I wish I had more to say about the first game. Should be a good one? Yeah, I'm not sure about that. If Katie D is a healthy beast then there really should be no stopping the Fever. Of course, if I were a Fever fan I would be damn worried about how inconsistently my team has been playing.
Now it's time to get it on and see what this Mercury team really has under the hood. I can tell you without a doubt that they've been holding back over the pas few weeks. Expect to see more coherent rotations, a quicker hook for players who's shots aren't falling and some nifty new sets that we've only seen a couple of times in the regular season. Coach Gaines has over 70 plays in his book and he's not been using more then the basic stuff of late.
Defensively, I have no idea beyond what Bridget talked about the other day. Less helping off the Stars front line and perhaps a mix of defenders on Becky to keep her off balance?
And of course the best defense is a good offense! At least that's what they teach in the Phoenix area schools.
Latin D will be running a Black and Silver themed game thread over at Pounding the Rock and Cheryl from Hoop Feed will be covering the game live. Be sure to check in with them throughout the evening. I'll be back with a recap later tonight.
Have fun and join in!