MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will battle it out in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals Thursday night. For the Lynx, a win would earn them their second straight WBNA title and their fourth in six years.
Every game, the Lynx have known they had a big bit of history waiting in the wings if they could keep going and keep winning, but the team has tried not to think about it too much.
“Coach [Cheryl Reeve] kept it all in perspective,” Seimone Agustus said. “The first day of training camp laid it all out on the line. You know what today is. You know what our goal is.”
The team is sporting purple kicks for WNBA finals as a salute to Prince, who hosted them at Paisley Park when they won the championship last year.
“At this point I’m not worried about having a packed gym,” Slyvia Fowles said. “I think our fans are going to do well for us. I think I’m more excited about getting out there and playing Game 5.”
If the Lynx win this last game, they will have earned a spot in the record books with four WNBA championships – tying the Houston Comets.
“[A] message to the fans - this is just everything we've asked for,” Maya Moore said. “This is just such an opportunity to finish the season off in such a special way.”
The team, which typically has a turnout envied throughout the WNBA, has had a good turnout throughout the post-season and knows Game 5 is going to be packed.
“I think it's going go be just like our fans gave us last year,” Head Coach Cheryl Reeve said. “They were a part of us earning home court advantage and I think they're going to work really hard to do their part.”
The Lynx are planning a green-out for Thursday's game, asking fans to wear green. Game 5 will be played at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis at 7:00 p.m.