MINNEAPOLIS - Maya Moore has homecourt advantage throughout the WNBA Finals.
The Minnesota Lynx star has taken her play to another level this season, fulfilling the promise she had as one of the most celebrated college players ever when she was taken No. 1 overall three years ago.
Now Moore and the Lynx find themselves in the finals for the third straight year. Game 1 is on Sunday night against the Atlanta Dream, the team that the Lynx beat in Moore's rookie season to capture the franchise's first championship. The Lynx had the best record in the league this season, so the best-of-five series starts in Minneapolis.
But even when it shifts to Georgia for Game 3, Moore will feel right at home. The Dream's Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta is hosting Disney On Ice, so the building isn't available.
So Game 3 will be played at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, about 25 miles north of Atlanta. Moore definitely will know her way around. Before she became a star at UConn, Moore led Collins Hill High School to three straight Georgia state high school championships, with each title game played at Gwinnett Center.
"I know Maya's excited," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "I hope she can contain herself. Maya will show us around if we're unsure of things."
Moore, who was runner-up to Candace Parker for league MVP, smiled when Gwinnett was mentioned.
"It will definitely be special," she said. "I'll be super-focused on the game. Hopefully it can be a win for the Lynx and I can enjoy that area to the full because I played well."
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