Minnesota Lynx Force Decisive Game 5 Back Home

The Minnesota Lynx stole a game in Los Angeles on Sunday night, setting up a season-ending game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

There’s only one game left in the WNBA season, this much we know for sure. However, who will win the WNBA title is still up in the air. On Sunday evening the Los Angeles Sparks missed a glorious chance to win the title on their home court as they lost Game 4 of the 2016 WNBA Finals 85-79.

Maya Moore, following a poor outing in Game 3, was immense on Sunday night. She scored 31 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in leading her side to victory. Other players that scored in double digits for the Lynx included Sylvia Fowles (10), Seimone Augustus (12), and Lindsay Whalen (13). Fowles also had a very strong 13 rebounds in the game for the double-double.

On a night where Los Angeles could have won in front of their home fans the usual suspects for scoring didn’t fully turn out. Nneka Ogwumike went just 5 for 10 from the floor for 11 points. Candace Parker’s shooting was off as she struggled to 14 points on 4 for 14 shooting. Unexpected offense came from Chelsea Gray as she hit four three pointers en route to scoring 20. However, the Lynx built a small lead heading into half-time and they won by the same six-point margin.

Kristi Tolliver of the Sparks hit four three pointers as well as she scored a total of 15. She suggested after the game that the result was one that would stick with the Sparks.

”We’ll replay this game in our minds and know we have to play with a little bit more poise down the stretch,” Toliver said. ”Be more decisive.”

If the game does stick with Los Angeles, at least they have a few days to let any mental baggage fade. The decisive game of the 2016 WNBA Finals doesn’t go until Thursday night. Both teams will travel between now and then as they head to Minnesota. Game time is at 8pm ET, ESPN2 is where you can findΒ the television coverage, and you kind of have to like the Lynx chances.

They did lose Game 1 at the buzzer at home, however this is a team that was stingy with home losses all year. It really feels like Los Angeles had their opportunity and missed it on Sunday evening. If they don’t win Game 5 then surely that will stick with some of the players well into the offseason.

 

Shane Lambert