A look at Lindsay Whalen’s difficult season for the Minnesota Lynx

In the year, Lindsay Whalen has played for the Minnesota Lynx, the team has earned a spot among the top of the WNBA. As the core of the trio with Maya Moore and Sylvia…

A look at Lindsay Whalen’s difficult season for the Minnesota Lynx

In the year, Lindsay Whalen has played for the Minnesota Lynx, the team has earned a spot among the top of the WNBA. As the core of the trio with Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, Whalen has handled the responsibility of leading her team to the playoffs. This year, for the first time, they were in a position to win the WNBA Championship. But the Lynx are also at home, in the United Center.

Whalen spoke to the Los Angeles Times’ Maggie Haberman about the challenges of playing in the home-court advantage for the Lynx, who are currently in a heated battle with the Phoenix Mercury for the best record in the league. Whalen, who could be looking at her last season in Minnesota, referenced her experience in 2016, when she finished with 45 points in the WNBA Finals, and an 18-point victory over the Mercury. After the game, Whalen and her teammates sat in their locker room to watch the celebrations in the opposing locker room, but said that these days, the advantage is probably the other way around.

“We’re sitting at home,” Whalen said, adding that the last few years, the Lynx have faced both Phoenix and Connecticut on the road in the playoffs. “It’s a different atmosphere.”

Last year, the Mercury eliminated the Lynx in a fifth-game series, 4-1. And Whalen thinks the Lynx will have a little more experience to help them hold off a resurgent Phoenix team.

“I know our team is better prepared for the 2018 playoffs, knowing the mindset was, we could go out there and beat these other two teams,” she said. “This year’s team doesn’t have that same attitude. It’s a different year.”

Minnesota and Phoenix are 2-1 in the season, with both teams having won against the Los Angeles Sparks in the first two games of the season. That bodes well for the Lynx, who have won more games against the regular season than any other team, with the most total wins with 27.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Times.

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