Thank YOU, Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx. You are putting on a helluva show! Can we move to volleyball rules? Gotta win by two? :-)
Great night at the Staples Center as the stars came out (remember when the stars would come out?) to watch a fabulous game (and yes, there was this: NBA admits officials missed late call in Game 4 of Finals). It didn’t turn out like the LA crew wanted but, lucky us, that means we get to continue the W’s Year 20. Watch’em work, y’all.
To suggest Maya Moore has a keen sense of the moment is not to say she isn’t playing her tail off constantly. Because she is.
Yet in a career full of big moments in big games, this chaser (and usually catcher) of championships senses the times when something extra special is needed.
Long before the frantic final minutes, Maya Moore knew what she was going to see in Sunday’s Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. As the Lynx forward always does, she looked into the eyes of her teammates in the first quarter — and saw a group ready to scrap to the end against Los Angeles.
“I knew we were going to fight,’’ Moore said. “If we were going down, we were going down fighting.’’
My oh Maya.
You may have heard that phrase after Maya Moore put in 31 points and 9 rebounds in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals Sunday night. Her initiative helped the Minnesota Lynx squeak out an 85-79 win over the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center to even the series at two games apiece and force a fifth and deciding game on Thursday in Minneapolis.
“Any way that I can help my team, whether it’s getting offensive rebounds or getting steals, all those things create momentum and create rhythm for me,” Moore said.
“We have created a tough place to play at Target Center. I’m expecting 15,000-plus fans for Game 5,” Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said. “They’re going to bring the energy and we’re going to bring the pain.”
After four games featuring practically everything from buzzer-beaters to blowouts, the WNBA’s two best teams will need one more meeting to decide ultimate supremacy.