Q&A with the Lynx Lindsay Whalen


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Lindsay Whalen’s homecoming has been anything but triumphant thus far. Her Lynx limped out to a 2-9 start before winning three straight and then dropping their next two. Thanks to a dismal Western Conference however, the 5-11 squad finds itself firmly in the playoff picture.

Despite the loss of Candice Wiggins with season ending Achilles injury, things are actually looking up for the Lynx. The team begins a stretch of six straight home games on Thursday against San Antonio. If Whalen & Co. are going to make a run to the post season and beyond, the time is now.

The former U or M superstar was kind enough to answer some of my questions last week:

DZ: You guys have been playing a little better lately, what do you think the difference has been?

WHALEN: I think we got a couple of wins there, got a little roll going - a little more flow, a little more rhythm to our game. The other night in San Antonio (June 26) was probably - we just didn’t play well, didn’t get the win. Now we’ve got to try to get it back again with the next game.

DZ: How about you personally, how do you feel your game is coming along?

WHALEN: I’ve felt really confident, really good since probably the Tulsa game at home (June 18). I am getting better, I still need to stay aggressive and look for everybody on the court, but also coach has been telling me to look for my shot, especially now with Wiggins out. On the defensive end, just pick it up like everybody needs to right now - pressure the ball - do a better job of that. Those are the things I have been working on in practice.

DZ: As a point guard, how long does it take you to get used to your new teammates?

WHALEN: It takes a while - it’s timing, it’s knowing where everyone is going to be on the court - those kind of things. It takes some time, but I think we got a nice little rhythm there with the 3 game (winning) streak, so we just have to try to get another one started.

DZ: With Seimone coming back - obviously she’s an important part of the team, someone you’re going to have to work with quite a bit - have you guys started to develop a rapport (on the court)?

WHALEN: Yeah, I think so. I am just trying to read when she is coming off screens and just understand when she is comfortable with the ball and when she’s open or maybe wants to get a post-up - things like that. I think things are coming along with me and her really well.

DZ: You’ve been home almost half a season - in Minnesota anyway - off the court, how has that been for you?

WHALEN: It’s been good. It’s good to be back…I love the state, the city everything. It’s been a lot of fun being back, of course. I am seeing more family - in June we weren’t home very much and I think one of the home games I was sick, so it will be good to get some home games in July and get that home court advantage going again.

DZ: Do you get a lot of tickets requests and that kind of thing?

WHALEN: Yeah, I get quite a few, but a lot of my family have season tickets and things like that. Not too many, but some request - of course - every game.

DZ: How about Target Field, have you been over there at all?

WHALEN: Yeah, I’ve been over there for probably two games - one got rained out - so that was too bad or got suspended or something. It’s a great stadium and hopefully I’ll get over there more in July when we’re home for a longer stretch and not on the road so much.

See more of David Zingler’s interviews with Lynx players and coaches:

June 18: Seimone Augustus
May 23: Hamchétou Maïga-Ba
May 15: Cheryl Reeve
April 29: Monica Wright

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