Minnesota Lynx Schedule Preview: July 24

The Lynx picked up two critical wins this week, stopping their dangerous downward spiral. They should be able to come up with a win in their final game before the All-Star break begins.

After hitting a rough patch while Rebekkah Brunson was sidelined with a thigh injury, the Lynx have rebounded and are once again looking like a playoff team. With her steady rebounding, ability to space the floor, and her status as the "glue" of Minnesota, Brunson lead the team to a 2-0 record in her return this week.

On Wednesday, the Lynx defeated the Fever by a smashing 24 points before a franchise-record crowd of 17,933 fans. Most of these fans were day camp children who had been bussed in for Target Center's Camp Day, so the victory came amid incredibly high-pitched, ear-splittingly loud, and often misguided cheering. Minnesota also faced the Mercury on Saturday in a thrilling game that came down to the wire. In the end, the Lynx came out victorious behind Maya Moore's incredible 38-point performance. 

With these crucial wins, the Lynx are tied for the fifth best record in the league. They will have just one game before the All-Star break begins, in which they will face the New York Liberty. 

Tuesday vs. New York Liberty

This matchup should be by far the easiest for Minnesota. The Liberty are struggling this season and currently own the second-worst record in the league. The Lynx are 2-0 versus New York this year. Theoretically, this should be a simple win for Minnesota.

However, that's what most people thought the first time the Lynx faced the Fever, who had won just one game the entire season up until that point. Indiana came out with guns blazing, and Minnesota wasn't prepared to answer, leading to an embarrassing 12-point blowout.

The Lynx are no longer juggernaut they once were, and can no longer expect to defeat teams like the Liberty without putting in the effort. Minnesota shouldn't have trouble beating New York, as long as they treat the Liberty as a worthy opponent and prepare accordingly. 

All-Star Game

Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, and Sylvia Fowles will be representing the Lynx in the All-Star Game on Saturday. For the first time in league history, this showcase will take place in Minnesota. 

This will be Augustus' eighth All-Star appearance, where she will represent Team Della Donne. She has spent her entire 13-year career in Minnesota, so it's fitting that she will be there to see the state's first WNBA All-Star game. In her fifth All-Star appearance, Fowles will join Augustus on Team Della Donne.

Moore will be playing against her teammates for Team Parker. She has been incredibly successful in her six All-Star games thus far, averaging a historic 20.2 points. She's also won the last two All-Star MVP awards.

The Lynx's regular games will resume on August second when they face the Los Angeles Sparks. 

 

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