Monday, June 18, 2012

We knew the Lynx would lose this year, but...

We knew that the Minnesota Lynx would lose this year, we just didn't think it would come against the (then) 2-7 Seattle Storm. But the Lynx put together a dreadful offensive night, shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, 25 percent on 3s and just 40 percent on their specialty, the 2-point shot. Oh, and 69 percent from the FT line.

For once, they won the possession game, getting 6 more offensive boards than the Storm and having 1 less turnover. But Seattle shot 44 percent each on 2s, 3s and overall.

The result was a 57-44 Seattle lead after 3 periods. The Lynx made a game of it in the 4th, getting within 1 point at 58-57 Seattle with 3:52 yet to go. But Rebekah Brunson turned it over the next time and Seattle hit a bomb, and then Brunson missed a pair of throws and the Storm scored again on a 2. Suddenly it's 63-57 with 2:19 to go. Maya Moore hit a 3 and a pair of throws to get the Lynx back within 1 at 1:05. Seattle failed to score the next time down but an offensive rebound prolonged their possession and the Lynx only got the ball back with 16 ticks left on the clock. Seimone Augustus missed a J and that was that.

Now 10-1, the next record worth breaking is Houston's .900 season win-loss percentage and L.A.'s 28 wins in 1 season. It would take a 29-3 record to break both, and that is what the Lynx are on pace to do. But they need to find their offense real quick if that's going to happen.

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