Scouting Report | Lynx at Dream

The Game

The Lynx are looking to win their fourth straight as they travel to Atlanta to face the Dream for their last night of a three-game road trip. The Lynx started out their win streak by beating the Dream at home on July 2 and they will hope for a similar result on Friday.

Minnesota is 9-6 and sitting in fourth place in the WNBA. The Dream are in last place in the league with a record of 4-10. However, the Dream can’t be taken lightly, in their last game Atlanta beat the Sun, one of the teams towards the top of the league.

Despite their less-than-great record the Dream have some serious talent on the roster. Former Lynx guard Renee Montgomery is always liable to have a big night and Tiffany Hayes has been excellent as well. Both have had down years relative to their expectations but are very talented. This is a game the Lynx have the ability to win, but they can’t sleep on it. 

What: Lynx at Dream
When:  6:30 p.m.
Where: State Farm Arena
Watch: ESPN3, League Pass
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Proving Them Wrong

No Lynx were selected to start in the WNBA All-Star Game later in the month. That’s disappointing news considering that Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league. Those wins are coming from somewhere!

Not to take away from any players who were selected but there are a few Lynx players (Odyssey Sims and Sylvia Fowles) who certainly have strong cases to be selected by the coaches as reserves. Sometimes in sports it just takes a little bit of a competitive push to bring out the best in players—maybe an All-Star snub is just what the doctor ordered. I wouldn’t want to be the Dream on Friday. 

Down To The Wire

Every game counts every WNBA season, but it sure seems like this year things are closer than usual. Just 5.5 games separate the entire league and the top five teams are all within two games of one another. The Lynx are right in the middle of that. A win and a Sun loss would put them in sole possession of the No. 3 spot and a Mystics loss the next day could move the Lynx up to No. 2.

Finishing the season in one of the top two slots is important because it earns a two-round playoff bye and an automatic chance to play for a spot in the finals. It is never too early to start thinking about positioning—the season is simply too short to wait.

Injury Report:

Lynx: Seimone Augustus (knee), Karima Christmas-Kelly (knee), Damiris Dantas (calf) and Jessica Shepard (ACL) are out.
Dream: Angel McCoughtry (knee) is out and Nia Coffey (illness) is questionable.

Probable Starters: 

Lynx: PG—Robinson, SG—Sims, SF—Talbot, PF—Collier, C—Fowles
Dream: PG—Montgomery, SG—Hayes, SF—Sykes, PF—Breland, C—Williams