Reeve's assessment is spot-on from a perspective of consistency. After a rocky first season in 2010, Minnesota has won 26 games or more in the last three seasons, more than enough to earn the best regular season record each time. In 2013, the Lynx set a league record for fewest turnovers per game at 12.1 and set a franchise mark for field goal shooting in the regular season, making 47.4 percent of their shots.
Such efficiency means hiccups becoming more alarming than it should, but it also diminished arguments challenging Reeve's coaching abilities. The best argument has been using the starters for too long in blowout situations, a notion that gained some steam last season, but Minnesota's rabid fan base enjoy the results of her decision-making.
Parallels continue between the Lynx and the Spurs as long-term success builds frustration among the rest of the league's fans, forcing those who clamor for high-profile teams to discard ignorance; Minnesota was shunned by ESPN earlier in the season to make room for a contest between Chicago and Atlanta. Lynx fan rage slowly rose as other players scooped up weekly awards and the regular season list did not include any local names until the First and Second Team selections. Call the Lynx boring, a word often directed at the Spurs, at your own risk.
Supporters have legitimate reason to express dismay: Maya Moore had career highs in scoring, field goal shooting and rebounds and led the league in three-point shooting as others struggled with the longer line. Seimone Augustus had a career high in field goal percentage, and Lindsay Whalen posted a career-best in scoring.
Looking ahead to their Finals series with the Dream, defensive capabilities will hold much sway for Lynx chances at their second title in franchise history. In the post-season, Minnesota has given up the fewest points and boast the largest scoring differential among the eight teams that qualified (they have not allowed more than 71 points in their four playoff wins).
Individually, three Lynx players rank in the top 10 in field goal shooting (Augustus, Moore and Rebekkah Brunson) in the playoffs, while just one Dream player currently stands on that list (Armintie Herrington).
Atlanta did earn a split in the regular season series with Minnesota, but early polls have Minnesota a heavy favorite to avenge their defeat in last year's Finals.
Years ago, competing for championships was little more than fantasy. Prior to Reeve's arrival, the Lynx playoff record was a scant 1-3. Including this year's run, Reeve's career post-season mark is 16-5.