Two storied franchises look to rebound as Lynx open vs. Storm

Lynx at Seattle Storm, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Climate Pledge Arena

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Opening bell: This is a matchup of two teams — they will play again Friday night in Minneapolis — that look significantly different than they did a year ago. The Lynx have added veteran guards Courtney Williams and Natisha Hiedeman and post player Alanna Smith to the rotation. Last year, the Storm, in their first season without Sue Bird, finished 11-29 for the second-lowest winning percentage in franchise history. But the Storm have added veteran star power to a lineup that already included Jewell Loyd and Ezi Magbegor, getting Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Watch her: Lynx forward Napheesa Collier, who will be a second-time Olympian this summer, is coming off her best season, finishing fourth in the WNBA in scoring in 2023 (21.5 points per game). Around her and Kayla McBride, the Lynx added Williams — one of the league's best midrange shooters — and Hiedeman, who can hit the three and defend the perimeter. The Storm added point guard Diggins-Smith, who missed last year after the birth of her second child — and Ogwumike. The two have combined for 14 All-Star Game selections. Diggins-Smith was third in the league in scoring in 2022, and Ogwumike was sixth in scoring last year. Those players now join Loyd (a league-best 24.7 points per game last season) and Magbegor, who was an All-Star for the first time last summer.

Injuries: Dorka Juhász and Sika Koné are both away from the Lynx because of overseas commitments.

Forecast: The Lynx are determined to get off to a better start than last year's 0-6 beginning, and their improved defense will be challenged by Seattle's offensive firepower.