Everyone recovered by now?
That was a heck of a showdown between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx in Game One of the WNBA Finals today, which the Sparks won, 85-84. Game stories are a mix of perspectives, of course:
Chelsea Gray’s jumper, with two seconds left on the clock, helped the Sparks avoid a collapse. The Lynx had crawled back from a 28-2 deficit in the first quarter to make it a close one.
Gray scored a career-high 27 points to lead the charge for LA.
Minnesota rallied after an awful start, but lost.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says their comeback “means nothing.” The players say their start was unacceptable.
The Lynx have dropped game one in four of their six Finals appearances.
Three of the six Finals games between the Sparks and Lynx have been decided by a basket or less.
Before the game:
The Sparks agreed on “unity and solidarity” and stayed in the locker room for the National Anthem today.
Next year’s FIBA Championship will be in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.