If you're not watching the WNBA Finals between the Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx, you're missing out on some good basketball. I've seen every second of the first two games of the series, and frankly the back and forth has been far more entertaining than any NBA exhibition action currently slogging in the upper reaches of your cable dial. Makes sense, once you consider what's at stake.
This is why Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve — in the heat of a close game and an 0-2 series deficit a strong possibility — went a little ape-shoot after the referees failed to call a clear shooting foul on a Minnesota fast break in the third quarter. Watch her reaction, and blazer toss sent toward assistant coach Shelley Patterson's rather colorful outfit:
I've watched a lot of NBA games, but I can't recall seeing a coach toss his coat in frustration. Hubie Brown discarded his midway through during the first game as Memphis Grizzlies coach, but he didn't exactly fire it at an assistant.
Perhaps the best part about the outburst was Reeve's interview with ESPN to start the fourth quarter, just after the toss and technical. We can't find a clip of it online, but rest assured it would put coach Gregg Popovich or Kevin Garnett to shame in terms of its intensity, and awkwardness. She was tiiicked, in ways that her steely postgame remarks barely alluded to.
The Lynx prevailed, pulling away almost directly after Reeve's meltdown; tying the series and preserving a tie as the Finals shift to Indiana.
Game 3 of the best of five is on Friday, in Indiana, and we suggest you give it a watch if you have time. Chortle all you want, but as a basketball nut this is some great stuff.
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