Will pivotal Game 3 resemble football more than basketball?
- Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
- October 19, 2012 - 5:49 PM
Since Game 2 ended -- with a Lynx win that tied the WNBA Finals at 1-1 -- Lin Dunn of Indiana and Cheryl Reeve have taken shots at each other and the officials.
Both agreed the officiating was awful in Game 2, but not on much else.
Dunn took Reeve to the woodshed on her antics after two technicals were called on Lindsay Whalen and Reeve in the third quarter. Dunn said Reeve deserved another "T" and the game ejection that went with two technicals in one game.
She said Reeve was disrespectful to the game and the officials.
Reeve said she didn't care what Dunn thought of her or her players.
Now it's Game 3. Reeve expects a few more whistles, especially early, to calm everybody down. Dunn said Wednesday's game in Target Center was as physical a game as she has seen.
The Fever should get a little edge from the location of tonight's game, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, formerly called Conseco Fieldhouse. The key word there is little; the Lynx have won the last five times they have played in Indianapolis. Hard to explain that stat.
Indiana will be shorthanded again. Guard/forward Katie Douglas, call her a wing, is out again with a sprained left ankle. She will at the game in street clothes. Dunn is still hoping she will have Douglas, one of the league's top three-point shooters, available on Sunday.
And there will be a Game 4 because this is a best-of-five series. One team will be facing elimination, a plight the Fever have survived four times in these playoffs. Only one other team in WNBA history has won four elimination games en route to a title.
Also out for the Fever is guard Jeanette Pohlen. She suffered a left knee injury on Sunday. She is listed as day-to-day.
Dunn said after her team's shootout that the Fever got fatigued late in Wednesday's game and she needed to do a better job managing minutes.
* Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard has declared Oct. 27 as "Tamika Catchings Day." The Fever forward is seven-time WNBA all-star and a three-time gold-medal winner in the Summer Olympics. This season she was named to the all-WNBA first team and the chosen the league's defensive player of the year.
* Catchings scored 27 points for Indiana as did Seimone Augustus for the Lynx.
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