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May 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

TV Alert: Showdown between Minnesota and Los Angeles

Static.jpgUPDATE: Minnesota defeated Los Angeles 92-84 at Target Center before an announced crowd of 7,923. You can read the game story here.
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Ah, it’s games like these that I try not to trip about the WNBA’s selection of coverage. But dang I wish Thursday’s Western Conference showdown between Los Angeles and Minnesota was on regular television. Instead NBA-TV is bringing us features on The Worm, Red and Big Game.
We’re still in the midst of NBA playoffs, so it’s understandable the focus isn’t on the first full week of WNBA play. Yet, given the way the Sparks and the defending champion Lynx have started, the matchup at the Target Center could be a conference finals preview.
“We had a good shootaround to get ready for the game,” said Minnesota PG Lindsay Whalen after the morning practice. “We’re ready to go, I hope.”
The Lynx (2-0) have defeated Phoenix (sans Diana Taurasi) and New York (on the road) by an average of 20 points to start the season. The Sparks (2-0) have only played Seattle, but rallied from a 21-point deficit and displayed solid depth in both wins against the Storm to pique interest in what LA might do against a different conference rival.
You can catch the game at 5pm PST on LiveAccess. Remember there’s a $4.99 charge, which covers the entire season. The fee also covers watching games on your mobile device.
LA-Minnesota is the only WNBA game on Thursday. The league picks up with seven games over the weekend, including Seattle’s game at Minnesota on Sunday.
“We’re not where we want to be,” coach Cheryl Reeve told The Associated Press. “We certainly had some good moments, but we like to be talking about a win and saying we have to get better rather than losing and saying we have to get better. We still have a long way to go.”

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