The Storm take on the Western Conference leading Minnesota Lynx tonight, as they look for their first win in Minnesota since January 2010. When you look at this match up on paper, there are not very many advantages for the Storm. The only thing that might work in the Storm's favor tonight is the fact that the Lynx are coming off an emotional loss to the league leading New York Liberty, and may be looking towards the playoffs. Though considering the fact that the Lynx have yet to secure to the top seed in the West, I don't think Storm fans should expect the Lynx to come out slow tonight.
The Storm will have their hands full with Maya Moore tonight. Moore ranks second in points per game at 20.7, and is the complete package on offense. She is able to use her size and athleticism to bully her way to the rim, she shoots the three point shot well enough(36.5%) to keep the defense honest. What impresses me most about Moore's game however is her ability to score from the low block. She demonstrates great foot work in the post, uses great leverage to get good position, and also arguably has the nicest turn around fade away jump shot in the entire WNBA. The common cliche about a great scorer is "you can't hope to stop her, you can only hope to contain her", and that most definitely applies to Moore.
Something Storm fans should watch for is the status of Sue Bird. She has missed the last two games due to rest, and it is fair to speculate that if she misses tonight's game it may be due to the fact that the coaching staff, and management, want to give Jewell Lloyd more minutes at the point guard position, to see if they can possibly move her to the point in the future. They may also be trying to give guard Angel Goodrich more minutes in an effort to figure out whether or not she may be an answer at the point guard position once Bird eventually retires.
It is also important to note that Ramu Tokashiki will make her return to the Storm tonight after missing four games while competing with the Japanese Women's national team in the 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship. Welcome back Tok!
UPDATE:: Sue Bird will play tonight.