The Minnesota Lynx (3-0), the surprise of the still-young WNBA season, will look to remain undefeated as they travel to Seattle (or, more accurately, Everett, Washington) to take on the Storm (2-2).
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve and interim Storm coach Gary Kloppenburg likely can sympathize with each other, as both have been forced to find new ways to be successful due to missing the services of superstar talent (Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart) and savvy veterans (Seimone Augustus and Sue Bird).
Yet, such sympathy will not be evident on the court, as Minnesota and Seattle sport the top two defensive ratings in the WNBA. Second-chance points will be hard to come by as Sylvia Fowles and Natasha Howard will secure defensive rebounds stingily. At the point of attack, speedsters Jordin Canada and Danielle Robinson will seek to sneak steals, allowing their teams to get out in transition and, hopefully, score some easy baskets.
Here’s how to watch this defensive battle:
Minnesota Lynx (3-0) at Seattle Storm (2-2)
When: Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA | TICKETS
How to watch: Twitter (nationally and internationally) and JOE TV (Seattle market)
Keys to the matchup: In the Lynx’s Saturday night victory over the Wings, Damiris Dantas demonstrated her potentially deadly floor spacing ability. If she again is stroking it, she can pull Natasha Howard and the Storm’s other stout defenders out of the paint, providing more space for Sylvia Fowles to go to work inside or open driving lanes for Odyssey Sims and Lexie Brown. Conversely, if Seattle’s markswomen Alysha Clark and Sami Whitcomb are firing from deep, Howard, Jewell Loyd and Jordin Canada can find the space needed to create offense in the half court.