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WNBA Playoffs 2012

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Indiana Fever win the 2012 WNBA Finals 3-1 vs Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx enter the 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.

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Lin Dunn introduces the Indianapolis Fever at a WNBA championship celebration, including Karima...

Lin Dunn introduces the Indianapolis Fever at a WNBA championship celebration, including Karima "Off the Bench" Christmas, "Hot Hands" Zellous, "What Would We Do Without Her" Erin Phillips, "Get Out of My Way" Larkins, and Tamika "I Do It All" Catchings. She also describes what Indiana did to Atlanta, Connecticut, and Minnosota on the boards. (Hint: it rhymes with "kicked their glass.")

Highlights of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals

One of the first things that stood out throughout the series and in this video: the Indiana Fever were quite adept at beating the Minnesota Lynx off the dribble.

Can the Fever repeat as WNBA champions in 2013?

It was a team effort for the Indiana Fever to win the 2012 WNBA title, but can they repeat as champions if they return their core group of players?

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.

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.

WNBA open thread: Fever win first title in Game 4

The Eastern Conference takes home the hardware for the first time since 2008. This thread also shows the madness during last night's season finale.

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.

Friday WNBA Finals open thread: Game 3 on ESPN2

How will the Fever respond to Cheryl Reeve after she unleashed the fury and showed her nasty? Find out tonight!

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.

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.

WNBA Finals open thread: Lynx try to even score

Will the Lynx be cured of the Fever they caught last Sunday? They did get three days of rest to get the temperature down, so here's to hoping for a more spirited performance from Minnesota in tonight's game.

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

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 due to an ankle injury suffered in the Eastern Conference Finals. But how have the Fever won without their star shooter?

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.

WNBA open thread: The WNBA Finals begin

Will Minnesota or Indiana draw first blood?

WNBA Finals preview: Three keys to watch for

Although the Indiana Fever were swept by the Minnesota Lynx during the regular season, they played close enough to believe that the 2012 WNBA Finals could be more competitive than the standard narrative might suggest.

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. So how did they do it?

Notes on the Fever's win to advance to the Finals

Unfortunately, I had to watch another conference finals game on DVR and was actually eager to see how on earth the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun in such dominant fashion after I heard that Katie Douglas left the game on a stretcher.

WNBA open thread: Eastern Conference Finals Game 3

Will the experience of Catchings and Douglas prevail, or reigning MVP Tina Charles, Sixth Woman Renee Montgomery, and the "Real" MIP, Kara Lawson see their team in the Finals?

How the Minnesota Lynx survived the West

The very fact that the Minnesota Lynx have been able to survive the best shots that their Western Conference opponents could muster says quite a bit about this team statistically.

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Indiana, Minnesota set to begin WNBA Finals

The Minnesota Lynx are heading back to the WNBA Finals after another win that came down to getting a defensive stop on the last possession. The Indiana Fever will join them, making their second Finals appearance in the last four years.

WNBA open thread: Can the Fever avoid elimination?

Can Katie Douglas get more offensive support at home from her teammates? Doing so may extend this series to three games.

Notes on Minnesota's win over L.A. in WCF Game 2

The following are my running notes of the game as I watched the DVR recording. I also had two "spoilers" in my email inbox when I got home that primed to me to watch a couple of things, but I'll get to those at the end.

WNBA open thread: Can the Sparks stay alive?

Find out in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, but the Sparks won't win if Kristi Toliver looks surprised at the sight of Maya Moore shooting the basketball!

Sun beat Fever behind Charles' resurgence

18 points and 15 rebounds from Tina Charles powered Connecticut to a 76-62 Game 2 win over Indiana. Katie Douglas led the Fever with 27 points. For freebies, things that rock, large shoulder chips, and more, join your intrepid blogger.

Friday WNBA Open Thread: Eastern Conf Finals Begin

Can the Sun return to its first Finals since 2005 when Lindsay Whalen was running the show? Or can the Fever get to its first Finals since 2009?

2012 WNBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview

The Connecticut Sun and Indiana Fever meet in the 2012 WNBA Eastern Conference Finals after the Sun won the regular season series 3-1. In a battle of the last two league MVPs, the thing to watch might be what their supporting cast members can do.

WNBA open thread: Western Conf. Finals begin today

With the #1 picks of the 2011 and 2012 Drafts facing off against each other, which team will end up victorious for this game and this series?

2012 WNBA Western Conference Finals Preview

The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx meet in the Western Conference Finals after splitting their regular season series (2-2). For the second series in a row for the Lynx, point guard play figures to be a significant determining factor in the ser

2012 WNBA conference finals schedule

The WNBA conference finals schedule is set as the Minnesota Lynx, LA Sparks, Connecticut Sun and Indiana Fever made it through the semis, and some by the skin of their teeth.

2012 WNBA Playoffs: 3 keys for the Storm in Game 3

Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm was the kind of classic basketball masterpiece that you hope for in the playoffs and takes a while to fully digest. But can the Storm finish the job in Game Thre