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gummy
06-06-2010, 01:10 AM
Thought it might be nice to have one big regular season thread for the Feverwhere we can post about whatever games, players, or trends interest us.

Fever defeat NY Liberty 78-73

This was a good game, Zellous was excellent on both sides of the floor, Catch had an elite all-around game, low turnovers, and Katie Douglas was out there shooting 3's well beyond the NBA line. We've outscored our last two opponents 60-34 in the paint.

Little worried about the injury to Tully. Hope it doesn't keep her out more than a game or two.

http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/100605game.html

by Tom Rietmann | June 5, 2010
It was a fiercely contested and physical game – perfect, in other words, for the unflinching style of Shavonte Zellous.


Zellous, Indiana's newest player, turned in a second half to be remembered Saturday night as she led the Fever to a 78-73 victory over the New York Liberty at Conseco Fieldhouse. She led the Fever in scoring as well as tough-mindedness, especially in the second half. Nineteen of her game-high 23 points came after halftime, including nine of Indiana's first 10 in the fourth quarter, as the Fever pulled away from a stubborn New York team.


“I like some aggression,” said Zellous, acquired three games ago from Tulsa for a 2011 second-round draft pick. “I enjoyed this game.”


And Fever coach Lin Dunn enjoyed having Zellous on hand to help the Fever move to 4-3 ahead of Sunday's game at Minnesota.


“I guess you can see why we're excited to get Shavonte Zellous,” Dunn said. “She stepped up big for us off the bench. I thought she did a really good job defending, too.”


Zellous, a second-year player from Pittsburgh who can substitute at both guard positions and small forward, hit 10-of-12 free throws, including six in the fourth quarter. Her slashing, driving style gets her to the line often. She has connected on 18-of-21 free throws since joining the Fever.


“As the days go by, I'm getting more comfortable with everything,” said Zellous, whose 23 points were the fourth-highest total ever for a Fever player off the bench. “With the team, the schemes, everything, I'm just feeling more at home.”


New York (2-4) sliced Indiana's lead to 74-70 when Cappie Poindexter hit a 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds left.


But then Zellous, after taking an inadvertent elbow in the face, extended the lead to six with a pair of free throws. Ebony Hoffman added two more free throws after New York made it 76-73 with 13.1 seconds left.


Counting the playoffs, it was Indiana's 15th straight home victory in the series against New York.
“I thought we showed a lot of poise and toughness,” Dunn said. “You knew they were going to make a run. They're too talented. We were relentless in our desire not to lose.”


While Zellous controlled the second half for Indiana, Katie Douglas led the Fever in the first 20 minutes. She hit 4-of-6 three pointers before halftime and ended with a 5-of-9 mark from the arc and 19 points. Douglas has hit 11-of-19 treys in the last three games after a slow start.


“I've just gotten into a little of a rhythm,” Douglas said. “It feels good. Teammates are doing a great job of finding me, and I'm trying to find the soft spots and get them in.”


However, it was a fast-break layup by Douglas that brought a crowd of 8,090 to its feet in the third quarter.



With 7 minutes left, Tamika Catchings dribbled full-speed toward the basket when she saw Douglas trailing her. Catchings flipped a no-look pass and Douglas scooped it in.


“I saw Katie coming out of the corner of my eye,” said Catchings, who had a game-high nine assists to go with 14 points and seven rebounds. “She was wide open and I got her the ball.”


Douglas and Catchings played for the same team in Turkey this past winter, a time they used to enhance their compatibility on the floor.


“I think that just goes back to us being in sync,” Douglas said. “She had a tremendous game with assists. We just kind of made eye contact on that play, and it worked from there. We played all offseason together and I think we have a connection. It definitely was an awesome look.”


In the final minute of the game, Fever point guard Tully Bevilaqua limped to the bench. With starter Briann January already out with a sprained knee, the Fever are in danger of being without a true point guard. Douglas, normally a shooting guard, has been seeing a lot of action at the point because of January's injury.


“I hope it's a minor sprain; (it's) some kind of foot sprain,” Dunn said Bevilaqua's injury. “The good news is, you're seeing that Zellous is also helping us some there (at point guard). We're giving her as many minutes as we can so we have another combo guard.”


FEVER TIDBITS

-- January, who has missed three games with her knee injury, continues to improve, Dunn said. January could possibly return by next weekend's two games against Connecticut.

Kuq_e_Zi91
06-11-2010, 09:52 PM
Jessica Davenport is a beast. The one bright spot when everyone else shot poorly, she had her way with Connecticut tonight. Unfortunately, our defense was also terrible, especially in the 4th, so her great night came in a loss.

It was also good to see Bri at least get back into things after the injury. You could tell she was a little rusty and tentative, but I think that's to be expected as she tests out that knee.

Overall, not a good game for the Fever tonight, but should be a different game when these teams meet again on Sunday. Those shots should drop, adjustments will be made to the defense, and hopefully we can pull out a win.

ChristianDudley
06-11-2010, 11:05 PM
tough game, but Connecticut has some good players, too. Tina Charles is a beast in the WNBA and Renee Montgomery is a crazy good PG. I think we'll get the next game against them, though. Great job to Jessica Davenport, though, as she just couldn't miss!

gummy
06-13-2010, 07:58 PM
Watching today's Sun - Fever game. The Fever were in trouble, they lost a 20 pt lead but Catch put them on her back in the 4th quarter - 12 pts, 8 rebounds in the quarter. There was a sequence where she had a monster block, rebounded the ball and took it down to the other end and got fouled. 18 pts, 13 reb, 4 steals for the game. I hope those of you who live in Indy are going out to see this woman play. Catch alone is worth the price of admission. I think she's already got another Defensive Player of the Year nod locked up (too bad that seems to keep her from winning MVP).

Tonight was one of the few times I've ever seen Tamika give an official a serious stare down after a bad call, it was hilarious.

BillS
06-14-2010, 08:50 AM
I need to go look at a box score, but Catch was also responsible for a number of really horrible turnovers on bad passes. I don't know how many turnovers there actually were, but I was thinking that she could have a triple double on pts, rebs, and turnovers...

gummy
06-14-2010, 02:16 PM
Bill,

You're absolutely right about that one. She had 5 turnovers and most of them were of the WTF variety. All was forgiven (for me, at least) after that 4th quarter performance. We lose without Catch turning up the defensive intensity and making it her personal responsibility to score.

Also, props to Tammy Sutton-Brown (who I'd taken to calling Charmin-Brown for her soft play last year) - she played good, physical (!) defense on Tina Charles. Charles came in averaging 15.9 and she had 2 points last night.

gummy
06-17-2010, 07:52 PM
Just read in an article about WNBA dads (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ap-wnbadads) that Catch is "poised to become the first WNBA player with 4,500 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists."

Best WNBA player to never win an MVP?

gummy
06-20-2010, 04:08 PM
Back to back wins over the leagues top two teams (Seattle, Atlanta): http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/100619game.html

Sutton-Brown Makes History, Fever Drops Dream

By Tom Rietmann

Two victories over WNBA leaders in a three-day stretch gave the surging Indiana Fever a reason to feel a sense of attainment. But if that was the players' reaction Saturday night after a 94-91 squeaker over Atlanta, they did a nice job of concealing it.

“We don't really have the time or energy to celebrate,” guard Katie Douglas, who collected 17 points and five assists, said as she iced her aching knees. “We did what we were supposed to do. We took care of our home court.”

The Fever grabbed a 17-point first-half lead over the Dream and then held off the Eastern Conference leaders in the final 10.4 seconds with three key free throws and a timely defensive play by Tamika Catchings. The victory, coming on the heels of an important win over West-leading Seattle on Thursday, boosted Indiana's record to 8-4, a half-game behind the Dream.

But Indiana, which has won six straight home games, will now say goodbye to Conseco Fieldhouse until July 8. The Fever plays four straight games on the road, starting next Friday at Seattle.

“Sure, it was a good week for us,” said Indiana center Tammy Sutton-Brown, whose season-high 16 points put her over the 3,000 mark and made her the fifth player in WNBA history with 3,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 400 blocks. “We can celebrate tonight -- enjoy it and have some fun and have dinner. But then, it's back to work on Monday.”

The Fever took a 42-25 lead over Atlanta midway through the second quarter. Indiana's reserves did the damage, building a 19-8 run. Jessica Davenport totaled 10 points on the night, and Briann January added nine.
“Once again our bench showed why they're the best bench in the league.” said Catchings, who had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

None of Catchings' steals was bigger than one with 10.4 seconds left in the game. Atlanta, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15), outscored Indiana 28-19 in the third quarter. The Dream kept the heat turned up in the fourth, too, and had the deficit at only two, 91-89, in the final minute. But after Atlanta attempted to set up a play during a timeout with 21.2 seconds left, Catchings jumped in the lane and intercepted a pass by Iziane Castro Marques.

“I saw it develop because we got burned like five times during the game,” Catchings said. “I knew whoever was driving in didn't really want to shoot it. They wanted to pass to the post underneath.”

Catchings strategy? “Stay low, sneak in and get it.” she said.

Two free throws by Douglas and one by Ebony Hoffman were sandwiched around a pair by Castro Marques, making the score 94-91 with 7.1 seconds left. Atlanta's Shalee Lehning failed to connect on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“We knew when we got ahead at half (55-41) that we were still going to get a great shot back from Atlanta,” Fever coach Lin Dunn said. “They're so talented and good. They came out like gangbusters in the second half.”

Hoffman, who had 12 points and five rebounds, echoed her coach's words.

“Atlanta has a great team,” said Hoffman, whose 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 3:45 left gave Indiana some breathing room at 84-79. “They're fast, athletic, big and strong. You're not going to stop them all the time. You just hope you do the right thing at the right time. In the second half, they started getting shots. I think we held our composure and stayed with it to get the 'W.' ”

Indiana's 93 points represented a season high. The Fever needed the offensive output to ward off an Atlanta team that hit 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the field.

Indiana forced 23 turnovers by the Dream, which led to 35 Fever points.

Indiana has won eight of its last 10 games, but Dunn sees plenty of room for improvement.

“We certainly haven't peaked,” the coach said. “We're not playing A-plus basketball all the time. We still have a lot of room to grow. I think that's a good sign. We're not where we need to be and we're still winning.”

FEVER TIDBITS
-- Atlanta received a big night from Sancho Lyttle, who totaled 20 points and 20 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry and Castro Marques each scored 21. Lyttle's 20 rebounds were the most ever against the Fever, and a Conseco Fieldhouse record by a WNBA player.

-- Coach Lin Dunn on Sutton-Brown's statistical accomplishments during her nine years in the WNBA: “Not only has she done a great job defensively, now she's in a very elite club. It doesn't surprise me a bit.”

-- Dunn said a key factor in the game was Indiana's refusal to give up the lead, even when Atlanta was playing its best in the second half.

SycamoreKen
06-29-2010, 09:17 PM
Nice game tonight. Very entertaining.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-10-2010, 02:48 PM
Katie Douglas just straight DOMINATED the three-point contest. She had 24 (out of 30) and the others had like 12 at most. What a beast. Her follow through is perfection.

gummy
07-10-2010, 06:00 PM
Katie Douglas just straight DOMINATED the three-point contest. She had 24 (out of 30) and the others had like 12 at most. What a beast. Her follow through is perfection.

I wasn't able to watch any of the All-Star stuff today - do you know why Catch played so few minutes? She didn't get hurt, did she?

gummy
07-10-2010, 06:02 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ap-feverrising

Fever Hot Heading into All-Star Break
by Cliff Brunt, AP Sports Writer

The Indiana Fever (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/teams/ind/;_ylt=Aj799YnH_AIszXLj0TaknVZbvrYF) are on a roll and looking like a team that could return to the WNBA finals.

Indiana (11-6) heads into the All-Star break having won six of its past eight games, but is just third in the Eastern Conference behind Atlanta and Washington. Fourth-place Connecticut is 10-8 in the six-team conference.


Things aren’t so balanced out West. Seattle leads the way with a 16-2 record, but no one else has more than seven wins.


New York, the East’s last-place team, would be in second place in the West.

“Normally, it’s the West that’s like that, and everybody is fighting for the top,” Indiana All-Star forward Tamika Catchings (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/players/417/;_ylt=AiNgUt6GPBl8OnlmGcymOqJbvrYF) said. “This year, it’s kind of like the flip-flop. The East is the conference to beat and everything is really close. The level of play each team plays with is a lot higher.”


Indiana enters the break coming off a 100-72 win over the Tulsa Shock (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/teams/tul/;_ylt=AlySPFipZZrtgeX0GnMYPhhbvrYF) on Thursday. It was the second-highest point total in team history, and the 35-point second quarter was a team record. The bench scored a team-record 50 points.


“This was a great way to finish the first half of the season,” Fever coach Lin Dunn said. “It’s good to see the bench play so well. Everyone stepped up and hit big shots.”


The Fever lost three of their first five games this season while Catchings, fellow All-Star Katie Douglas (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/players/424/;_ylt=AuzB4ZVhv4RhkavCQLQ3woRbvrYF) and starters Ebony Hoffman (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/players/636/;_ylt=Ag4kQeaGRguVfqIH2TizlPZbvrYF) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/players/432/;_ylt=AroWCa.abHXO1opZi7xl_3dbvrYF) adjusted to missing training camp after a late return from playing in Turkey.


One of those losses in May was a 79-74 defeat at Tulsa, a game the Fever led heading into the fourth quarter. This week’s game “was a payback,” Catchings said.
“There was no comparison when you look at the two games,” she said. “We did a better job moving the ball. We finished them off rather than letting them come back.”


The Fever are two games behind Atlanta, something Douglas doesn’t mind—for now.


“I’m happy we are where we are,” Douglas said. “It could be worse. There may be some mixed emotions because we would have liked to have started a little better, but we had some situations with us coming back. I’m proud of the way we’ve continued to fight back and put ourselves in position at the halfway point. We’re still in contention of winning the Eastern Conference and that’s what matters.”


Catchings and Douglas have done their share to help the Fever remain a contender.


Catchings is ninth in the league in averaging 16.2 points and leads the league with 2.7 steals. She also averages 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Douglas opened the season in a shooting slump, but has rebounded. She is averaging 13.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.


The Fever have remained a strong defensive team, a key to their run of five straight playoff appearances. Indiana allows a league-low 70.2 points.


The Fever’s only two losses in their past eight games were by four at league-leading Seattle and by three at Washington. Indiana is one of two teams with a win over Seattle this season, a 72-65 victory June 17 in Indianapolis.


“I think we’re definitely getting better and better,” Catchings said. “I’m not satisfied. When you look at the games we lost, we should have won three for sure and possibly all of them. From that standpoint, I’m not satisfied, but when you look at where we came from in the beginning to where we’re about to go, I’m expecting big things.”


Douglas doesn’t expect an easy path.


“I think the East is extremely wide open,” she said. “It’s extremely competitive this year. It’s anybody’s ball game right now. We’re going to take this break and start to get in our playoff mentality and get things rolling.”

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-11-2010, 01:11 AM
I wasn't able to watch any of the All-Star stuff today - do you know why Catch played so few minutes? She didn't get hurt, did she?

No, she looked good in her limited minutes in the first quarter. Classic Catch really; 4 ast, 3 points, an assist and a steal in only 5 min. I think Geno just wanted to rest her "old" bones and not risk it. Plus, the first unit (mainly Bird, Taurasi, Catch) know each other so well already. The rest of the young girls on the roster need a lot more time playing together to build that chemistry that the girls from the previous national teams have developed.

gummy
07-13-2010, 08:46 PM
No, she looked good in her limited minutes in the first quarter. Classic Catch really; 4 ast, 3 points, an assist and a steal in only 5 min. I think Geno just wanted to rest her "old" bones and not risk it. Plus, the first unit (mainly Bird, Taurasi, Catch) know each other so well already. The rest of the young girls on the roster need a lot more time playing together to build that chemistry that the girls from the previous national teams have developed.

Hmmm. Apparently there is an injury of some sort. She didn't play in the scrimmage against Australia:

"Tamika Catchings was a surprise (to me at least) scratch, with knee problems. It doesn't keep her from playing Fever games, but she's scaled back practice time."

Hopefully it's not a huge deal and she's just being cautious and loyal to the Fever, but there you have it.

Source: http://www.swishappeal.com/2010/7/12/1564822/looking-at-usa-vs-australia-at

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-14-2010, 09:04 PM
Hmmm. Apparently there is an injury of some sort. She didn't play in the scrimmage against Australia:

"Tamika Catchings was a surprise (to me at least) scratch, with knee problems. It doesn't keep her from playing Fever games, but she's scaled back practice time."

Hopefully it's not a huge deal and she's just being cautious and loyal to the Fever, but there you have it.

Source: http://www.swishappeal.com/2010/7/12/1564822/looking-at-usa-vs-australia-at

Oh, wow. Thanks for the link. Catch is a warrior. I watched the game against Connecticut today and she was all over the floor, still diving for loose balls and throwing her body into defenders. I respect the heck out of this woman.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-15-2010, 11:00 PM
Huge game tomorrow night against Atlanta.

SMosley21
07-17-2010, 04:27 PM
Went to the game last night (my first Fever game ever) with the lady and her parents and actually had a really good time. Big win for the Fever as well.

gummy
07-18-2010, 01:47 PM
Went to the game last night (my first Fever game ever) with the lady and her parents and actually had a really good time. Big win for the Fever as well.

Was just about to queue that one up on Live Access. Nice to get such a big win against a top team after that Connecticut stinker. If everyone on that team rebounded like Catch does we'd be rolling every night.

gummy
07-18-2010, 06:03 PM
Watching the IN-NY game - tied up at 73, Fever possession with 8.4 seconds to go. Washington just lost so a win puts the Fever in 1st place out in the East.

Live Access link for anyone who's around and wants to watch the last of it: http://www.wnba.com/games/live.jsp?gameid=1021000119

gummy
07-18-2010, 06:06 PM
Ugggh, overtime.

Edit: Cappie Pondexter is still damn good.

gummy
07-18-2010, 06:28 PM
Sutton-Brown misses two point blank shots but we survive that and a 40 point game from Cappie. 84-81, Indiana Fever.

First place in the East where we belong! Fourth place Sun only one game behind though - the East is so tough this year.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-18-2010, 07:38 PM
Unbelievable game. Cappie had a night for the record books but our one-two punch of Catch and Douglas was too much for NY.

Sutton-Brown drives me crazy by how soft she is around the rim on offense. I would have liked to see her pull it out and kill some time on that second attempted layup.

We're so unbelievably lucky to be able to watch a player like Catch every night. You just can't measure all of the things that she does for this franchise, no bum knee is going to hold her back.

pwee31
07-18-2010, 07:54 PM
I'm so glad the Fever squeaked it out. Take took my ESPN streak 16!

Took over first place in the East as well as stated above

gummy
07-18-2010, 08:09 PM
Sutton-Brown drives me crazy by how soft she is around the rim on offense. I would have liked to see her pull it out and kill some time on that second attempted layup.



I started calling her Charmin-Brown during the playoffs last year. How good would we be if our starting center had just average toughness? I must admit she has improved her post defense this year though. If only she could figure out she has to man up in the same way under the rim on offense.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-18-2010, 10:10 PM
I started calling her Charmin-Brown during the playoffs last year. How good would we be if our starting center had just average toughness? I must admit she has improved her post defense this year though. If only she could figure out she has to man up in the same way under the rim on offense.

haha yes, I remember! It actually caught on with me and I call her that now too, all because of you. It's so true though. I think that's why I get so excited when Davenport gets it going off the bench, because she brings that presence we need from our center.

gummy
07-20-2010, 04:23 PM
ESPN article about chemistry between Catch and KT:

http://sports.espn.go.com/wnba/columns/story?columnist=voepel_mechelle&page=feverduo-100715

gummy
07-21-2010, 01:49 AM
As of tonight, all Eastern Conference teams are .500 and above. In the Western Conference only Seattle is above .500!

Crazy. Is the relative lack of competition for Seattle going to mean they come into the playoffs at an advantage (fresher legs due to an easier path to the Finals) or do you think it'll be better to come out of the East battle-tested?

gummy
07-24-2010, 10:56 PM
78-73 win tonight against the Mystics in Washington. Significant things to note:

1) Briann January is back! First start since she was out with an injury, 19 points and 8 assists. She got to the free throw line like a mad woman (14-15 there) and iced the game there in the last 3 seconds.

2) We seem to be on a bit of a roll now. Fourth win in a row, have won 6 of 7.

3) The Mystics were only half a game behind us coming into the game tonight. We're now a game and a half up on them.

4) We now have a road record above .500

Gotta keep winning though. The fourth place team is only 3 games behind us.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-25-2010, 04:06 AM
78-73 win tonight against the Mystics in Washington. Significant things to note:

1) Briann January is back! First start since she was out with an injury, 19 points and 8 assists. She got to the free throw line like a mad woman (14-15 there) and iced the game there in the last 3 seconds.

2) We seem to be on a bit of a roll now. Fourth win in a row, have won 6 of 7.

3) The Mystics were only half a game behind us coming into the game tonight. We're now a game and a half up on them.

4) We now have a road record above .500

Gotta keep winning though. The fourth place team is only 3 games behind us.

All great points, I'll just add to that from my observations:

1) I love Bri. I was so excited when I saw that she would get the start. The place was crazy loud when she stepped to the line with a chance to ice the game, and she coolly knocked em down. Clutch. Since the playoffs last season, I've felt like this was the year where she would slowly take the reigns away from Tully and own that starting spot. I loved what she showed as a rookie, and games like tonight reaffirm my belief that she'll be a great leader for us in the future. Plus, she has a black belt in karate. How awesome is that?

2) We're rolling at a critical time of the year. I know last season I was worried about Detroit, but this season... I think we have a great chance against any team in the East.

3) This team is really tight. I was watching them during timeouts and just dead ball situations and they look like a really close bunch. Cheek was having a rough night with fouls and I noticed Jessica Moore come over and taps her on the back and just say "hey, it's okay." Right before the 3rd quarter they all got together and started dancing. When Bri missed that layup in the final minute of the fourth, everyone came over and gave her a pat or a hand. They let her know she would have a chance to redeem herself and she did. All the little things that championship teams have, this team has.

4) Our defense, and team defense especially has been excellent. Tonight, the help defense was usually right on time. A couple times we got caught switching and the Mystics had an open lane to the rim, but most of the time we clogged the passing lanes and forced the Mystics into bad passes and contested shots.

5) I thought Tully did a great job adapting to coming off the bench. She's just the ultimate professional. She had a reduced role, but she still came in prepared and hit one of the biggest shots of the game.

gummy
08-01-2010, 05:40 PM
The Fever played a stinker and lost first place today. Only Catch scored in double figures and the game before this one Indiana was out rebounded 44-21! To say they are not handling front runner status very well would be an understatement.

http://www.wnba.com/games/20100801/INDATL/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp1021000148

Not pushing the panic button yet but wondering when/if this team is going to display consistent intensity (outside of Catch, of course).

gummy
08-08-2010, 08:01 PM
Dirty Diana strikes again with the "inadvertent" nasty elbow to Davenport's nose. 'Tis not the first time that sort of thing has happened at the end of a hotly contested game that Phoenix is losing.

Gonna win though, 95-78 with 2 and a half remaining.

Kuq_e_Zi91
08-08-2010, 08:38 PM
Dirty Diana strikes again with the "inadvertent" nasty elbow to Davenport's nose. 'Tis not the first time that sort of thing has happened at the end of a hotly contested game that Phoenix is losing.

Gonna win though, 95-78 with 2 and a half remaining.

That **** was disgusting. She clearly saw Davenport, stuck out her elbow, and even followed through. Then afterward, she even looks over like with satisfaction. What a *****. I don't know why, but that **** really bothers me. If she was anyone else, on any court in America she would get her *** beat for pulling some **** like that.

And she probably won't even be punished.

I'm so happy we blew them out. Without Cappie, they ain't ****.

Sookie
08-09-2010, 01:09 AM
I'm a fan of Taurasi's, and even I thought the elbow was intentional, retaliation for Dewanna Bonner. I don't think she hurts people because she's losing. I've never seen that one. But I have seen her retaliate, quite blantantly. But apparently She (Taurasi) went over to Hoffman to check on her, and kinda patted her on her arm.

gummy
08-12-2010, 10:36 PM
Not specific to the Fever, just a progress report on the league. Basically the storyline is one of slow, steady growth in attendance and ESPN ratings over the last two years. I saw somewhere else that merch sales were also up this year but I can't remember where I read it.

Not too shabby in a crappy economy.

http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ap-wnba-positivesigns

Kuq_e_Zi91
08-13-2010, 07:54 PM
I love this girl Briann January, man. What a play to end the first half!

gummy
08-13-2010, 08:31 PM
Love to hear the place so loud - glad to see folks remember and appreciate last year's Finals match-up.

gummy
08-13-2010, 08:33 PM
The bench is not getting it done right now.

cordobes
08-13-2010, 08:43 PM
Wow, what an incredible succession of plays right there. May have decided the game.

The arena is pretty packed, any special ticket promotion or it's only because it's vs. Phoenix?

Sookie
08-13-2010, 08:58 PM
Wow, what an incredible succession of plays right there. May have decided the game.

The arena is pretty packed, any special ticket promotion or it's only because it's vs. Phoenix?

Yea..looked like a lot of people.

Perhaps a little rivalry there.

The Fever aren't my team (not that I really have one in the WNBA..I kind of go between Connecticut, New York, Phoenix, and Seattle..that's only about half the league there..:D And I don't mind Indy..) but the way the crowd supported them last season during the playoffs was fantastic. I'm hoping for a Seattle/Indy final, the fans are awesome for the women. (although Phoenix/Indy would be good too)

ChristianDudley
08-13-2010, 11:33 PM
I heard that the game was a sellout tonight. I'm so glad that we won and man we are playing great right now. I'm really hoping that we can finally win that championship this year (knock on wood). I'd rather play Seattle in the Finals if we get there (and assuming Seattle does too) as I don't want to see anymore of Taurasi as I absolutely have to. I think she is actually one of the dirtiest players in the league and she does get away with some pretty big calls from what I've seen--a la LeBron James--imo. But back to the Fever, they've got great chemistry on and off of the court and really play like a team. They play hard and with passion and it is great to see the fans come out and support the team.

Sookie
08-14-2010, 12:57 AM
I heard that the game was a sellout tonight. I'm so glad that we won and man we are playing great right now. I'm really hoping that we can finally win that championship this year (knock on wood). I'd rather play Seattle in the Finals if we get there (and assuming Seattle does too) as I don't want to see anymore of Taurasi as I absolutely have to. I think she is actually one of the dirtiest players in the league and she does get away with some pretty big calls from what I've seen--a la LeBron James--imo. But back to the Fever, they've got great chemistry on and off of the court and really play like a team. They play hard and with passion and it is great to see the fans come out and support the team.

she gets away with a lot, she also gets called for a lot too, more so than other superstars. (It's her own fault, she's not very subtle about things. )
IMO, she's the WNBA version of Kobe. (well, except the players in the league actually like her, and she's a better passer and play maker)

gummy
08-14-2010, 05:04 PM
Great game. I don't think it was a sellout though - 10,002 was the official number, which is the 2nd largest of the year.
Here's an excerpt of the post game write-up. Love the swagger:

Stirring The Emotions By Tom Rietmann

On a night when the Indiana Fever shattered its franchise scoring record and clinched a playoff position, the team also made a statement to the rest of the WNBA.

“This was our goal, to beat the (league) champs and sweep them this season, just to put a message out there: 'Don't sleep on the Fever,' '' forward Ebony Hoffman said after Indiana thumped reigning WNBA champion Phoenix for the second time in six days.

http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/100813game.html

NuffSaid
08-15-2010, 05:56 PM
When I was the TV schedule for this game (Fever/Mercury), I told my wife I thought the WNBA lost a great opportunity to capitalize on the season WNBA Finals matchup between these two teams. It was the highest WNBA Finals ever televised; for the regular season rematch not to be aired, IMO, is a huge mistake! Think of how many basketball fans let alone WNBA, Fever or Mercury fans would have watched this game.

What a wasted opportunity to not only generate advertising revenue but to also bring in even more fans to either arena (in this case, the Fieldhouse since this was a Fever home game).

Kuq_e_Zi91
08-22-2010, 07:16 PM
Stellar play by Bri tonight. It would be a huge plus to have Bri at the top of her game when we face NY.

That said, I'm not a fan of her over-dribbling on the final play of the 4th quarter. I would have liked to see Catch get an iso at the top of the arc and let her go to work.

gummy
08-22-2010, 08:05 PM
Didn't get a chance to watch the last game.

I'm bummed that we slid down to 3rd place. NY is super hot right now, I am a little worried. If the Fever are at the top of their game they'll take the series but they've been up and down all year...

pwee31
08-22-2010, 08:58 PM
Three game losing streak isn't how you want to go into the Playoffs. Hope Katie's ankle is OK.

Hope we see a more focused team

Shade
08-23-2010, 02:40 PM
First-round exit, I'm afraid.

Time to get a new coach.

grace
08-23-2010, 07:57 PM
Time to get a new coach.

I'm surprised you didn't say that after they lost in the finals last year.

BillS
08-24-2010, 08:28 AM
In that last game, they tried something new - two players moving on offense AT THE SAME TIME.

I thought it was an optical illusion or perhaps some kind of hallucination until it happened again.

Then it stopped.

gummy
08-24-2010, 01:38 PM
That was a frustrating end to the season but we still won over 20 games and we had a chance to be the #1 seed until the last game of the season in a conference that has never been this tough before.

I don't know how the 1st round is going to go but we're not an automatic one and done, that's for sure. The sky has not yet fallen.