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Lynx at Sparks: WNBA Finals Game Three

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The pivotal game three in the WNBA Finals tonight from Los Angeles.

WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Lynx at Sparks.
8:00 pm CDT
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After splitting the first two games in Minneapolis, the Lynx and Sparks resume the WNBA Finals tonight in a pivotal game three in Los Angeles.

The Lynx are coming off a fantastic bounce-back performance in game two, in which they dominated defensively (holding the Sparks to 33 percent shooting) and on the glass (a 46-32 total advantage in rebounds.) They also held the Sparks to 3-20 from outside the arc.

That’s the formula for the Lynx—execute their league best defense, control the paint and the boards, and contest the Sparks’ three-point shooters enough to limit their effectiveness from long range. It worked in game two after an uncharacteristically sloppy game one.

Offensively, the Lynx need to feed off turnovers and get out in transition, in addition to taking advantage of their offensive rebounding prowess. In the half-court, they were able to get Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles going in game two, and will need both of them at the top of their game in Los Angeles. Fowles has had double-doubles in both games so far, and should be a force for the rest of the series, even as she battles league MVP Nneka Ogwumike.

Both teams have shown the ability to win in the other team’s building this year: The Lynx took both games in L.A. during the regular season, while the Sparks have won two of the three games they’ve played at Target Center (once in the regular season then again in game one.) It’s the Lynx’s turn on the road once again, where they will need to win at least once if they want to repeat as champions.

Expected lineups

Sparks

Alana Beard
Kristi Toliver
Candace Parker
Essence Carson
Nneka Ogwumike

Lynx

Lindsay Whalen
Seimone Augustus
Maya Moore
Rebekkah Brunson
Sylvia Fowles

Enjoy the game. Chat here. Go Lynx.