2017 WNBA Preview: Minnesota Lynx depth key to redemption

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 20: Seimone Augustus
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2016 was a memorable year for the Minnesota Lynx, although the ending of that chapter still stings.

In what was perhaps their best shot to finally achieve back-to-back titles, the Lynx fell one point short to the Los Angeles Sparks in a thrilling WNBA Finals series. Sure, there was flak over a missed shot clock violation on Nneka Ogwumike, but allowing her to get the game-winning put-back with three seconds to go remains a haunting moment.

“When somebody brings it up, you’re going to have the feelings. It’s never going to go away, ever,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve told The Summitt.

Unfortunately, the Lynx can’t do much to correct their defensive miscue until they return to the playoffs, but when their season begins on May 14, Reeve and her crew should have no trouble avoiding distractions about the past. Besides, Minnesota still has enough talent and continuity to add another championship to the three they already own.