WNBA Sneaker Watch: Lynx Cruise in Game 1

The Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream tip-off Game 1 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

words // Brandon Richard

For the Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx, it all comes down to this. The next five (or less) games will determine which team will take the top spot in the WNBA hierarchy. In one corner, you have the Dream, who are making their second-straight Finals appearance after upsetting the Eastern Conference’s Number 1 and Number 2 seeds in this year’s playoffs. The opposition is the team that had the league’s best record during the regular season, the Minnesota Lynx. As well-rounded as any WNBA team, the Lynx topped the previous franchise-high for wins by nine and have only lost consecutive games once this season.

Game 1 of the WNBA Finals was actually a little closer than the score suggests. In front of more than 15,000 fans, the Dream and Lynx were neck-and-neck through three quarters, tied at 62 entering the fourth. That’s when Minnesota turned on their stifling defense and started the last quarter on a 13-0 run, starting with a Lindsay Whalen 3-point play and ending with two fast break layups. After going up 75-62, the Lynx had the game in the bag, eventually winning 88-74 and taking a 1-0 series lead.

Forward Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen helped Minnesota’s cause with 22 and 15 points respectively. Leading the way for the Dream was the seemingly unstoppable Angel McCoughtry, who led all scorers with 33 points.

Game 2 will be played in Minneapolis tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Read on for a look at what basketball shoes were worn in Game 1 of the Finals in today’s Sneaker Watch.

WNBA Sneaker Watch: Lynx Cruise in Game 1 2

Maya Moore's WNBA Finals Basketball JerseyA close look at Maya Moore’s WNBA Finals basketball jersey.

Alison Bales wearing adidas adiZero Infiltrate; Coco Miller wearing adidas TS Low Motion vs. LynxCoco Miller and Alison Bales attempt to grab the ball away from Monica Wright, wearing TS Low Motion and adiZero Infiltrate adidas basketball shoes respectively.

Amber Harris wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI vs. Atlanta DreamAmber Harris helps block a shot in a PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Angel McCoughtry wearing Nike Air Max Soldier V vs. Minnesota LynxAngel McCoughtry tries to tip in a shot wearing her Nike Air Max Soldier V PE.

Iziane Castro-Marques wearing adidas TS Heat Check vs. Minnesota LynxIziane Castro-Marquez shoots in TS Heat Check adidas basketball shoes.

Jessica Adair wearing adidas TS Heat Check vs. Atlanta DreaJessica Adair also wearing the adidas TS Heat Check.

Lindsay Whalen wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 vs. Atlanta DreamLindsay Whalen sizes up her defender in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

Lindsey Harding wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI vs. Minnesota LynxLindsey Harding attempts a layup in her personal colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI; Candice Wiggins defends in Air Max Hyperize Nike basketball shoes.

Maya Moore wearing Jordan Fly Wade vs. Atlanta DreamMaya Moore runs the court in the Jordan Fly Wade.

Sancho Lyttle wearing Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 vs. Minnesota LynxSancho Lyttle seals off the basket in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011.

Seimone Augustus wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 vs. Atlanta DreamSeimone Augustus makes a strong move in her PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

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