MINNEAPOLIS -- Assess. Attack. Annihilate. All while maintaining enough poise and influence to keep a group of moving parts churning at an efficient pace.
It's the desired cause-and-effect sequence for every point guard at every level of basketball. Lindsay Whalen learned it a young age, cultivated it while putting her home state on the national women's basketball map and honed each of its finer points during her first nine years of professional play.
The resulting masterpiece has the Minnesota Lynx on the cusp of dynastic achievement.
"Lindsay's the heart and soul of this team," forward Seimone Augustus said.
And the mind. And the spirit. And the muscle.
Whalen's numbers in her 10th WNBA season offer credence to her most remarkable year yet, one in which she scored more frequently than ever and resumed full command of the league's most productive offense. Her 14.9 points per outing are a career high, and her 5.8 assists are within a fraction of one.
Yet it's the esoteric, pri...