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Three Lynx named to WNBA All-Star team

Maya Moore1 / 3
Sylvia Fowles2 / 3
Seimone Augustus3 / 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears the dream of the entire Minnesota Lynx starting lineup being named to the WNBA All-Star Game in the Twin Cities is dead.

Lynx players Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus were named all-stars on Tuesday night ahead of the game, which will be played July 28 at Target Center.

It will be Augustus’ eighth appearance in the summer showcase, Moore’s sixth and Fowles’ fifth.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve had expressed hope that all five-starters on the four-time league champions’ roster would be selected, but Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson were not chosen.

Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker and Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne will be the captains for the All-Star Game.

Billboard is back

About two months after Lynx star Maya Moore’s billboard created a brief stir around downtown Minneapolis, it finally made its way back to the Twin Cities area on Tuesday morning.

The image, an homage to a Michael Jordan poster, can now be seen on southbound I-35E in White Bear Lake.

“It’s exciting to just continue with the momentum that the campaign is continuing to bring,” Moore said. “It’s great to have it here in my home state. It’s something that was talked about, and now that it’s done it makes me excited.”

Originally designed as a pop-up ad campaign, the massive Nike Jordan Brand poster featured Moore re-creating the famous “Wings” poster from the late 1980s that featured Jordan himself.

Approved for just one day by the City of Minneapolis, it was displayed prominently outside Target Center. Although it was well-received at the time, it was gone in less than 24 hours.

That didn’t sit well with local real estate agent Kris Lindahl, whose face can be seen on billboards throughout the Twin Cities. The Moore image replaces one of him.

“This is a joint effort with the Lynx and Jordan Brand,” Lindahl said in a statement. “As a Minnesota sports fan, I am honored to be able to help feature one of our city’s best athletes.”

Moore just hopes young girls will be inspired by the billboard.

“Not everyone is going to be a professional basketball player. Not everyone is going to be able to take the path that I’ve taken. You can still be great,” she said. “… Hopefully looking at me and the things that I stand for and the things that I do will inspire young girls.”

Full strength

After missing the past three games with a strained right thigh, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson was back at practice Tuesday afternoon and is probable for Wednesday’s 11 a.m. tipoff against Indiana at Target Center.

“There’s no question that the toughness and energy is something that she brings,” Moore said. “That inspires us. … It’s nice to have her back on the floor.”

With Brunson out, the Lynx missed her most on the boards. In fact, in the most recent loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, the Lynx were outrebounded 41-27, including 28-12 in the first half.

“I think it was clear (what we miss) when it was 28-12 on rebounding at halftime,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “And if we look at that game, we botched a lot of defensive assignments, and we missed her experience in our defensive rotations. … That game it was really evident that we missed her.”

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