The Minnesota Lynx will face one of those two teams Sunday night at Target Center in Game 1 the best-of-five WNBA Finals. The Sun and Fever are tied 1-1 in their best-of-three set to determine the Eastern Conference champion, with the deciding game Thursday night.
In the meantime, the Lynx are back at work Wednesdayfollowing a few days off after sweeping the L.A. Sparks from the playoffs. Coach Cheryl Reeve says her team is "locked into" repeating as league champions this year, telling the Star Tribune "we understand what it takes to win."
The team is hoping big crowds will fill Target Center to cheer them on. Compared to last year, playoff attendance per game is down by more than 1,200. Beat writer Roman Augustoviz says with the Lynx in the favorite role -- instead of the underdog -- fans might be staying away until the finals.
Throughout the playoffs, Minnesota's other pro sports teams (Timberwolves and Twins) have stepped up to purchase tickets for fans to help fill the building. Today, there's word the Vikings have joined the group, buying 500 seats for Sunday's game.
The Lynx will also host Game 2 of the Finals, on Wednesday, Oct. 17.