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Imagine if Taj McWilliams-Franklin were healthy

Taj McWilliams-Franklin suffered from a stomach ailment, but that didn’t stop her from helping the Minnesota Lynx jump out to a 1-0 lead in the WNBA finals. She had eight points and ten rebounds against the Atlanta Dream. Game two is Wednesday in Minneapolis.
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Taj McWilliams-Franklin suffered from a stomach ailment, but that didn’t stop her from helping the Minnesota Lynx jump out to a 1-0 lead in the WNBA finals. She had eight points and ten rebounds against the Atlanta Dream. Game two is Wednesday in Minneapolis.

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