Practice Report | Gearing Up For Yet Another Finals Appearance

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

After completing a 3-0 series sweep over the Washington Mystics in the semifinals last weekend, the Minnesota Lynx returned to practice on Wednesday at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis.

The Lynx are gearing up to make yet another WNBA Finals appearance this season, their third straight time playing in the Finals and the sixth time in the last seven years.

“We have a lot to do. We had a couple of days off and we need a couple of hard days of work. There are things we want to get better at before we tip off against LA,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said after practice. “We’re going to be getting after it. We’ll manage towards the end of the week, but we have a lot to do.”

Minnesota will take on the Los Angeles Sparks in the best-of-five series beginning Sunday at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

“It didn’t matter to me, but we assumed it would be us two in the Finals again the way we’ve been playing,” Seimone Augustus said. “We’re happy that we do face the Sparks and try and get some redemption from last year.”

The battle will be a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals, where the Sparks edged the Lynx in a back-and-forth fifth game to take the series.

This year, however, Minnesota has visions of a different outcome. And that preperation to try and accomplish that began on the practice court Wednesday afternoon.

“Going through the regular season, you’re goal is to ultimately give yourself a chance to win a championship no matter who it is. Obviously, the Sparks and the Lynx have been the top two teams all year,” Maya Moore said. “I want to play the best, so it makes sense. The history from last year makes you even more excited.”

Game 1 between the Lynx and Sparks will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Williams Arena. The game will be aired on ABC, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.