Lynx at Fever
7:00 pm CDT
After two extremely physical games at Target Center that the teams split, the nature of this series is established. It's going to be strongly contested and physical, and put a lot of pressure on the officials to call it fairly and consistently. Now the scene shifts to Indiana, where the Fever will look to consolidate the home court advantage they seized in game one of the series with a game three win in front of their home crowd. The Lynx, of course, must win one of the two games on the road in order to force a game five back at Target Center, and will look to do it tonight.
The Lynx have been getting strong play inside from Sylvia Fowles, who scored 21 in each of the first two games, and Maya Moore, who struggled a bit from the field in game two but got to the line effectively and helped seal the win. They are still looking for stronger performances from their Olympian starting back court of Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus, who were somewhat more lively in game two but still combined to shoot just 8-26 from the field. The Fevers' aggressive, physical defense on the perimeter is a major factor in their struggles, but the Lynx need them to emerge if they are going to win their third titie.
For the Fever, the big star has not been Tamika Catchings, who played just 24 minutes with foul trouble in game two, but Briann January, who is shooting the ball very well so far in this series. She's getting open perimeter looks and knocking them down, and the Lynx have to adjust.
Three point shooting has been a major advantage for the Fever, who are 10-26 over the two games compared to 2-18 for the Lynx, who need to free up Moore for some good looks from behind the arc, and do a better job of closing out the Fever shooters like Marissa Coleman and Shenise Johnson.
But the biggest factor for the Lynx will be matching the Fever's intensity and physicality and exploiting their talent advantage to get back control of this series.
It starts tonight.