Lynx in familiar position, hoping for a Game 5 rewrite
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Lynx will end their 2017 season the same way they finished the last two, by hosting Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.Minnesota beat Indiana in the winner-take-all finale to win the WNBA title in 2015, but fell to the Sparks in a thril...
MINNEAPOLIS - The Lynx will end their 2017 season the same way they finished the last two, by hosting Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.
Minnesota beat Indiana in the winner-take-all finale to win the WNBA title in 2015, but fell to the Sparks in a thriller last year at Target Center.
It's rare to get a shot at redemption, but that's what's in front of the Lynx on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when they host the Sparks at Williams Arena with a chance to right the wrong from the end of last season.
Three Game 5s in as many years is an anomaly, but can it help? Can a team get used to or good at playing in the game with the highest stakes? At the very least, the experience can't hurt.
"You just have to go out there and be prepared for anything to happen," Rebekkah Brunson told reporters. "You never really know what's going to happen out there, so you just have to go out there and leave it all out there. We've been in this situation. We were in this last year, so it's pretty familiar, but we just have to go out there and play."
The team that plays better is still going to win, regardless of experience. If the Lynx rebound and defend like they did in Game 4, they'll likely win their fourth title in seven years. If they don't ...
"We know it's a 40-minute game," Sylvia Fowles told reporters, "and throughout the game it's going to be highs and lows, so we just want to make sure we're all on the same page as a unit and making sure we treat each other well when the lows are too low."
The one major difference between the last two Game 5s and this one is the venue. The previous two were played at Target Center in front of crowds of 18,933 and 19,423 fans. Williams Arena's capacity is 14,625, a number that likely will be reached Wednesday.
"It's going to be amazing in the that gym; it's going to loud and our fans are going to have fun and we're going to enjoy being in that atmosphere," Seimone Augustus told reporters. "It's going to be crazy. It was to the point where we couldn't hear. It's like Camp Days when the kids come in and they are screaming, so we are expecting it."
Maybe that's enough to generate a different result this season. To this point, every game has aligned perfectly with the 2016 WNBA Finals, with Los Angeles winning Games 1 and 3 and the Lynx winning Games 2 and 4. If the script stays the same, the Sparks will win a second straight title, but Augustus doesn't think that will be the case.
"We will have a rewrite for the final game," Augustus said. "We have to put that energy out there. It's great for basketball, for women's basketball. People are just admiring our game at this point and everyone is tuning in to see what's happening."
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