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2012 WNBA Finals: The Indiana Fever defeat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 3-1

The Minnesota Lynx entered the 2012 WNBA Finals trying to become the third team in WNBA history to win back-to-back championships. In their way was the Indiana Fever, a franchise looking to win their first WNBA title after taking part in one of the most competitive Finals series in WNBA history in 2009.

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Video: Obama honors Indiana Fever at White House

Video of President Barack Obama congratulating the Indiana Fever for their 2012 WNBA championship and Fever coach Lin Dunn thanking Obama for his work to empower women (via White House).

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Highlights of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals

Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in "phantom" form.

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Can the Fever repeat as WNBA champions in 2013?

The Indiana Fever won't even have their victory parade until noon today, but one reporter is already wondering about a repeat.

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Fever, Lynx both front page news after WNBA Finals

After winning their first-ever WNBA title and bringing Indianapolis its first professional basketball championship since the Indiana Pacers' ABA years, we should not expect anything less than the Indiana Fever making the front page of their local newspaper, the Indianapolis Star.

But it feels like a small step forward to see the runner-up get the same type of attention; it's great that the Minneapolis Star Tribune considered the Minnesota Lynx's loss to the Fever in four games in the 2012 WNBA Finals as front page news.

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And to think, they got front page billing on the morning after the local NFL team won a game on the same day.

S/O to resident Lynx fan Shannon Cotterel for letting us know about this one.

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Twitter reactions to the Fever's 2012 WNBA title

I'll have my final breakdown of the WNBA season up later today, but for now a brief roundup of a few reactions from Twitter congratulating the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings, and coach Lin Dunn on winning the 2012 WNBA Finals.

For more on the 2012 WNBA Finals, check out our full storystream with the sidebar on the right side of this page.

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The Indiana Fever's unexpected path to a title

It's probably fair to say that nobody expected the Indiana Fever to deny the Minnesota Lynx a second consecutive title. Not only did they accomplish the feat, but they did so in convincing fashion: winning the series 3-1 with an impressive 87-78 win in Indianapolis.

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Video: WNBA Plays of the Week, Finals edition

The WNBA's most recent Top 10 Plays of the Week from 10/12-10/19, essentially serving as a summary of the 2012 WNBA Finals.

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Indiana's one game away from title with Game 3 win

At one point in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, the Indiana Fever were up 70-33 on the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the third quarter.

And it's really hard to put exactly what happened tonight in Indianapolis into words. What we do know is this: with the win, the Fever take a 2-1 lead over the Lynx and can win a franchise-first WNBA title with a win in Game 4, also in Indianapolis.

Even those who believed the Fever would win probably did not expect things to go quite the way they have: winning Game 1 on the road and then blowing out the Lynx at home.

Very, very impressive display of basketball from the Fever thus far.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and post-game analysis in the comments while we figure out how to wrap our heads around this outcome.

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Lynx use record-setting rebounding to win Game Two

After yet another slow start, the Minnesota Lynx got back to their strengths with a record-setting rebounding effort to defeat the visiting Indiana Fever in Game Two of the 2012 WNBA Finals.

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Video: Cheryl Reeve's tech that changed Game Two

During the Minnesota Lynx's 83-71 win over the Indiana Fever in Game Two of the WNBA Finals, coach Cheryl Reeve drew a technical late in the third quarter that changed the course of the game.

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Augustus, Moore combine for 50 points, tie series

Well, it should have been pretty clear that the Minnesota Lynx were not going to play as poorly as they did in Game One again and Seimone Augustus came up huge in the second half tonight to make sure that her team would even the series at one game apiece.

After struggling to hit shots she normally makes in the first half, Augustus caught fire in the second half and finished with 27 points on the night that she received her first-ever All-WNBA First Team award. And when Augustus gets in the zone, she's almost entirely unguardable as she has the ability to elevate and hit contested jumpers over defenders.

As stated earlier today, this was about a combination of the Lynx getting back to what got them here, the home crowd providing an added emotional boost, and of course Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve drawing a motivational technical foul and tossing her jacket off on the sidelines.

The Indiana Fever were still playing without star guard Katie Douglas who mentioned during a halftime interview that she's responding to treatment but could not offer a timeline for her return to action. Meanwhile, forward Tamika Catchings continued to play MVP-caliber basketball throughout the game, though it was her turn to falter in the final period.

Game 3 will take place on Friday in Indianapolis at 8 p.m. EDT.

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Lynx not worried about changing things in Game Two

After spending a couple of days looking at how the Indiana Fever won Game One of the 2012 WNBA Finals, today we look at the defending champion Minnesota Lynx who will try to even the series at one apiece before heading to Indianapolis for Games Three & Four.

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Why is Indiana able to win without Katie Douglas?

Injured Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas remains doubtful for Game Two of the 2012 WNBA Finals after missing Game One after going down early in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. But how is it that the Fever have been able to win consecutive games on the road against two of the best teams in the league without one of their star players? There are a few plausible theories - some of which have already been discussed - but we might be able to narrow it down to a couple. For more on the WNBA Finals, check out the storystream menu bar to the right.

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Just how good was Erlana Larkins in Game One?

Indiana Fever forward Erlana Larkins tied the record for second-most rebounds in a WNBA Finals game in a surprising Game One win against the Minnesota Lynx. However, it's another rebounding record that she tied, which was even more significant to the Fever stealing home court advantage from the defending champion Lynx.

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Fever steal Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in Minnesota

Given that the Indiana Fever got to the 2012 WNBA Finals by beating the Connecticut Sun in Connecticut without Katie Douglas, it was impossible to count them out against the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.

But still, how many people imagined the Fever stealing Game One against the Lynx in Minneapolis?

We'll go through a full analysis later, but the big story here is that with the win the Fever have stolen home court advantage from the Lynx without Douglas. We already discussed the possibility of the Ewing Theory at work for the Fever in our game thread, but regardless of how you attempt to explain what happened tonight (or in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals) this is a pretty remarkable development for the Fever.

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WNBA open thread: The WNBA Finals begin

We now are hitting the championship round between the best of the Eastern and Western Conferences, the Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx respectively. Game is on at 8 PM EDT on ESPN 2. Will the Lynx win their second championship in the last couple years? Or will Tamika Catchings finally get that elusive championship? We won't find out tonight, but we will find out what these two teams are made of over the course of this series.

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WNBA Finals preview: Three keys to watch for

The Minnesota Lynx enter the 2012 WNBA Finals trying to become the third team in WNBA history to win back-to-back championships. In their way is the Indiana Fever, a franchise that is trying to win their first WNBA title after taking part in one of the most competitive Finals series in WNBA history in 2009. Having already looked back at the paths that both the Fever (click here) and the Lynx (click here) took to the WNBA Finals, we now look at the matchup itself. For more on the WNBA Finals, visit our storystream by using the menu to the right.

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WNBA Finals Schedule: Minnesota vs. Indiana

The nationally-televised WNBA Finals best-of-five is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 14.

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How did the Indiana Fever make the WNBA Finals?

The Indiana Fever have advanced to the 2012 WNBA Finals after escaping a pair of a three-game series in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, despite making a change to their starting lineup and losing star guard Katie Douglas in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. How did they do it?

For more on the WNBA Finals, check out the storystream with the menu bar to the right.

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How the Minnesota Lynx survived the West

The Minnesota Lynx' path to the 2012 WNBA Finals hasn't been without a couple of close calls: they were a Lauren Jackson jumper away from being knocked out in the first round.

But the very fact that they've been able to survive the best shots that their Western Conference opponents could muster says quite a bit about this team statistically.

For more on the WNBA Finals, check out the storystream with the menu bar to the right.

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