Lynx Try To Take WNBA Finals Lead In Game 3

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

Through two games of the 2017 WNBA Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks, we’ve already seen some great basketball on display between the WNBA’s top two teams this season.

The best part is, we get to see at least two more games this series.

“It’s been fun. It’s been fun out there to play in it,” Seimone Augustus said on Thursday. “I know it’s been fun to watch and it’s just been a great series so far.”

With the series tied 1-1 heading into Los Angeles, the next task at hand for the Lynx is to try and gain the 2-1 series lead in Game 3 on Friday night.

“We’ll just be ready for Game 3. We’re focused on that,” Lindsay Whalen said. “We’ve had a lot of road games over the years. It will be a great environment. . . We’re just looking forward to the opportunity to get out there and play again.”

Historically, Game 3 has been a big game in deciding who wins the overall series. Since the WNBA went to the best-of-five Finals format in 2005, teams who have won Game 3 have gone on to win the series nine of the 12 times.

“We’re really competitive and have really good teams. We’re relentless and neither one of us is going to give up,” Rebekkah Brunson said. “I think that’s what makes it exciting. Neither one of us feels like we are safe at any point in the game. You have to keep playing and keep competing until it is over.”

In last year’s Finals matchup between Minnesota and Los Angeles, we saw much of the same as what we’ve witnessed so far this year. The Sparks took Game 1, while the Lynx bounced back to take Game 2.

“There’s talent on both sides, that’s what makes us so close. There’s really good players on both teams and that’s the league the last two years,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We were close in the standings down the stretch. L.A. is good. We’re good. We’ve established ourselves and that’s why you see closely contested games.”

Although this series so far has mirrored that of last season’s, Minnesota looks to break that similarity and take Game 3 in Los Angeles on Friday night.

“I think Candace (Parker) said it best, it probably doesn’t matter where these two teams play. You’re talking about awfully talented players,” Reeve said. “With that being said, we haven’t won here this year. LA has done a great job taking care of their homecourt this entire season, including the playoffs, so we have our work cut out for us.”

The Lynx and Sparks tip off Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Sylvia Fowles said.