4:00 p.m., US Airways Center
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The Lynx and Mercury will battle it out for the third time in five days on Sunday afternoon when Game 3 tips-off in Phoenix.
Minnesota will be looking for the Semi-Finals sweep as the defending WNBA Champions have walked out victorious in their first two games of this best-of-five playoff series.
Despite the Lynx winning the first two games in impressive fashion, Phoenix was much more successful on their home court than their opponents’. The Mercury sported an 11-6 inside US Airways Center and only won five of their 17 games on the road. Minnesota, however, showed signs of a true Championship caliber team throughout the regular season and sported a 13-4 road record.
Before getting a blanket and cuddling up on the coach for this afternoon matchup, be sure to consider these factoids regarding the game:
– Brittney Griner, Phoenix’s 6’8 center who’s usually an absolute force to be reckoned with, has struggled in both games this series and especially in their most recent one. Griner only played 18 minutes on Friday night and finished the evening with only 2 points and rebounds.
– Minnesota won the rebounding battle, +5, and the turnover battle, +8 on Friday night. If the Lynx go on to do this again on Sunday, there is a very high probability that Minnesota will advance to the Finals.
– Diana Taurasi is arguably the most prolific scorer in the WNBA. In order to win playoff games in this league and any other major sport, you need to play on both ends of the court/floor/field/ice/etc. Despite scoring a game-high 31 points in their last game, Taurasi walked away with the worst plus/minus in the ballgame with -16.
– Thanks in large part to Rebekkah Brunson and Sylvia Fowles, who was named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year on Friday, Minnesota is an outstanding rebounding team, particularly on the offensive glass. The Lynx posted 11 offensive rebounds in their most recent game against Phoenix. If the Lynx are able to hustle to double-digit offensive boards in Sunday afternoon’s game, look for Minnesota to capitalize on second chance opportunities and win handily.