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Lynx Vs. Mystics: Olympic Champs Return To WNBA Schedule

The Minnesota Lynx return from their Olympic break for a game against the Washington Mystics.

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The Minnesota Lynx did really well at the 2012 London Olympics, with three of their players helping Team USA win the gold while the WNBA took its mid-summer break. The ladies return to action on Friday, though, with a game on the road against the Washington Mystics.

The Lynx -- featuring gold medalists Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus -- enter Friday night's game with a 15-4 record. That win-loss record isn't as impressive as it was when they began the season with an incredible winning streak, but they still shouldn't have too much trouble with the 4-15 Mystics.

The key matchup will involve one of the non-Olympic Lynx, though, as the Lynx website believes Rebekkah Brunson's matchup with Crystal Langhorne is the one to watch.

Having missed the last two games against Tulsa with a strained calf, Rebekkah Brunson has used the Olympic break as a no-rush period for recovery and has been fully participating in practices. Still the team's third-leading scorer behind Augustus and Moore, the Lynx have come to rely on Brunson's numbers on the offensive side. But on the other end of the court, Brunson and her teammates will be tasked with shutting down a backcourt comprised of Michelle Snow, Monique Currie and Crystal Langhorne.

Langhorne has been Washington's leading scorer this season, averaging 16.6 points. She's shooting almost 60 percent from the field, ranking her third in the league in field goal percentage, and her presence inside helped keep her team in their previous game against the Lynx. But Langhorne came up short last night, with only four points to show for her 30-plus minutes of play against Indiana.

For those who weren't able to catch the Lynx in action in London, the game is scheduled for a national broadcast on NBATV at 7 p.m.

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