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Lynx at Mercury: Game Three

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The Lynx will go for the sweep this afternoon in Phoenix

WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Lynx at Mercury
4:00 pm CDT
ESPN

After taking the first two games of this best of five series at home, the Lynx will look to finish off a sweep this afternoon in Phoenix.

The Lynx have deployed a devastating offense, especially in game one, led by Maya Moore, who has averaged 28.5 per game so far in the series. They’ve gotten contributions from everyone in support of Moore’s brilliance, with Lindsay Whalen finding her scoring groove (17.5 ppg) and both Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson nearly averaging double-doubles. The second game was a foul-marred slog, but the Lynx started strong and never let the Mercury catch them.

Meanwhile, the Mercury have struggled to get stops through the first two games, and their rebounding has been atrocious. Diana Taurasi has gotten her points, but it hasn’t been nearly enough. Brittney Griner managed 16 points in game one, but only took two shots (and scored two points) in game two, and has a total of four rebounds over the two games, which is almost unfathomable.

The Lynx would like to put this series away and get ready for the Finals, which appears likely to be a match up with the other dominant team in the league this season, the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks also hold a commanding 2-0 lead over the Chicago Sky, and will be looking to close out that series prior to the Lynx game. They play at 2:00 pm CDT also on ESPN.

But both teams need to take care of business in the semifinals before turning their attention to each other. The Lynx will look to step up their defense, which was tops in the league during the regular season, and get out of Phoenix as soon as they can.

Enjoy the game. Chat here. Go Lynx.