The Lynx are looking to follow up a statement victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday with another win over a team towards the top of the WNBA standings.
Minnesota is 12-11 and holds the No. 7 seed while Washington is 16-7 and sits in the No. 2 seed. A win plus a Seattle loss would give the Lynx the No. 6 seed—reaching that spot is important as the No. 5 and 6 seeds have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
In order to stop the Mystics, the Lynx will have to find a way to disrupt Washington’s excellent offense centered around Elena Delle Donne. That’s no easy task, but the Lynx should be up to the challenge after smothering the Sun on Friday night. Damiris Dantas will be huge as she will probably be asked to guard Delle Donne for much of the afternoon. Another excellent performance from Napheesa Collier wouldn’t hurt either.
While the Lynx are undeniably moving in the right direction, it would still be great to pick up another win, especially on the road. The Lynx are entering a particularly brutal portion of their schedule and every victory counts.
What: Lynx at Mystics
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena
Watch: League Pass
Listen: BOB FM 106.1.
Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles were teammates for two years in Chicago. However, neither played the best ball of their career during the two years they played together. We can only imagine what a team with peak Fowles and peak EDD on it would look like. Probably still wouldn’t have gotten the best of the Lynx dynasty teams, though.
Lynx: Karima Christmas-Kelly (knee) and Jessica Shepard (ACL) are out.
Mystics: Tianna Hawkins (knee) and Kiara Leslie (knee) are out. Kristi Toliver (knee) is questionable.
Lynx: PG—Sims, SG—Augustus, SF—Collier, PF—Dantas, C—Fowles
Mystics: PG—Cloud, SG—Toliver, SF—Powers, PF—Delle Donne, C—Sanders