What bring a team crashing to a defeat faster than anything is missed free throws and missed layups.
These two things were exactly what happened to the Minnesota Lynx Wednesday in their 73-67 loss to Atlanta.
Allowing the first-year expansion team leave town with only its second win of their inugaral season wasn't embassing, but Minnesota's inablity to knock down free throws, especially in the game's deciding minutes was a shame.
The hosts missed eight free throws in the final quarter, including three of four in the final 1:37 of the contest, and the score tied at 66 apiece.
When a StarTribune summer intern asked Minnesota Coach Don Zierden was confidence the culpuit, "If I knew the answer to that, I wouldn't be coaching. I bottled it up and sell it to everybody," the coach deadpanned.
Then seriously speaking, Zierden responded, "You got to knock down (free throws) at crunch time, and tonight we didn't."
You also have to hit more than three shots, which the Lynx couldn't do in the final 10 minutes, going