Indiana Fever In the WNBA’s Final Four

Well Indianapolis the time is here. The Indiana Fever are back in action tonight as they march towards their first ever appearance in the WNBA finals. Of coarse there is one major roadblock they will have to overcome before the 2009 Eastern Conference Champions banner will hang in the Conseco Filedhouse rafters, the Detroit Shock. Actually let me rephrase that, the defending WNBA champions Detroit Shock.

The Fever ended the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 22-12. Yet many consider the Shock to be the hottest team in the entire league right now, winning 11of their last 13. This includes a two game series sweep of the higher ranked Atlanta Dream in last week’s conference semi-finals. Other news that should worry Circle City residents is the fact that the Shock have eliminated the Indiana team from the playoffs the last three seasons, including the conference finals in 2007.

However, this does not mean it is time to abandon ship just yet Indianapolis sports fans. There are several factors that reside in the Fever’s favor. First, this is not the same Shock team from a year ago. They have lost their sideline general Bill Lamber, who hopes to land an NBA coaching gig, and are under the direction of first-year head coach Rick Mahorn. Second, arguably the Shocks best player, Katie Smith is doubtful for the entire series with a back injury that has held her out of action since Aug. 27. Third, the Fever have won three of the four head-to-head match ups this year, with the only loss coming  in overtime. Finally, in case you have been living with your head in the sand, the Fever have this force of nature wearing the #24 jersey named Tamika Catchings. This perennial all-star is playing all-universe type basketball right now and is determined not to be on the losing end of a Fever-Shock series again.

The action kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. in Detroit for game one of the three game series. Since the Fever ended the regular season as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, they receive home court advantage. Which means that game two will be held in downtown Indianapolis on Friday night. If the series goes to a game three, the deciding game will take place right here in Indy as well on Saturday night. Tonight’s game will air on ESPN 2.

Check back with tomorrow for summary and analysis of game one of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Fever and the Detroit Shock.