San Antonio Silver Spurs at Minnesota Lynx: 7:00pm CDT, FSN
The Lynx are back home after losing their first road game of the year in Washington to fall to 2-1. They are clearly among the most talented teams in the league, and look to get back on track on Maya Moore's 24th birthday. Coach Reeve has got to use her bench more; one game after playing 30 minutes and having a major impact in a win over Phoenix, Amber Harris got all of five minutes against the Mystics. I get that dealing with Griner was an issue in one game and not the other, but still. Outside of Monica Wright, Reeve seems too impatient with her reserves.
Game three. The nature of the split in Miami, with the Heat blowing open game two late, suggests that momentum is on their side. I don't buy much into that, though, and expect a good game tonight. I really think Tim Duncan needs to find his offense tonight, especially in the post. His jump shot does not look good, and I think he has enough of an advantage down low to be successful. The Spurs will also have to limit their turnovers; that was an obvious difference between game one and game two, and while four turnovers can't be the standard, 16 is too many. The Heat got great shooting from their bench, particularly Ray Allen and Mike Miller (A combined 6-8 from three), and thus were able to score despite another meh performance from Dwyane Wade. If those guys shoot lights out, the Heat are impossible to beat. I'll leave you with this:
Panama at USMNT: 9:00pm CDT, ESPN.
The USMNT will look to capture another three points in World Cup qualifying tonight in Seattle (on some dubious temporary grass). After their stoppage time goal to win in Jamaica last week ,the U.S. is looking good for qualifying as they approach the midpoint of the Hex. They are in 2nd place on goal difference behind Costa RIca, with Mexico also on 7 points (though having played an extra game). Panama is in 4th place on 6 points, and is coming off a 0-0 draw at home against Mexico.
The U.S. will be missing two key players from their win in Jamaica, as Jermaine Jones suffered a concussion and Graham Zusi is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klinsmann decides to play this one, as a couple of guys were already playing out of position. I expect we'll see Geoff Cameron back in the lineup, perhaps as a defensive midfielder, and also maybe Eddie Johnson starting on the wing in place of Zusi.
Watch the game(s). Chat about them here. I'm going to try to be following all three (the Lynx should end by kickoff for USMNT).