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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/9/2021 10:49:12 AM   
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Here is an interesting nugget from Souhan's column about McBride today.


Reeve and her staff coach minute details. McBride always was valued for her quick-release shooting and three-point range. She also favored a one-footed, one-handed bank-shot floater that she would release from as far as 15 feet from the basket.

Here's an example of Reeve and her staff — in this case, lead assistant coach Katie Smith — demanding efficiency:

"It's been a point of education with Kayla,'' Reeve said. "We wanted her to use it where it would be more efficient. She likes to use that thing from 15 feet, and we don't like that. So, if you notice, Katie has worked really hard on this with Kayla. When you come off a screen and you're 15 feet away, that's a two-foot stop. Two-foot stop and shoot it. You feel the defender behind you, but you don't fear the contact. You want the contact. You have to go over the screen with KMac, so you have them right where you want them.

"The tendency is to abandon the ball quickly. I want them to ram into you, so you go to the foul line. KMac shoots 98%, so we want the contact.

"That's a part of the game that we targeted, and here she's midway through her first season with us, and she's getting better at that.''



This the level of comprehension of the players skills and teaching them how to maximize it that Reeve possesses that was beyond Ryan Sanders comprehension. Reeve brought Katie Smith in with the idea that she would be a head coach again in the not too distant future. The upside is that Reeve got a hell of an assistant. The downside is that Smith will probably be gone within a year or two and even take someone else from Reeve's staff with her.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 1:17:24 AM   
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7 game winning streak heading into the break.

Including a game where the Lynx attempted zero FTs.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 8:23:02 AM   
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7 game winning streak heading into the break.

Including a game where the Lynx attempted zero FTs.

About a week before that game, Reeve was talking about the Lynx not getting calls and getting screwed on FT attempts. A week later the Lynx become only the second team in the history of the league to not get to the FT line in a game.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 2:01:50 PM   
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Minnesota Lynx (12-7) over Los Angeles Sparks (6-13), 86-61

Napheesa Collier led the Lynx to their seventh-straight win and a firm hold on fourth place with a career-high-tying 27 points to go along with seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Layshia Clarendon (14 points, eight assists) scored in double figures for the sixth time in a row and notched eight-plus assists for the third time in a row.

Sylvia Fowles contributed 10 points and seven rebounds to the winning cause and Damiris Dantas (eight points, eight rebounds, five assists) and Jessica Shepard (five points, seven rebounds, five assists) were also key contributors.

Minnesota led by 16 after one and by 15 entering the fourth before winning the final frame by 10. It was dominant in the field goal percentage battle (55.9 to 36.7) and went 9-of-19 from deep compared to LA’s 4-of-15 effort. The Lynx also outrebounded the Sparks 37-24 and won the points in the paint battle 44-30.

Erica Wheeler had 14 points and six helpers in defeat.

This was Minnesota’s largest-ever margin of victory in Los Angeles and first win in the City of Angels since Sept. 6, 2016.

https://www.swishappeal.com/wnba/2021/7/12/22573443/wnba-seattle-storm-breanna-stewart-jewell-loyd-olympic-break-first-place-minnesota-lynx-fever-aces
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 2:02:47 PM   
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The Lynx picking up Layshia Clarendon when it looked like she might be out of the league has to be one of the biggest stories of the first half.

She's been exactly the stabilizing force the team has needed on both ends and has made so many small plays that have likely swung games.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 2:05:14 PM   
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Lynx are in 4th place at 12-7 after an 0-4 start.

Also of note, Phoenix keeps sliding. They're down to 7th place - and closer to 12th than 1st. The Lynx own their draft pick this year.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 7/12/2021 2:26:00 PM   
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Lynx are in 4th place at 12-7 after an 0-4 start.

Also of note, Phoenix keeps sliding. They're down to 7th place - and closer to 12th than 1st. The Lynx own their draft pick this year.

Now consider Ariel Powers is due back in early to mid August along with Ochanwa and the Lynx could climb to Seattle's stratosphere by the playoffs.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 4:23:03 PM   
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Lynx picked up where they left off heading into the Olympic break, with their eighth straight win.


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FINAL: Lynx 88 | Liberty 78

MIN ends on a 19-7 run to make it 8 in a row!

Fowles: 20 pts on 9/10 FG, 10 reb, 3 stl
Collier: 18 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast, 5 blk
McBride: 16 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 4:25:16 PM   
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Game Notes, courtesy of Lynx Public Relations:

• Napheesa Collier registered her 15th double-double, producing 18 points, 10 rebounds, four dimes, and a career-high five blocks. Coller is the eighth player in WNBA history to record that kind of line.

• Minnesota won its first game of the season when being out-shot. The Lynx are 12-0 when taking more shots than their opponent and now 1-7 when failing to do so.

• Last night was Layshia Clarendon’s fourth straight game with at least eight assists.

• Minnesota is the second-best team in the W by fourth quarter net rating. They outscored New York 24-13 in the fourth after trailing following the third quarter. The Lynx are now 6-6 when tied or trailing entering the fourth.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 4:37:40 PM   
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I think Collier may have a little chip on her shoulder after being stuck at the end of the bench for team USA. Phee is so much better than so many players that were on that team. The way that program continues to bend over backward to kiss Taurasi's ass is unbelievable.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 4:47:26 PM   
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I think Collier may have a little chip on her shoulder after being stuck at the end of the bench for team USA. Phee is so much better than so many players that were on that team. The way that program continues to bend over backward to kiss Taurasi's ass is unbelievable.


Sue Bird had plenty of PT also. Neither one can guard aggressively w/o fouling any more.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 5:04:03 PM   
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quote:

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I think Collier may have a little chip on her shoulder after being stuck at the end of the bench for team USA. Phee is so much better than so many players that were on that team. The way that program continues to bend over backward to kiss Taurasi's ass is unbelievable.


Sue Bird had plenty of PT also. Neither one can guard aggressively w/o fouling any more.

It seems to be a seniority based system. Syl got stuck behind Griner a lot, but she at least got a decent amount of clock.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/16/2021 5:46:34 PM   
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quote:

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I think Collier may have a little chip on her shoulder after being stuck at the end of the bench for team USA. Phee is so much better than so many players that were on that team. The way that program continues to bend over backward to kiss Taurasi's ass is unbelievable.


Sue Bird had plenty of PT also. Neither one can guard aggressively w/o fouling any more.


When you don't ever lose, you can afford to make it the "Sue Bird retirement tour".
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/25/2021 11:06:57 AM   
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At 35, Sylvia Fowles looked like the most dominant player in the W tonight.

An all-time great performance from her:

• 29 points
• 20 rebounds
• 4 steals
• 3 blocks
• 0 turnovers
• 0 fouls


Jack Borman@jrborman13

Per @Lynx_PR, Sylvia Fowles is the first player in WNBA history to have 20+ points, 20+ rebounds, 3+ steals and 3+ blocks in the same game.

She also has four of the 19 total 20/20 games in WNBA, and her 13 first-half rebounds tonight were a franchise record.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/25/2021 11:09:28 AM   
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Sylvia Fowles is the greatest center in the history of women’s basketball.

Straight up, full stop.

• Four Olympic gold medals and 10 gold medals overall with Team USA
• One of five basketball players on the planet with four Olympic gold medals
• 86-4 record (95.5 winning percentage) with Team USA
• 2015 WNBA Champion
• 2015 Finals MVP
• 2017 WNBA Champion
• 2017 Finals MVP
• 2017 WNBA MVP
• Six-time (and soon to seven-time) All-WNBA honoree
• Seven WNBA All-Star appearances
• Three-time (and soon to be four-time) WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
• Nine-time (and soon to be 10-time) member of the WNBA All-Defensive Team
• 2008 All-Rookie Team
• First all-time in career rebounds, career defensive rebounds and rebounds per game
• First all-time in career field goal, true shooting and effective field goal percentages
• First in defensive win shares among active players
• First in defensive rating among active players
• 12th all-time in points
• 10th all-time in made field goals
• Third in offensive win shares among active players
• 8th all-time in career offensive rating
• Fourth among active players in career free throws made
• Fourth all-time in career win shares

That’s without getting into single game stat line records and accolades she’s amassed over her 14 seasons of dominating in the WNBA.

There are good games, there are great games, there are historic games and then there are Sylvia Fowles games.

The Post with the Most™ (shoutout Lynx PA announcer Sy Huff)— at age 35 — made tonight a hellacious trip to the nicest state in the country for the defending champion Seattle Storm with a game that made its viewing experience feel like a spiritual trip through the heavens.

After Fowles put the finishing touches on her masterpiece, the stat sheet read 29 points on 10/17 shooting, 20 (!) rebounds, four steals, three blocks, one assist, zero turnovers and zero fouls.

https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/8/25/22640625/lynx-76-storm-70-give-sylvia-fowles-her-damn-respect
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/25/2021 11:27:48 AM   
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Imagine the offensive numbers she could put up if they actually called players for fouling her.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/26/2021 9:41:52 AM   
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Sylvia Fowles is the greatest center in the history of women’s basketball.

Straight up, full stop.

• Four Olympic gold medals and 10 gold medals overall with Team USA
• One of five basketball players on the planet with four Olympic gold medals
• 86-4 record (95.5 winning percentage) with Team USA
• 2015 WNBA Champion
• 2015 Finals MVP
• 2017 WNBA Champion
• 2017 Finals MVP
• 2017 WNBA MVP
• Six-time (and soon to seven-time) All-WNBA honoree
• Seven WNBA All-Star appearances
• Three-time (and soon to be four-time) WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
• Nine-time (and soon to be 10-time) member of the WNBA All-Defensive Team
• 2008 All-Rookie Team
• First all-time in career rebounds, career defensive rebounds and rebounds per game
• First all-time in career field goal, true shooting and effective field goal percentages
• First in defensive win shares among active players
• First in defensive rating among active players
• 12th all-time in points
• 10th all-time in made field goals
• Third in offensive win shares among active players
• 8th all-time in career offensive rating
• Fourth among active players in career free throws made
• Fourth all-time in career win shares

That’s without getting into single game stat line records and accolades she’s amassed over her 14 seasons of dominating in the WNBA.

There are good games, there are great games, there are historic games and then there are Sylvia Fowles games.

The Post with the Most™ (shoutout Lynx PA announcer Sy Huff)— at age 35 — made tonight a hellacious trip to the nicest state in the country for the defending champion Seattle Storm with a game that made its viewing experience feel like a spiritual trip through the heavens.

After Fowles put the finishing touches on her masterpiece, the stat sheet read 29 points on 10/17 shooting, 20 (!) rebounds, four steals, three blocks, one assist, zero turnovers and zero fouls.

https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/8/25/22640625/lynx-76-storm-70-give-sylvia-fowles-her-damn-respect

Only one assist?

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 8/30/2021 12:06:43 PM   
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The Ultimate Role Player: How Bridget Carleton Elevates the Minnesota Lynx

https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/8/30/22645310/the-ultimate-role-player-how-bridget-carleton-elevates-the-minnesota-lynx
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/2/2021 9:14:55 PM   
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Lynx hold the Sparks to 1-for-14 shooting and four points in the fourth quarter, wind up with 66-57 win, their fourth straight.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/3/2021 11:50:46 AM   
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Lynx clinch their 11th straight Playoff berth.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/3/2021 11:54:55 AM   
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Lynx clinch their 11th straight Playoff berth.

It's all about the Coach.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/3/2021 1:10:34 PM   
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Lynx hold the Sparks to 1-for-14 shooting and four points in the fourth quarter, wind up with 66-57 win, their fourth straight.

Last night was just a plain ugly game. Good teams dig down and win the ugly ones. And once again Sylvia Fowles battled through a league sanctioned mugging.

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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 9/27/2021 3:58:34 PM   
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Crazy that the team with the 3rd best record can be ousted in a one game playoff.

PG play just killed us. Clarendon was nowhere near healthy and Dangerfield looked totally overmatched.
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 11/30/2021 1:19:27 PM   
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Napheesa Collier Announces Pregnancy

With Phee expecting the arrival of their child in May 2022, it seems all but guaranteed that the Lynx will be without their two-time all-star to start the season yet again. How long she will be out is the real question. Minnesota limped out of the gates last season, going 0-3 before Phee (and eventually Layshia Clarendon), who returned to the team after completing her season abroad, helped the Lynx finish the season winning 22 of their last 29 games. One lone person cannot simply fill the void of what Collier does on the court, so Coach Reeve will have her hands full in order to avoid the same disastrous start of last season.

If you take a look at a few players who returned from child birth, we have longtime Lynx rival Candace Parker, former Lynx guard Odyssey Sims, and gold medalist Skylar Diggins-Smith. In 2009, CP3 returned after 1.5 months to practice with the team. During the 2020 Wubble season, Sims returned to the team just 4 months later. Diggins-Smith miraculously played the majority of the 2018 season pregnant before opting out the entire 2019 season. All that to say: It can vary. It will be really interesting to see what her timeline will be like, but hopefully she takes the time to make sure her (and her family’s) health is 100% before she comes back to the game.


https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/11/30/22808334/napheesa-collier-announces-pregnancy-minnesota-lynx-2021-wnba
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RE: Minnesota Lynx - 12/8/2021 11:57:01 AM   
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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The following is a statement from Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor on the recent announcement of Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve as the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Head Coach:

“Becky and I are thrilled for this historic opportunity for Cheryl to lead our country as the new Head Coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. We have been fortunate to witness Cheryl’s leadership and success over the years and look forward to her continuing her journey and remarkable legacy with both the Lynx and USA Basketball.”
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