The Lynx have yet another golden opportunity in front of them as they take on the New York Liberty on Tuesday in Westchester.
The Lynx (12-12) currently sit in seventh place, 1.5 games behind the Seattle Storm and a half game ahead of the Phoenix Mercury. A game against the Liberty is a great chance to pick up an important road win and continue fighting up the standings. No disrespect intended towards the Liberty, but it doesn’t seem like they are going to be in playoff contention. The Lynx should win this game.
Despite a loss to the Mystics on Sunday in which the Lynx had an extremely difficult time defending in the post, the team has looked very good since returning from the All-Star break. Getting Seimone Augustus back from injury has undeniably helped and Napheesa Collier has continued to build on the great play that carried her to a rookie All-Star appearance.
Both Collier and Augustus will need to be at their best on Tuesday as they will have to contend with the Liberty’s two best players. Augustus will be tasked with defending Kia Nurse, who has taken a massive leap forward in her second year in the WNBA, and Collier will likely need to spend some time guarding Tina Charles, especially if Damiris Dantas is unable to play.
Charles leads the Liberty, averaging 17.4 points per game, and is one of the deadliest post players in the league. It will be a bit of a trial by fire for Collier and though she’ll certainly have Sylvia Fowles helping her, she needs to come up big. The matchup between the crafty veteran and the rising star should be a fun one to watch.
What: Lynx at Liberty
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Westchester County Center
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Katie Smith! The Liberty head coach is a former Lynx great and still the franchise’s third-leading scorer of all time. Smith and Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve maintain a close relationship even as opposing head coaches and Reeve has always been vocal in her support of Smith. Last year, Smith did an interview with lynxbasketball.com on what it’s like to return to Target Center as an opposing coach. It’s a little old, but definitely still holds up. You can check that out here.
Something You Might Not Have Known…
In their loss to the Storm on Sunday, the Liberty brought 7,715 fans to Barclays Center, almost selling out the lower bowl. That is impressive and a testament to how many fans the Liberty really do have. It is difficult for New York to get supporters out to Westchester County Center where they play now but Sunday’s showcase should be a good talking point as the Liberty try to figure out how to get back to playing closer to home. Here’s to progress.
Lynx: Karima Christmas-Kelly (knee) and Jessica Shepard (ACL) are out, Damiris Dantas (calf) is questionable.
Liberty: Amanza Zahui B (concussion) and Asia Durr (groin) are questionable. Kiah Stokes (personal) is out.
Lynx: PG—Sims, SG—Augustus, SF—Talbot, PF—Collier, C—Fowles
Liberty: PG—Wright, SG—Nurse, SF—Hartley, PF—Charles, C—Gray