Minnesota Lynx Aim for Record – But Will it Last?

The Minnesota Lynx improved to 10-0 over the weekend to tie the record for most wins to start a season.

The Minnesota Lynx have taken no prisoners thus far in the 2016 WNBA season. Minnesota are a perfect 10-0 with two recent wins under fairly difficult circumstances recently. On June 10th, the Lynx demolished the Atlanta Dream, the leaders in the Eastern Conference, by over 30 points in a game from Atlanta. The Lynx then had to travel to Washington for another road game the very next day. Teams that play back-to-back road games on back-to-back nights often struggle in the latter one, however the Lynx still managed to post a seven-point victory.

That means that history could be made on Tuesday night as Minnesota host the Indiana Fever. At 10-0, the Lynx have already tied the record for most wins to start a WNBA season. With a win on Tuesday, they would break the record. It certainly is telling that Indiana are just 4-6 on the season and just 1-3 on the road. Those two stats strongly imply that Minnesota will in fact set the record in a game that will be televised on ESPN2 (8pm ET).

However, what’s really interesting in the WNBA right now is that there are two undefeated teams still. The Los Angeles Sparks are 9-0 following a 24-point trouncing of Dallas. The Sparks play Chicago on Tuesday for what could be their 10th win of the season in a game that will come from the Staples Center. The Sparks will then will play Phoenix on Friday in another home game. Neither one is really a slam dunk for a win, however the scheduling puts the Lynx and the Sparks in a neck-and-neck race for the record books.

Minnesota could break the record on Tuesday to go 11-0, Los Angeles could then tie the record by Friday if they can get to 11-0 themselves, and then Minnesota could set the record again on June 19th if they can get to 12-0 through the Seattle Storm’s home court.  Win a bunch of wins for both teams, that could set up a battle of undefeated teams on June 21st in a game directly between the Lynx and the Sparks. In truth, I think the Sparks would have two advantages in the game, the first being home-court advantage and the second being Minnesota having to play on June 19th ahead of the game in Los Angeles shortly thereafter.

By the end of it maybe Los Angeles will be the team going for the record for most wins to start a season. After all, if both teams are undefeated come June 21st and the Sparks win against the Lynx then Minnesota’s streak would end while Los Angeles’ would continue. The Sparks would be 12-0 and they could improve to 13-0 on June 24th when Los Angeles play, you guessed it, the Lynx again in a game from Minnesota. Something has definitely ‘gotta give’ with one of these two clubs soon, but it would definitely be interesting if the ‘give’ came a little later as opposed to sooner as Minnesota aim for the record books, for the first time, on Tuesday night.

Shane Lambert