Practice Report | Lynx Prepare For Sunday’s Opener

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

As the preseason and training camp periods come to a close, the Minnesota Lynx set their focus on Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Sky.

The Lynx kick off the 2017 season at 6 p.m. Sunday against the Sky at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve said Friday afternoon after practice that there will be some uncertainty when facing a new-look Chicago team for the first time this year.

“It’s a new situation, a new coaching staff and kind of new players,” Reeve said. “It’s about how does it all fit together. They have some players missing, so I think all of that creates an uncertainty about kind of what to expect.”

The offseason was certainly a busy one for Chicago. The offseason moves were highlighted by trading away former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne to the Washington Mystics and hiring Pokey Chatman as head coach.

“When you have that, you just kind of lock in on yourselves and try to play to your identity,” Reeve said. “When you get into games and you have to make adjustments, then you do it.”

Sunday’s game in St. Paul will be aired on Fox Sports North and 106.1 BOB FM.

Focusing On The Three Ball 

As a new season gets underway, one area of focus for Reeve and the Lynx will be the three ball.

In 2016, Minnesota attempted just under 12 threes a game, finishing with an average of 33.7 percent from deep. That total led the Lynx to finish seventh in the WNBA in three-point percentage.

Reeve said that was one of the things the team working on this summer, stating that she would like to see the Lynx average 16 to 18 attempts per game.

“I think that’s how many are available in a game and there are a variety of people that can get us there,” Reeve said. “Hopefully we can shoot that same percentage we did last year with more attempts.”