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2013 Indiana Fever Season: Can this team repeat another championship run in 2013?

The Indiana Fever will defend its 2012 league championship and look to make another run for it again in 2013.

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The incomparable Tamika Catchings

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings is using her voice to raise awareness for diabetes. She also chats about injuries, perseverance and Pat Summitt.

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Chicago 71, Indiana 61

The Chicago Sky (5-3) got back on the winning column by defeating the Indiana Fever (1-6) 71-61 on the road.

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DC 64, Indy 60

The Washington Mystics went on a 21-13 fourth quarter run to help them get to a 4-1 start and defeat an injury-hobbled Indiana Fever team 64-60.

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For Fever it's 'back to business' on Sunday

The Indiana Fever are facing an uphill battle in their attempt to repeat in the East, let alone the WNBA. This is in part because the East's worst teams from a year ago, including their next opponent in the Washington Mystics, seem to be new and improved.

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Montgomery spins, Liberty win

Just the Facts, Ma'am: Indiana started strong, but New York finished stronger, outscoring Indiana 14-8 in the overtime to take a 75-68 win. The Fever's Tamika Catchings led all players with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Shavonte Zellous had 15 before fouling out in the extra period, while Briann January had 13 points and a game-high five assists. Essence Carson led New York with 21 points. Cappie Pondexter had 17, 11 in the fourth quarter and overtime; Alex Montgomery added 6 of her 13 overtime.

For screens, thundersticks, the Katie who walks alone, floor care, relief, stupidity, physicality, and cardiac issues, join your intrepid and salty blogger after the jump.

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Fever 79, Stars 64

The game started out with a 10-0 run by the Stars, but after that it was basically all Fever all the time as Indiana came out with a solid victory.

For Indy, Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous had 19 points each, Katie Douglas had 18 points and four dimes, and Erlana Larkins grabbed 12 boards and had 3 assists in addition to 8 points. For San Antonio, Shenise Johnson led the Stars wtih 14 points off the bench.

If you were wondering about how many threes were taken today given that the new near NBA length three is in use now, there were a good number. Indy made 5 of 16 shots, and San Antonio made 5-19 shots so the percentage was a bit low for them especially. Still, it's good to see that in the first regular season game for these teams, they weren't hesitating to take the shots at all which was a concern with some people in regards to the new line being used.

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How much will continuity help the Fever?

A statistical preview of the Indiana Fever based on the season preview framework described in our primer the other day.

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Round 3, Pick 9: Indiana selects Jennifer George

The Indiana Fever selected Jennifer George of the Florida Gators with the 33rd pick in the draft.

She's most noteworthy because she can defend: she was on the 2013 SEC All-Defensive team.

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Round 2, Pick 9: Indiana selects Jasmine Hassell

Wows: She is a powerful scorer on the low block and one of the more efficient scorers in the post in this draft.

Wonders: For a player that made her name as a power player there might be a bit more of an adjustment than some of the others selected with better rebounding numbers. So how expansive is her game?

Worries: She had a very low personal foul efficiency which has doomed post players in the past, but moreso centers than power forwards.

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Round 1, Pick 9: Indiana selects Layshia Clarendon

Wows: She is an outstanding mid-range shooter. It's not just a good mid-range J - it's almost automatic. That she can score at the rate she does without turning the ball over is huge.

Wonders: Size, maybe? Can she develop a three point shot? How quickly can the Fever add sets that cater to her skills?

Worries: Clarendon is billed as a combo guard but struggled when she had to play point guard early in her college career. At 5'9", could that be a limitation?

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Does the Fever have what it takes to repeat?

The 2012 Indiana Fever, led by forward Tamika Catchings and guard Katie Douglas helped lead the team to a 22-12 regular season record, good enough for the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. From that time on, the Fever would go on a remarkable run, and despite injuries to Douglas and reserve guard Jeanette Pohlen along the way, they went on to win the 2012 Finals against the Minnesota Lynx, three games to one. For 2013, the Fever will try to win it all again. Can they do this without the perceived star power that some Western Conference teams have?

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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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