- Associated Press - Thursday, October 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana coach Lin Dunn criticized the coach of the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday, accusing her of a “lack of respect” for an outburst that seemed to spur the Lynx to a win in the WNBA Finals.

Dunn said she wasn’t amused by Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve’s meltdown on Wednesday night. Ignited by Reeve’s technical foul and subsequent jacket toss, Minnesota turned up the intensity in the second half to pull away for an 83-71 win in Game 2 to even the series at a game apiece. Game 3 is in Indianapolis on Friday.

Dunn said she thought Reeve should have been ejected because the wildest part of the tantrum came after the technical.

“I guess the thing that concerns me is that after she got her first technical, then she proceeded to take her jacket off, throw her jacket,” Dunn said. “In my opinion, that should have been reason for a second technical and removal, and they (the officials) did not do that, and of course, she was able to incite the crowd.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that her behavior after the first technical warranted ejection, and I was very disappointed that the officials allowed her to in some ways, you know, just kind of a lack of respect for the game and lack of respect for them. I was disappointed in the whole affair.”

After Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen tied Wednesday’s game at 48 with a reverse layup, Minnesota’s Maya Moore picked up her third foul on the other end. After Whalen’s layup was blocked by Briann January, Minnesota’s frustrations came out.

Whalen was issued a technical foul for complaining about the no-call by official Michael Price, then Price gave Reeve one, too. Reeve took her suit coat off and threw it so hard that she hurt her right shoulder and said she needed to see a trainer after the game.

Reeve wasn’t available to reporters in Indianapolis on Thursday. Minnesota’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin said her coach knew what she was doing.

“She wanted to light a fire under us,” she said. “She wanted to light a fire under the refs and everything else and the fans and energize us, which is what she did. She’s very calculating in everything she does. You all think she’s out of control but she’s not, by far.”

Indiana forward Tamika Catchings, who scored 27 points in Game 2, said Reeve’s tactics worked.

“I think she was just trying to get her team fired up, and she did a good job in that moment,” Catchings said. “It seemed like after that, they really picked it up as a team and all of them played a little more motivated, a lot more physical from that point on.”

Catchings said her team failed to realize the importance of what was happening and didn’t respond well.

“For us, we have to use that as a learning curve, too,” she said. “I should have pulled everybody over and said, `Now, they’re going to start going at us, they’re going to start attacking us.’”

Dunn also took exception to Reeve’s halftime speech, during which she directed her players to use their elbows in the second half.

“When you go to the basket, I want an elbow out,” Reeve said in a speech that was televised. “I want them to collapse their arms on you because you’re sticking an elbow in their chest.”

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