Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/1/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Candace Parker #15 (L) and #5 Seimone Augustus of the United States fight for a rebound against Miao Lijie #8 (R) and Song Xiaoyun #4 of China during their women's basketball game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS Step, wince, sit, laugh.Taj McWilliams-Franklin's ascent to the microphone after Wednesday's 83-71 Lynx win was the game in a nutshell. The one step up to the platform was painful, yes, but worth it. She won. Her team won. The pain was so easily forgotten, or at least transformed into joy.The game was a battle, one that Fever coach Lin Dunn described as "basket-football." It was painful at times, and rough, but that's how the Lynx wanted it. So afterwards, of course McWilliams-Franklin smiled and laughed despite those aching, 41-year-old knees. Of course Seimone Augustus made faces and said all the right things. The Lynx have declared war, and it's on their terms at least for now.If Sunday's Fever upset win was a skirmish, then Wednesday was a battle in the trenches. It was messy at times, especially on the offensive end, and loud. Knees knocked and technical fouls were called, and in the end, the Lynx outlasted."I've been coaching for 42 years now, and that's about th...
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