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Minnesota Lynx cap off perfect postseason in front of depressing Duluth crowd

If it's not a dynasty, it's damn close -- the Lynx have won the WNBA championship two out of three years.
If it's not a dynasty, it's damn close -- the Lynx have won the WNBA championship two out of three years.

Last night, the Minnesota Lynx finished off an overmatched Atlanta Dream team to sweep the WNBA finals, capping off a perfect postseason where they won all seven of their games, most of them by comfortable margins.

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The championship is the Lynx's second in a three year stretch where they've been to the Finals each season. When you also consider they had the WNBA's best regular season record (26-8), it's hard to argue the Lynx aren't head and shoulders above the WNBA's 11 other teams right now.

But it's too bad the Lynx couldn't have clinched the Finals at home in front of their raucous fans.

Because of Disney on Ice, last night's game had to be moved from Atlanta to suburban Duluth, Georgia. Apparently Dream fans didn't get the memo:

Thanks largely to the less-than-capacity, unenthusiastic crowd (the paid attendance was just over 5,000), the on-court post-game championship celebration felt more high school than big-time professional sports.

But that's the WNBA's and the Dream's problem. The 2013 Lynx -- led by the formidable trio of Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, and Seimone Augustus, with significant contributions from Rebekkah Brunson and Janel McCarville -- are probably the best professional sports team downtrodden Minnesota fans have had the privilege of watching. That's something to celebrate.

Speaking of which, the Lynx's championship parade will be making its way down Nicollet Mall 11:30 a.m. Monday, so sneak away from work and show the gals your appreciation.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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