Lynx awaits his opponent in the quarter-finals
The Minnesota Lynx will open their playoffs on Sunday with a playoff game to determine whether or not they advance to the WNBA semifinals.
This game will be played at the Target Center at 4 p.m. The Lynx will be there. The other team that will join them will be known after the games of the first round on Thursday night.
Minnesota will face Chicago, Dallas or New York, depending on who advances on Thursday. If the Liberty upsets Phoenix, New York will head to Minnesota. If Phoenix beats New York, the Dallas-Chicago first round winner will be tied to Twin Cities.
Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said there would be no “rooting” interest on Thursday as she watches the games unfold.
“We’re still going through an audit of ourselves, making sure that these few days we’re locked into ourselves to improve ourselves and find out what our identity is,” Reeve said. “And then you just go to, ‘What’s the card that was put down? ‘Let’s watch it, and let’s play.’ “
Here’s a look at Minnesota’s three potential opponents:
No. 6 seed
Offensive rating: 100.9 points per 100 possessions (7th in WNBA)
Defensive rating: 99.4 (6th)
Lynx record against Sky: 1-1
The Skinny: Definitely the best team Minnesota could potentially face in the quarterfinals. The Lynx were still on a team when Chicago entered Target Center and won in June. The Chicago guard combo of Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley gave the Lynx adjustments in both clashes. Chicago is a scary opponent in a unique situation
No. 7 seed
Offensive rating: 102.2 (6th)
Defensive rating: 103 (8th)
Lynx vs. Wings record: 2-1
The Skinny: It was a June loss to Dallas that really seemed to trigger Minnesota’s second-half soar, so a playoff game would be poetic. The Wings, who are led by former Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale, have had their ups and downs all season. Kayla McBride could host another clash with Dallas. In the Lynx’s two wins over the Wings this season, the goalie averaged 23.5 points.
No. 8 seed
Offensive rating: 96.1 (10th)
Defensive rating: 104.3 (10th)
Lynx vs. Liberty record: 2-1
The Skinny: Minnesota’s loss to New York in Game 2 of the season came when some outsiders began to question whether the high preseason expectations for the Lynx were justified. The rest of the season has shown otherwise. The Liberty can thank Minnesota for even making the playoffs – they needed the Lynx to beat Washington, as well as Dallas to beat the Sparks – just for reaching the playoffs.
Maybe New York is a team of fate? Not likely. Sylvia Fowles dominated the glass in the first two meetings between these two teams in 2021, then the Lynx defeated New York at Target Center in the third meeting, which Fowles missed with a shoulder injury.