MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Lynx have a home game Friday night against the Seattle Storm.
It is a big one, because it is their final game before the Olympic break.
Yes, Seimone Augustus admits, it is a little weird in the midst of a pursuing a WNBA title to stop cold and put that on hiatus for a month-long break.
“It’s weird, but at the same time, some of these ladies need a break,” Augustus said. “Everybody’s banged up and beat up at this point in the season.”
Augustus, however, will not be getting a break. Neither will Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore or Sylvia Fowles — the four Lynx players on the Olympic team headed to Rio.
But first, one more game, and a need to avoid losing focus
“We’ve just got to lock in, got to start off aggressive, be on attack mode, dictate action,” Augustus said.
This might not be a great time to take a month-long break. The Lynx are playing probably their best basketball of the season. They have won their last five in a row, and four of those have been by 18 points or more.
But the Olympics, Augustus says, are even bigger than that.
“You want to win WNBA titles and whatever else, accomplishments that are out there to win, but whenever you’re able to hang a gold medal around your neck, that means a little bit something, you know, a little bit more special than some of the other things,” Augustus said.
Besides — the Olympics do not happen nearly as often as the Lynx win a title.