 6
The Lynx and the Mercury played some of their most important games of the season against one another last season and there’s no reason to believe that won’t happen again. Diana Taurasi is in the GOAT conversation for the WNBA and she has put on several shows against Minnesota over the years. She won’t play forever so if you get a chance to see her in person you absolutely must take advantage.
The Mercury were fighting with the Lynx for playoff positioning the entire season last year and that won’t change in 2019. Brittney Griner and Fowles are also a fun matchup to watch—their games are similar but with a few distinct differences. Fowles is a more nuanced post player while Griner is a bit of a better shooter and is stronger driving to the rim. They are also both incredibly smart players who always bring out the best in one another. Not a game to miss.
Sparks at Lynx, June 8
While there are plenty of rivalries in the WNBA, none compare to the bad blood between the Sparks and the Lynx. One way or another, these two teams have been going at each other for the better part of the decade.
The Lynx have more championships, but the Sparks landed the most recent punch, knocking the Lynx out of the 2019 playoffs. Now the Lynx are looking for revenge.
Their first matchup since last year’s playoffs has two bonus elements attached to it. First of all, it will be played at Target Center. Second, it will be nationally televised on ABC. It will also be the Sparks’ first matchup with the Lynx under new head coach Derrick Fisher. This is the type of rivalry that sports fans love. There’s history, there are superstars, there’s intrigue, and it’s all going down in Minneapolis.
If you’re a Lynx fan, barring extenuating circumstances, I know you’ll make sure to watch this game. It’s not hard to convince people to tune in to the next chapter of one of the greatest rivalries in sports.
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