Spending a majority of the next five weeks at home might help everyone get on the same page again.
After playing six of their first seven games this month on the road, the struggling Lynx hope to have Seimone Augustus back as they begin a home-heavy stretch Friday night against the Washington Mystics.
Minnesota (9-4) won its first seven games to begin the defense of its second championship in three years, but it's hit a rough patch with four losses in six contests.
The Lynx lost to Phoenix for the second time in four days Wednesday, getting outrebounded 41-22 and allowing the Mercury to shoot 52.2 percent in a 92-79 defeat.
Minnesota played without Augustus, its second-leading scorer, who was a late scratch with left knee pain. Moore had 36 points in her absence a night after scoring 31 in a win at Los Angeles, positive signs after a five-game stretch in which the reigning Finals MVP was held to averages of 13.2 points and 33.8 percent shooting.
''Without Maya we might have lost by 40,'' coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''I thought Phoenix's defense was really locked in and focused on her and she still got 36. That's pretty impressive.''
It was Moore's sixth game with 30 or more points, tying the single-season franchise record with 21 games left.
Augustus set that mark in her rookie season of 2006, but the 2014 Lynx can't afford to be without her 18.2 points per game. It's unclear if she'll be ready to play Friday.
The visit from the Mystics (5-7) marks the beginning of a stretch in which Minnesota will play nine of its next 12 at home. The Lynx had won 12 straight at Target Center - including their first three this season - before losing 80-72 to Phoenix on Sunday.
Washington won both meetings with Minnesota last season but couldn't contain Moore or Augustus in an 89-77 season-opening loss in the nation's capital May 16. Moore had 34 points and nine rebounds while Augustus added 24 points.
While the Lynx are about to spend plenty of time at home, the Mystics opened a stretch of nine of 12 on the road Wednesday. They kicked off a four-game trip with an 83-73 loss to Atlanta, their fifth loss in six overall.
Washington shot four free throws, and has gotten to the line just 35 times in its last four games compared to 90 for its opponents.
''When the free-throw difference is 23-4, it's hard to make up for it,'' coach Mike Thibault said. ''They were aggressive, drove well ... they upped the aggression with the pressure, and we did a bad job responding.''
Mystics leading scorer Ivory Latta, who had 25 points in the opener against Minnesota, has been held to 8.2 per game and 27.7 percent shooting in her last five.