In the last week of training camp Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said multiple times how good Danielle Robinson has looked. On Friday, Lynx fans got to see Robinson’s progress for themselves.
The Lynx’s starting point guard had one of her best games in a Minnesota jersey. She finished with 13 points and 5 assists and showed a command of the Lynx’s offense that she hadn’t displayed before. Robinson committed an insane amount of energy to her rehab from a severe ankle injury last season over the offseason and it’s paid off—she looks 100 percent healthy and ready to go.
Robinson has added several moves to her arsenal. She has a crazy crossover euro-like move she uses to get to the rim, and she demonstrated her control with a shifty stop-and-start move to get space before hitting the elbow jumper. Robinson got a raw deal last year with her injury, but it also gave her time to learn the Lynx offense and that time studying has paid off.
But Robinson is not alone. Reeve found her a new backcourt partner in Odyssey Sims. It seems like they’re going to be a perfect match. While Seimone Augustus started, Sims and Robinson played significant minutes together. Sims finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added seven assists.
Sims hasn’t been a primary scorer in the last few years, but the Lynx are going to ask her to shoot more than the Sparks did. It seems like that’s to Sims’ liking—she used her physicality to get into the lane and bully her defenders and showed a strong ability to finish through contact. She’s a perfect change of pace next to Robinson.
With Robinson’s shiftiness and elusive handle and Sims’ raw strength and power the Lynx’s new dynamic tandem will be next-to-impossible to keep in check. With these two firing on all cylinders, the Lynx will be a tough cover.