Lynx foes are feasting on 3s
Even the Minnesota Lynx, who have been the best team in the WNBA for the majority of the past three seasons, have their weaknesses. This year, it has been defending the 3-point line.
Opponents are making 3-pointers at a high clip against the Lynx this season, connecting on more than seven per game and shooting a league-best 39 percent. The 122 3-pointers the Lynx have surrendered are 30 more than any other team in the league.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said 3-point defense definitely is something her team can improve upon.
“We’re mindful of it,” Reeve said.
Reeve added that adjustments have been made with an emphasis on closing out to shooters, and she stressed that defending the 3-point line begins long before a shooter catches the ball. It’s about basic defensive principles and responsibilities, she said.
“A big part of it is one-on-one containment. If you can guard your player, we don’t have to help,” Reeve said.
Where the Lynx have been running into problems, Reeve said, is when a ball-handler breaks down the defense and forces help and defensive rotations. At that point, Reeve said, it comes down to determination.
“(When rotating) we need to make sure we have a sense of urgency to get out and get a hand up and impact the shot. The wide open threes are unacceptable,” Reeve said.
Augustus out again
Lynx All-Star guard Seimone Augustus missed her second straight game with soreness as a result of bursitis in her left knee. Minnesota beat the Seattle Storm on Sunday without Augustus, thanks in large part to the play of Monica Wright, who started in place of Augustus.
Wright got the start again Thursday night after notching season highs in rebounds, assists, steals and minutes on Sunday.
She looked nothing short of 100 percent Thursday, scoring a season-high 17 points in Minnesota’s 91-84 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars at Target Center in Minneapolis. Wright’s offensive explosion included making all three of her 3-point attempts in the first quarter after making just one in her previous seven games.
“I’ve been really impressed with how quickly she’s has gotten reacclimated,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “She was really important making shots for us.”