Shootaround Access | Game 2 – Lynx vs. Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

Following a tough loss in the final seconds of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, the Minnesota Lynx have shifted their focus to Game 2.

Minnesota will once again host Los Angeles in the championship series, this time in Game 2 at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

“You lose a game in the Finals, you have to come back and regroup and see what you can do better and see the ways you can make a good impact on the game tonight,” Lindsay Whalen said after shootaround Tuesday morning. “We’re on to Game 2 now, that’s what we’re focused on.”

The Lynx found themselves in an early deficit in Sunday’s Game 1 against the Sparks, falling behind 28-2 early to ultimately climb out of that hole as the game went on. But Minnesota knows that can’t happen again in Game 2.

“Although we know it shouldn’t happen, I think the best answer we came up with was we just couldn’t bounce back. When LA started making their run, we couldn’t score and we couldn’t make stops. That just can’t happen,” Sylvia Fowles said. “We just need to come out here and play. . . We are going to do our best to not come out like that again.”

The Lynx look to bounce back and even the series on Tuesday in Minneapolis. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and the ESPN App and can be heard on 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.

“You have to turn the page. I can’t wait to get that taste out of our mouths and just play another game. That will be healthy for all of us,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It doesn’t feel very good to lose a game that you worked all season trying to secure homecourt advantage, because we think it mattered. . . They came back here wanting to make the right adjustments and wanting to obviously build some momentum into tonight.”

Whalen Donates 300 Tickets To Local Youth 

On Tuesday morning, the Lynx announced that Whalen had purchased 300 tickets to Game 2 and will donate those tickets to local youth.

“We just want to make sure our game is spread around to a lot of different kids and the next generation of athletes and leaders. Obviously these are interesting times we are living in, so I think the more we can spread positivity and bring kids into a game to see an atmosphere like this with two hard teams competing,” Whalen said. “We try to be good role models and try to do the right thing in the community. Just with the way things have been lately, I thought that it was maybe time to step up and do something good for the community and do something as a leader to put some smiles on some kids’ faces and bring them in to a game.

“It’s a Finals game, you don’t know how many more that you’re going to have, so the more that we can spread to the younger generation and show them positivity, I think that’s a good thing.”

The 300 tickets that Whalen has purchased for Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Sparks will be dispersed between ACES, MN ADOPT, Lynx Dream Team and Minneapolis North High School.

“I think everybody kind of knows what’s been going on. I think we just need more positivity and just more togetherness, so that’s what I’m trying to do,” Whalen said. “Bringing in different kids from different areas and different walks of life that maybe couldn’t come to the game and bring them in and give them a fun evening out at a Lynx game.”