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2013 Minnesota Lynx season storystream

The Minnesota Lynx looks to continue their dominance in the Western Conference by trying to win the conference title for a third straight year led by one of the most dominant starting lineups in recent history.

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How the Lynx overcame Storm defense to advance

The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Seattle Storm 58-55 in Game 2 of the first round of the 2013 WNBA Playoffs to return to the Western Conference Finals. And they did so in unsurprising fashion.

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First place Lynx looking to finish season strong

The Minnesota Lynx have the best record in the league and aren't looking to let up any time soon.

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Liberty plagued by offensive struggles

The New York Liberty face the Indiana Fever tonight looking to find their rhythm on offense after a blowout loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday.

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Video: Maya Moore scores career-high 35

WNBA highlights of the 2012 WNBA Finals rematch between the Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever (video from the WNBA YouTube account).

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Thursday links: Prince returns, Whalen's NBA pick

With a game on this morning to provide your WNBA fix, we offer 10 Thursday afternoon links.

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Morning links: Moore for MVP & '13 All-Star voting

10 links from the weekend to get your week started.

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2013 Lynx preview: The quest for dynasty status

A (belated, but still in time?) statistical preview of the Minnesota Lynx based on the season preview framework described in our primer the other day. For those not interested in all these words, the tl;dr version is essentially the first section of 2012 review and the last section titled "key question". For more on Minnesota's major offseason moves, check out our offseason storystream.

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Video: Durant on supporting Monica Wright, WNBA

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant spoke with reporters in Minneapolis about the devastating storm in Moore, Oklahoma and his support of the WNBA after attending today's Minnesota Lynx game at the Target Center.

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Round 3, Pick 12: Lynx take Waltiea Rolle

With the 36th pick in the draft, the Minnesota Lynx selected Waltiea Rolle.

We haven't talked about her all that much, but did summarize her as one of the draft prospects in the Bridgeport region.

Senior Waltiea Rolle is in the top 30 in the nation in block percentage with a strong 6.2% rate and that will probably draw the attention of general managers looking for someone to defend the rim, as Bemiss' rating suggests. On the other end of the floor, her offensive rebounding percentage (11.32%) is strong enough to suggest that she could compete on the boards.

The problem is that her scoring efficiency (51.04%) is beneath the threshold of a successful center prospect over the last few years and she neither gets to the line nor converts free throws very often considering her size. In the end, you can't teach height and it's likely that someone will look her direction on draft day.

For a bit more on how she compares to other center prospects, check out today's post.

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Round 2, Pick 12: Lynx select Chucky Jeffery

Wows: Chucky Jeffery was a do-it-all player for the Colorado Buffaloes this past season and is a strong defender who knows how to use her length and quickness to make plays. And she has the size to continue to do some of the thing she showed in the Pac-12.

Wonders: How likely is it that anyone picked here would make the Lynx roster?

Worries: She wasn't very efficient as a scorer or distributor, which just makes it unclear what her role will be. But as some NBA players have said on draft day occasionally, her position is "Basketball Player aka Baller." Look forward to watching her progress in training camp.

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Round 2, Pick 2: Minnesota selects Sugar Rodgers

Wows: She shoots the ball a lot. And she has a very quick release to do it.

Wonders: Will she become a more efficient scorer in the league as she enters a situation with better teammates where she isn't expected to shoot so much? She was the offense for Georgetown this year so she had to shoot.

Worries: Low efficiency players have a bad track record in the league. There's not much more to say about that. Rodgers would be bucking the trend a bit if she made the league although her steal rate suggests high athleticism that should help her.

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Round 1, Pick 12: MInnesota selects Lindsey Moore

Wows: She was the most efficient point guard in this draft when looking at scoring and passing. And she was an outstanding 3-point shooter.

Wonders: Is there a better mentor for her than Lindsay Whalen?

Worries: The only real concern about her is her quickness with the ball in her hands. She sometimes struggled to advance the ball and get the Cornhuskers into their offense against quicker guards.

For more reaction to Moore's selection, visit SB Nation's Nebraska site Corn Nation.

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Tulsa Shock get a big boost from three team deal

The Tulsa Shock have finally paved the way for Deanna Nolan to return to the WNBA by sending her to the New York Liberty in a three-team trade that also involved the Minnesota Lynx. In trading a player who was not going to play for them for at least one player who is excited to be there, the Shock have taken a step forward.

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Tulsa trades Deanna Nolan to NY in three team deal

In a move that many WNBA fans have been waiting for, Deanna Nolan will be returning to the league after being traded from the Tulsa Shock to the New York Liberty as part of a three team deal that also includes Janel McCarville returning to the league with the Minnesota Lynx. Click here for the New York Liberty's full release.

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Rachel Jarry signs with Minnesota Lynx

FIBA.com reports today that the Minnesota Lynx have signed Australian forward Rachel Jarry.

...the 21-year-old has agreed terms with the Minnesota Lynx, the team that acquired her rights in a trade with the Atlanta Dream immediately after Jarry was selected 18th in the 2011 Draft.

"We are looking forward to seeing Rachel in training camp this summer," said Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith.

"Already a five-year veteran at 21, she has proven to be a difference maker in Australia and should be able to make an immediate impact in the WNBA."

Jarry was on the Opals team that won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and currently plays for the WNBL's Bulleen Boomers. Of course, making a talented Lynx roster is no guarantee considering that they'll returning most of the roster and bringing in two more top 15 draft picks this season barring a trade.

For more on the signing and background on Jarry, check out the article at FIBA.com. For more on Minnesota's offseason, check out our Minnesota Lynx offseason storystream.

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Gemelos chats about chasing WNBA dream with Lynx

Swish Appeal had the opportunity to interview former USC guard Jacki Gemelos, who was drafted in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. As she continues to prepare herself for Lynx training camp, she discussed her emotions after injuring her ACL for a fifth time, her career at USC, and the advice she got about how to approach training camp.

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How can the Lynx stay on top of the West?

The Minnesota Lynx entered their 2012 season defending their 2011 league championship. They once again had a dominant 27-7 regular season record and made their second straight Finals appearance. However, they were unable to defend their championship, losing three games to one against an Indiana Fever team that was an underdog on paper. How could this team retool itself for 2013 to remain on top in the West and as a serious contender for the 2013 WNBA championship?

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