The Minnesota Lynx took on Phoenix at home for Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals last night. After hanging onto a lead to beat LA Tuesday evening, it was nice for the team to have a second consecutive game at the Target Center.
Offensively, the game was not a pretty one; both teams shot under 40 percent from the field on the evening. A nice defensive performance and ability to rebound gave the Lynx the upper hand, though, and they came away with a 67-60 win.
Rebekkah Brunson stood out as MVP of the game, ending the evening with 13 points, two steals, a blocked shot and an incredible 19 rebounds. Center Sylvia Fowles added 14 boards of her own while holding Phoenix's Brittney Griner to just nine points.
Up next, the Lynx will take on the Mercury in Phoenix Sunday night. Another win for Minnesota would earn them a trip to the WNBA Finals. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CST and will air on ESPN2.
Speculation about the Wolves buying out Anthony Bennett's contract started earlier this week, but the team announced Wednesday evening that it had waived the power forward. Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton said the following about the decision:
"In speaking with Anthony and his representatives over the past few days, we came to the conclusion that this was the best outcome for both parties. When you look at our team, our deepest position is probably the power forward. This move balances out our roster while also allowing Anthony another opportunity in the NBA. He has a lot of talent and his play this summer internationally made this a difficult decision for me."
Despite admittedly strong numbers internationally, Bennett has yet to fit in well with the Wolves' roster and scheme, and this seems like the best option for Minnesota moving forward. As expected, fans took to social media to express a variety of feelings surrounding Bennett's release.
Anyone who thinks Anthony Bennett might still have a shot has only seen highlights. Yes, there were 3-5 minute stretches last year. A few.— Clockservative #TCOT (@DJDadMCMom) September 24, 2015
@DJDadMCMom Nobody wanted to pay him 6 mil but half the league will want him at 2mil..He was outplayed Wiggins on team Canada.— David Scott (@David_L_Scott) September 24, 2015
According to sources, teams that may be interested in the former No. 1 pick include Portland and Philadelphia.
Bennett certainly offers a nice-sized option at power forward if a team is lacking depth at that position; however, he hasn't shown much intensity on the court, and he will prove to be a risk for whatever squad ends up signing him.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
I know this is a basketball blog and all, but I still have to take a week to recommend my all-time favorite movie.
Remember the Titans
If you haven't seen this movie yet, shame on you! I enjoy a lot of inspirational sports films, but this one continues to hold the No. 1 spot. Remember the Titans tackles (no pun intended) a difficult theme by telling the story of an African-American coach and a high school football team in its first season as a racially integrated unit.
Denzel Washington does an amazing job playing the lead role, and the supporting cast meshes seamlessly. Not to mention, this movie's soundtracks is one of my favorites.
Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!