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Thursday WNBA Open Thread: The Eastern Conference Championship Game Is Tonight at 8:30 PM EDT

In playoff games, often there is an unsung hero, a non-star player who steps up and makes a big shot to win a big game for his or her team. On Monday, we saw Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (pictured above - but no, that picture wasn't from Monday's game) do just that as she sunk a game winning shot with 0.5 seconds left in the game to lead the Fever to a 78-76 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Zellous only scored four points, including the game winner on that night. That leads us to tonight, where both teams will fight for the right to challenge the Minnesota Lynx in the Finals at 8:30 PM EDT. Winner Take All.

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Links | Photo Gallery from Fever's Perspective | A replay of the Zellous' game winner (no audio) | From ESPN: Erlana Larkins started this season as a job-seeker and is now trying to be a job-finisher | Okay this AP piece is from September 27 and we may have linked it at some point, but let's hope that Tamika doesn't end her pro career as "best player ever without a WNBA championship" | Katie Douglas made the All-Time/All-Decade Team for the Connecticut Sun - and yeah, she was an important contributor for their 2004 and 2005 Eastern Conferenece Championship teams

Zellous may have scored only four points and grabbed four rebounds, but the Fever's dynamic duo of Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas combined for a total of 45 points and Erlana Larkins nearly came up with a double double, scoring 9 and grabbing 11 boards, 6 on the offensive end. Not bad. For Connecticut, Kara Lawson, Tina Charles, and Ashja Jones scored in double figures.

After a couple really exciting games in the WNBA, both on Sunday between the Lynx and Sparks, as well as Monday with these two teams, here's to hoping that we have an even better finish to the Eastern Conference Finals, like what we saw between the Lynx and Storm in their 3rd game of the 1st round.

And if you have NBA TV and would rather see basketball over playoff baseball....

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks kick off their preseason schedule as they head on the road to the Verizon Center to face off against Nene and the Washington Wizards. Game is at 7:00 PM EDT. I'll be at Verizon Center for this game so my watching of this game may be limited to ESPN 3 only.

So that's the game.