Lynx Land Back In Minnesota, Shift Focus To WNBA Finals

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

After completing a 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the semifinals of the WNBA Playoffs on Sunday in the nation’s capital, the Minnesota Lynx returned back to Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

Cheryl Reeve and a few Lynx players spoke to the media Monday following their arrival back to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.

Their focus? Enjoying this moment, but shifting their attention to their next step in the WNBA Finals.

“We’re one step closer to where we want to be. I think our team did a really good job in stepping up to the challenges,” Sylvia Fowles said. “We’re happy to be back in this spot where we left off last year.”

Minnesota is returning to the finals for the third straight season and for the sixth time in seven years.

“It never gets old. Six Finals appearances in seven years says a lot about our team,” Seimone Augustus said. “We’re very thankful and appreciative for everything. . . We haven’t even played our best basketball yet.”

Minnesota will have a rematch with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA Finals after facing off in last years Finals. Both the Lynx and Sparks are searching for their fourth championship in team history.

“It doesn’t get old. There’s just something about knowing that you’re going to go compete for a championship,” Reeve said. “We spent the whole regular season trying to accomplish this goal. You can’t compete for a championship unless you are in the Finals. We’ll see what we can do.”

The Lynx will face the Sparks in the best-of-five series starting with Game 1 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 24 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. That game can be seen on ABC and can be heard on 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.

“To be back here again, it’s always fun. Every year is a different journey and every year is a little bit more new,” Lindsay Whalen said. “The last two years our teams were the best two teams. . . We celebrated this and we’ll enjoy it for a little bit, but the second we get back to practice and even just landing back here (in Minnesota), you’re ready to turn the page onto the Finals.”