Minnesota Lynx Win Game 2 of 2016 WNBA Finals

The WNBA featured the second game of the championship series on Tuesday night between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks.

The Minnesota Lynx, after getting beat at the buzzer in Game 1 of the 2016 WNBA Finals, certainly didn’t allow the fate of one shot to determine the outcome of Game 2. The Lynx came in under big-time pressure to win in order to avoid going down 0-2 in the series. With an effort from Maya Moore that saw the forward post a double-double, the Lynx won the second game of the series to draw the finals level at 1-1.

Moore’s double-double came for points and rebounds. She had 21 of the former and 12 of the latter, with 11 of her boards coming on the defensive side.

“This team bounces back well,” she said. “We can’t stay down for too long and I’m a part of that. I wanted to bring that energy and that’s what I took on myself personally today.”

Center Sylvia Fowles also had a very strong game and she joined Moore in achieving a double-double. Fowles scored 13 for the Lynx while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds.

On the other side of things, the Sparks didn’t seem to have the same intensity as they had in Game 1. Brian Agler, the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, said as much in his post-game interview: ”We played like this game was more important to them,” he said.

The consequence of the loss need not be dire for  Los Angeles. Most teams that start a series on the road in numerous sports look for a split of the first two games. A sweep is certainly preferred, however the Sparks can still return home for Games 3 & 4 with hopes of winning the WNBA championship without returning to Minnesota.

As the series shifts, differing home-and-away splits now enter into the projections. While the Sparks are 16-3 from home, the regular season and playoffs-to-date combined, the Lynx are the league’s best road warriors. Including their Game-3 victory in the semifinals, Minnesota are 14-4 on the road on the season. While LA have typically put the clamp down in their home arena, the Lynx have typically put the clamp down in road games.

There is definitely all to play for in the 2016 WNBA Finals as the two teams head to Los Angeles. At most there are only three games left in the season now.

Game 3 goes on Friday with a start time of 6pm PT on the west coast. Fans planning to attend the game should be aware that this game will be played at the Galen Center as the Los Angeles Kings will host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Staples Center on Friday.

Shane Lambert