Lynx left to ponder what went wrong and how to fix it

  • Article by: ROMAN AUGUSTOVIZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2012 - 12:40 PM

The starting five should be back, but changes might be made among the reserves.

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tafknatOct. 23, 12 1:26 AM

I like Coach Reeve but never saw her scheme to beat what teams were springing on them defensively outside of telling the Lynx to play better. If Seimone's problem was January being on her like a gnat all game, I didn't see any adjustment in scheme other than sitting players down on the bench. Thought they could've adjusted better to get little January off of her with picks, or Seimone down on the blocks with an 8" height advantage. Their game plans seem to me to rely on being more talented than their opponents but would like to see more x's and o's to help beat the Seattle's and Indiana's who can nullify a talent gap with a plan. PS I thought Wiggins only played a couple of minutes because she banged her head off of the floor and was hurt. She'll be back.

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manoliveOct. 23, 12 3:16 AM

Wiggins couldn't shoot, and her defense was abysmal as she consistently let her opponent blow by her without any resistance whatsoever, hoping for a miss rather than actually try to obstruct the play. Maya was also lacking on defense, letting her opponent blow by her time and again. She looked awfully slow compared to her smaller, faster opponent. This was an all around loss, as the offense was a lot of one on one chucking, and the defense was spotty at best. That said, thanks for a great season, Lynx. You made a lot of people proud, and a lot of new fans I'm sure. Keep up the good work.

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NonsequitrOct. 23, 12 6:55 AM

If Reeves wants a consistent scorer off the bench why didn't she use Erin Thorn who has a consistent shot from anywhere and a great behind-the-arch presence. She sat the bench most of the season in favor of streakie Candice Wiggins!

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kay353Oct. 23, 1210:32 AM

Agree that I would have liked to have seen Reeve use Thorn more this year, Peters too - especially since she may need to count on Peters to step into a starting role next year. The way this season ended was certainly a disappointment, but I look for the Lynx to come back stronger, and hungrier next year. Thanks for another great year ladies and we'll see you next year!

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Rallen1225Oct. 23, 1211:36 AM

The Lynx have never had that "big" answer: the quick, physical player with size in the middle who complements Brunson, can enforce the zone and score inside. That deficiency showed in the Finals. Thorn is a solid, veteran back-up point who did well with the few minutes she was given throughout the year. Wright offers scoring and defense off the bench, but her production tapered in the Finals. Taj wanted to retire last year and was urged to return this year: it appears she knew her body well because her back issues prevented her from being a full and mobile player on the court this year. Wiggins didn't get the minutes she had in the past and it may have hurt her game and confidence. Dev Peters will be a very good player: she's still young and must learn to stay aggressive without fouling. The good news is that a talented core will return. I look forward to returning to Target Stadium to watch the Lynx. Thank you to the team, Coach Reeve (consummate perfectionist), Assistant Coach Shelley (you rock) and Big Jim, for a good year and a near-repeat.

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notsidOct. 23, 1212:57 PM

Just a wild guess here n my part but I think that what went wrong is that Indiana scored more points when they counted than did the Lynx and won the series in four games, nothing more and nothing less. Maybe next year and maybe not. Hard to dominate in most professional sports including the WNBA. Kind of funny to see the older grandmotherly like Indiana coach outfox and out coach the youngster, Coach Reeves.

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kfg31cOct. 23, 12 3:22 PM

they should see if they can find Janelle McCarville......she'd bang inside pretty well...they could probably pry her away from the Liberty for little or nothing

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gopherfan51Oct. 23, 12 4:26 PM

Maybe I am dreaming but it seems to me that after the players returned from the Olympics something was missing. Did the Olympic experience take something out of them? Never the less they still had a great season and were fun to watch. We can be proud of them.

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philpyramOct. 23, 12 4:43 PM

During the regular season I was worried because I saw the team relying too heavily on the jump shot. That's great when you're hitting the shots, which the Lynx typically did, but when a good team takes that away, or when you have an off shooting day, you can be made to look bad. Last year the Lynx were more diverse on offense, with McWilliams-Franklin still a force in the middle and one of the better players in the playoffs. Not so much this year. It's amazing sometimes what a year will do to an aging player. They need to develop or acquire a big body that can control the paint. Add a scorer off the bench, and they could snap back next year with another championship.

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lindsaytOct. 23, 12 4:45 PM

There wasn't really anything *wrong* with the Lynx this year - they dominated the regular season and it made it to the WNBA final series. They won a game against Indiana in the final, but Indiana simply outplayed them in games three and four. Being the second-best, and most talented, team the year after being the best and most talented team only looks like something went "wrong" by comparison. Great job Lynx! Whalen's heroic efforts in game four were inspiring, and Seimone, Maya, Lindsay and Rebecca all had awesome runs in the playoffs - it just didn't quite get them to the trophy this year.

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