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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 10:59:25 AM   
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10th straight playoff berth

Still MNs most-succesful franchise


Would never have guessed that would happen at the beginning of the year.

Especially if you'd have told me Syl would only play in 7 of the first 16 games.


+ add Sims out most of the year, no Moore, Brunson, or Augustus. Haven't missed a beat. Found/developed Dantas, Carleton, Harrigan, Dangerfield, etc. no problem.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 11:20:44 AM   
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10th straight playoff berth

Still MNs most-succesful franchise


Would never have guessed that would happen at the beginning of the year.

Especially if you'd have told me Syl would only play in 7 of the first 16 games.


+ add Sims out most of the year, no Moore, Brunson, or Augustus. Haven't missed a beat. Found/developed Dantas, Carleton, Harrigan, Dangerfield, etc. no problem.


For sure. But we knew about all those heading into the season.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 6:47:40 PM   
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Lynx in a tight game, late 2nd quarter.

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Big game. A win would sweep the Sky giving us the tie-breaker with them and a 1.5 game lead over them for the 4th seed
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 6:53:32 PM   
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Up 10 at the half.

Dangerfield with 10 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 7:29:03 PM   
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Ran the lead to 18, saw it cut to two. Finished the 3rd up 8.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2020 8:02:48 PM   
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Lynx escape with the 3 point win!
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/3/2020 10:41:33 AM   
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Damiris Dantas was outstanding for Minnesota yet again. Fowles has missed eleven of the sixteen Bradenton Bubble games forcing Dantas to play out of position as an undersized center. It seems like she’s finally gaining confidence and consistency in that role. She scored a career high 28 points Wednesday night. The Brazilian was a perfect 5-5 from three, and also had seven rebounds and three steals. It was Dantas who stemmed the tide of the late Chicago run, hitting a big three to put her team back on top after the Sky had taken the lead. She then switched onto Vandersloot on the game’s final play where the Lynx only led by three points, and successfully forced the All-Star point guard into a turnover. With or without Fowles, Dantas gives Minnesota a versatile, jack of all trades big who has quietly had a fantastic season in Florida.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/3/2020 10:44:20 AM   
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Lynx are currently the #4 seed with 5 games remaining. We're 1 game back of the #2 seed.

Top 4 seeds get a 1st round bye. Top 2 seeds get a double bye to the semifinals.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/7/2020 11:24:27 AM   
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Seattle is clearly the best team in the League and they kicked our butts.

Still clinging to a 1 game lead over the vital 4th seed. Odds of getting up to #2 are almost nil.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/8/2020 11:50:00 AM   
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Lynx placing ultimate trust in rookie guard Crystal Dangerfield

Point guard Crystal Dangerfield, pushing to become the first player not drafted in the first round to be WNBA rookie of the year, has earned major praise from coach Cheryl Reeve..

Let’s start with a loss.

Odd, maybe, when you’re talking about the Lynx, who are still vying for a top-four finish and the bye in the WNBA playoffs. The Lynx are 13-6 with three games left in the regular season.

But, a loss.

It was Aug. 30, and the Lynx had just lost to Phoenix. A horrendous start had the Lynx down 22 in the second quarter. A feverish finish had pulled the Lynx as close as two when point guard Crystal Dangerfield — who scored 15 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter — drove for a score with 5.9 seconds left in the game.

After it ended, Dangerfield — the youngest player in Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve’s starting lineup — said this:

Sorry. Twice.

To her coaches, to her teammates. The slow start and, ultimately, the loss was her fault.

“I’m on the point of everything,” Dangerfield said, recalling that night. “I’m the one bringing the ball up. I’m the one stopping the ball at the top on the other end. I had to put it out there. Apologize.”

Whether it was really her fault isn’t the point. What’s important is Dangerfield, pushing to become the first player not drafted in the first round to be named WNBA rookie of the year, was taking the blame. That’s what leaders do.

Reeve is loath to compare players. But here’s one: When Dangerfield took the loss on her shoulders — which are surprisingly strong given her 5-5 frame — it evoked memories of another point guard.

“Reminds me of Lindsay Whalen,” Reeve said. “The good ones take responsibility for their team.”


Setting the tone

“The only reason this is a big surprise is because she was drafted in the second round. Everyone is making such a big deal. Wow. Wow. Well, the kid should have gone top 10. There were lots of kids taken ahead of her who can’t play. ... Here’s the real story: How did so many dummies not get her?”
Geno Auriemma, UConn coach
OK, OK. We’re not trying to put one ferocious rookie in the class with the winningest player in the league’s history. But it should be noted that Whalen, once the Lynx’s star point guard, now the coach at the University of Minnesota, has been watching Dangerfield with growing appreciation. When she was told the story of the Phoenix game?

“It’s good,” Whalen said. “That is our job. To get the team going, to get everybody going, to make everyone on the court better.”

Dangerfield has led the Lynx almost from the beginning with her wicked hesitation move, her pretty teardrop shot, her blazing speed — “You can’t stay in front of Crystal," Reeve said — and the toughness that has come to define the team’s personality.

Count Whalen as a fan. She loves Dangerfield’s shot. Her midrange touch, her ability to hit the deep, deep three.

“Every time she gets ready to shoot, I think it’s going to go in,” she said.

Even though Dangerfield was the only true point guard on the Lynx roster after being drafted 16th overall out of Connecticut, she wasn’t expected to play a lot. Things change quickly in the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Fla.

It was opening night against Connecticut. With the Lynx down six in the fourth, Dangerfield stole an inbounds pass and scored, then drove the lane left and scored again. Moments later it was her three-pointer that put the Lynx ahead for good.

In a 10-point victory over the Mercury in the first game between the teams, Dangerfield scored seven of her 19 points in the fourth in a 10-point win. Against Chicago last week Damiris Dantas was the star, but it was Dangerfield’s three-point play with 3:56 left and basket at 1:09 that kept the Lynx ahead late.

WNBA Rookie of the Year candidates

Dangerfield is second in the league in fourth-quarter scoring, with 119 points. Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale is first with 120. She is averaging 15.6 points per game — second to Atlanta’s Chennedy Carter among rookies — and is shooting 46.3% overall, 35.1% on three-pointers. But in the fourth? Her shooting goes up to 61.4% and 40.9% on threes.

Along the way she has set the tone for her team.

“She is so even-keeled, like with Phee,” Reeve said, comparing Dangerfield to her old college teammate Napheesa Collier. “But Crystal has more of an edge to her. We laugh about Phee. That she doesn’t have that trash-talking gene. She’s sweet. But Crystal? Rookie of not, she won’t take [anything] from people in games.”

There was a game early this season. A win, but tight, and Reeve remembers Dangerfield reacting rather strongly to some trash talk; in the bubble, you can hear almost everything.

Said Reeve: “She was angry. That’s when we learned who Crystal is. We had wondered where we’d get our personality from. Well, she gives us a lot of our personality.”

Playing with an edge

So where does that toughness come from? Is it a cliché to suggest that it comes from having to prove wrong people who, for years, suggested she was too small? Or from sitting and waiting to hear her name on draft night?

Maybe not.

Don’t get her wrong. Dangerfield is thrilled where she landed. But 16?

“As I was dropping lower, it was surprise and disappointment,” she said. “And then it went from disappointment to anger.”

As for her size: “There are a lot of people who have counted me out because of it,” she said. “This is not new to me. But I can play. I’m smart. I have physical gifts. Playing with a chip on my shoulder isn’t entirely because of that, but it’s definitely in there.”

Toughness has been there from the start. She played through pain and two hip surgeries in college. And the preparation. Dangerfield is a legendary film-watcher. Hours of it, a habit she brought with her from Connecticut. On draft night, via Zoom, Reeve recalls Dangerfield asking for information. What workouts did the team want her to do? What about the offensive scheme? Defense?

“She just wanted more, more, more,” Reeve said.

Reeve — who coached with UConn coach Geno Auriemma with USA Basketball — watched Dangerfield a lot, and she doesn’t recall seeing her finish at the rim in college the way she has with the Lynx.

It’s all about what’s needed. Dangerfield worked on her hesitation move — one teammate Odyssey Sims can’t stop praising — and that floater when the WNBA was on hold because of the coronavirus. Already Reeve has near total confidence in her.

“I can count on her,” Reeve said. “On her toughness, her ability to get us where we need to be. We put the ball in her hands to make a play.”

That said, a point guard needs more than toughness. And Reeve can remember at the start, when Dangerfield really started getting the big minutes, she really didn’t know what was going on. But what Reeve hasn’t had to help Dangerfield is with things such as angles, on both offense and defense. When to ball-fake, when to pass, when to get to the rim. She already has all of that.

“So she’s really just a special player,” Reeve said.

Trying to make history

Auriemma is growing tired of the current narrative. About how Dangerfield is such a big surprise.

After winning two state titles playing high school basketball in Tennessee, Dangerfield led the Huskies to multiple Final Fours. And, well, she withstood Auriemma for four years.

“You think about the injuries she had, what she fought through and played with,” Auriemma said. “She had to be tough. Listen. The only reason this is a big surprise is because she was drafted in the second round. Everyone is making such a big deal. Wow. Wow. Well, the kid should have gone top 10. There were lots of kids taken ahead of her who can’t play. ... Here’s the real story: How did so many dummies not get her?”

Now Dangerfield is going down the home stretch of her Rookie of the Year campaign. An injury to top draft pick Sabrina Ionescu changed that race, as did an injury to Carter that kept her out of a few games. Being the starting point guard on a playoff team doesn’t hurt either.

Washington coach and GM Mike Thibault was ready to take Dangerfield at No. 12 before a draft-day deal that brought Tina Charles to the team. To him, the argument is unnecessary.

“Her quickness, toughness and three-point shot is there,” he said. “She is the rookie of the year.”

ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo, a former UConn Husky as well, said the intense way Auriemma works his players prepares them for the WNBA; Collier, the 2019 Rookie of the Year, is the latest example.

“It’s always fun to watch the undersized player,” she said. “You look at them and think, nothing special. She’s 5-5. And then for her to do the super human things she’s done on the floor? You have to root for her. She’s getting everything out of everything she has.”

Dangerfield is all about winning. But she did admit, she has given some thought to the ROY.

“Going into the season it wasn’t high on my radar,” she said. “I just wanted to come in and produce, have my coaches and teammates trust me. But now we’re here. Now it’s a point where it’s, ‘Why not?’ Crazy things have happened in 2020. Why not this?”


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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/8/2020 11:52:40 AM   
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The Sun did us a big favor knocking off the Mercury yesterday.

Pushed our lead to 1.5 games with 3 remaining.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/9/2020 10:36:32 AM   
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Rough loss last night.

Dug ourselves a huge hole, almost pulled it off, but a rare brain fart from Dangerfield ended the comeback.

Just a 1 game lead on the 4th seed.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/9/2020 11:24:24 AM   
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Will the Lynx get Fowles back for the playoffs? Will Maya Moore ever return? We could be winning titles again.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/10/2020 3:47:04 PM   
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Mercury win in OT last night and pull to within .5 games of us.

We really need to beat #2 team Vegas tonight. Fortunately we finish with the 11th place Fever on Saturday.

Phoenix only has 1 game left and its against the #1 team - who may or may not need to win that game depending on what Vegas does.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/10/2020 8:43:56 PM   
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Lynx defense has been non-existent the past 3 games.

Looks like the bye is going to slip away.

We desperately need Syl back for the Playoffs.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/10/2020 10:46:04 PM   
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Jace:

Lynx need 2 of these 3 to occur this weekend to earn a first round bye:

-Lynx beat Indiana on Saturday
-Seattle beats Phoenix on Friday
-Connecticut beats Atlanta on Friday
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/11/2020 7:58:06 AM   
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Jace:

Lynx need 2 of these 3 to occur this weekend to earn a first round bye:

-Lynx beat Indiana on Saturday
-Seattle beats Phoenix on Friday
-Connecticut beats Atlanta on Friday




If Lynx and Mercury finish 14-8 (who gets 4th seed?)

Tiebreak Procedure

The following tiebreak procedure shall be used to break ties for playoff eligibility and home court advantage.
a. Two-Way Tie Between Teams. In order to break a tie, the following criteria will be utilized in the order set forth:
(1) Better record in head-to-head games.
(2) Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
(3) Better point differential in games net result of total points scored less total points allowed head-to-head.
(4) Better point differential net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents.
b. More Than Two Teams Tied. As many teams as possible will be eliminated at each step. As soon as one or more teams are eliminated at any step, the process must begin again from step (1).

Is this still current for Covid 2020

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/11/2020 10:51:07 AM   
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Jace:

Lynx need 2 of these 3 to occur this weekend to earn a first round bye:

-Lynx beat Indiana on Saturday
-Seattle beats Phoenix on Friday
-Connecticut beats Atlanta on Friday




If Lynx and Mercury finish 14-8 (who gets 4th seed?)

Tiebreak Procedure

The following tiebreak procedure shall be used to break ties for playoff eligibility and home court advantage.
a. Two-Way Tie Between Teams. In order to break a tie, the following criteria will be utilized in the order set forth:
(1) Better record in head-to-head games.
(2) Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
(3) Better point differential in games net result of total points scored less total points allowed head-to-head.
(4) Better point differential net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents.
b. More Than Two Teams Tied. As many teams as possible will be eliminated at each step. As soon as one or more teams are eliminated at any step, the process must begin again from step (1).

Is this still current for Covid 2020


If both Phoenix and us win, then it comes down to Connecticut/Atlanta. If Conn wins, we're #4, if Atlanta wins, we're #5.

Reasoning: If Connecticut wins, they’ll finish the season 11-11 and will therefore be a .500 team. Minnesota has beaten them twice, and those wins would benefit them in the tiebreaker that goes by how many wins each team has against team at or above .500.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/13/2020 2:04:45 PM   
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Meaningless final game as the Lynx had the 4 seed locked up and the Fever were already eliminated.

But Banham had 29 and 10 assists in her first start, while Dangerfield got the game off to rest.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/15/2020 11:19:39 AM   
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Crystal Dangerfield is Rookie of Year, Cheryl Reeve top coach in media WNBA awards

The Associated Press announced it’s WNBA awards Tuesday, and the Lynx were very well represented:

Coach Cheryl Reeve was named the coach of the year, Crystal Dangerfield was named rookie of the year and Napheesa Collier was named to the all-WNBA second team.

The league has yet to announce it’s winners, but the AP awards are often an indication of how those will turn out.

Reeve managed to steer the Lynx into the fourth overall seed despite losing center Sylvia Fowles for all but seven games, losing captain Karima Christmas-Kelly early to an Achilles injury, not having 2019 All Star Odyssey Sims with the team until late in the season and injuries that kept guard Shenise Johnson, Lexie Brown and Rachel Banham sidelined at different times.

Dangerfield appears to be a near-consensus pick for rookie of the year. She played in every game before being given a game of rest in the regular season finals. She led the Lynx in scoring (16.2) and also averaged 3.6 assists.

Collier averaged 16.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in a season that saw her have to change roles after Fowles was lost to a calf injury.

Las Vegas forward A’ja Wilson was named the AP’s player of the year, L.A.’s Candace Parker was defensive player of the year, Las Vegas’ Dearica Hamby was sixth woman of the year and Breanna Stewart of Seattle was the comeback player of the year.

AP’s first-team all-WNBA was Wilson, Stewart, Parker, Chicago guard Courtney Vandersloot and Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale.

The second team consisted of Collier, Phoenix guards Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith and Connecticut forwards Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner.

Here is the all-rookie team: Dangerfield, Satou Sabally (Dallas), Julie Allemand (Indiana), Chennedy Carter (Atlanta) and Jazmine Jones (New York).

https://www.startribune.com/crystal-dangerfield-rookie-of-year-cheryl-reeve-top-coach-in-ap-wnba-awards/572417282/
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/15/2020 11:47:49 PM   
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Bulletin board material. 5 out of six ESPN analysts are picking the Mercury to beat us.
https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/29889029/wnba-playoffs-2020-predicting-wins-championship

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/16/2020 9:10:55 AM   
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Big Syl is back for the playoffs.

https://www.startribune.com/with-leader-fowles-back-lynx-prepare-for-mercury-in-playoff-opener/572423842/

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/16/2020 10:26:37 AM   
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Unlike most people, Jonathan Irons is having a very good 2020.

Maya Moore Marries Jonathan Irons After Helping Free Him From a Wrongful Conviction

Former WNBA star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the man she helped free from prison in July following an overturned wrongful conviction.

Moore and Irons appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to share their news.

"We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we've been doing together, but doing it as a married couple," Moore said. "We're excited to share this new chapter of life together."

Irons, 40, was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1998 for the alleged shooting of a Missouri homeowner. Fingerprint evidence strengthened Irons' defense in March and he was released from prison on July 1.

Moore paused her WNBA career in February 2019 as she decided to dedicate her time toward social justice. She met Irons through a prison ministry program when she was 18 and the two formed a friendship over the last decade. Irons proposed to Moore after he was let out of Jefferson City Correctional Center.

"When I got out we were in the hotel room we had some friends in the room, it was winding down and we were extremely tired, but we were still gassed up on excitement," Irons said on Good Morning America. "It was just me and her in the room and I got down on my knees and I looked up at her and she kind of knew what was going on and I said, 'will you marry me,' she said, 'yes.'"

Moore, 31, is among the most accomplished players in WNBA history. She is a four-time champion and the 2014 MVP, earning six All-Star appearances and five All-WNBA first-team honors. Moore is currently uncertain as to whether she'll continue her playing career.

"I am trying to really just breathe from this long, long battle," Moore said. "There's a lot of unknowns for a lot of us right now. So I'm still in that camp."

https://www.si.com/wnba/2020/09/16/maya-moore-married-jonathan-irons-wrongful-conviction-overturned
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/16/2020 2:06:44 PM   
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Big Syl is back for the playoffs.

https://www.startribune.com/with-leader-fowles-back-lynx-prepare-for-mercury-in-playoff-opener/572423842/

Most excellent.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/16/2020 2:44:29 PM   
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Big Syl is back for the playoffs.

https://www.startribune.com/with-leader-fowles-back-lynx-prepare-for-mercury-in-playoff-opener/572423842/


That's huge - even without Griner playing.

Our interior defense was absolutely exposed the last handful of games of the season. It got so bad we couldn't even deny passes into the post.
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