The San Antonio Silver Stars are back at it for the first of 2 games at the AT&T Center for a back to back home stand. The Silver Stars face the visiting Minnesota Lynx who’ve had 5 days of rest prior to this game. The Lynx have won 4 in a row thanks largely in part to the play of their point guard Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright. The Silver Stars have lost 3 in a row and will need to play their best game if they want a shot to beat the Lynx. The Lynx are 4-3 on the road this season while the Stars are 2-4 at home. This is the second of 4 meetings between the two teams. The Silver Stars lost the first game by a final score of 87 to 72, but it was a close game throughout until midway the fourth quarter where the Silver Stars didn’t have enough to close it out and the Lynx won.
Projected Starting Lineups for the Minnesota Lynx
PG – Lindsay Whalen
SG – Monica Wright
SF – Maya Moore
PF – Rebekkah Brunson
C – Janel McCarville
Starting Lineups for the San Antonio Silver Stars
PG – Danielle Robinson
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
PF – Delisha Milton Jones
C – Jayne Appel
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defence. Defend the Minnesota Lynx starting 5. If the Silver Stars can slow down Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Monica Wright & Rebekkah Brunson, then the Stars are giving themselves a good oppurtunity to steal the game. It might be too much to ask to slow down all 4, but if they can just make them work for their points and transition buckets, the Stars will come out as the winners of the game.
2. Balanced scoring attack. This HAS to happen for the Silver Stars to win games. The Stars struggle when they cannot get more than 2 people to score. In a season where they are tied for third with fewest wins in the league and are 2 losses behind Tulsa, it’s pretty clear that the playoffs are starting to fade from the Stars season. They need to score if they want to stay in the game. It’s that simple.
3. No X Factor. Don’t let Janel McCarville have a big game. Same goes for Deveraux Peters. The Silver Stars should limit the bench players and or role players from having a big game because the Lynx will have spread their offence around making it difficult for the Silver Stars to defend.
The game will be on Fox Sports Southwest and on Fox Sports Northwest. It will be at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST. It will also be on LiveAccess.