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Cnotes WNBA Finals Indiana & Minnesota !

Lynx and Fever go to decisive Game 5
October 12, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It's only fitting these WNBA Finals are going the distance.

''It's absolutely been a great series,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''Four really, really hard fought games. Why not go to a Game 5? It's been that good of a series. It's one of those things that people like to see.

''I think it's good for the game. Good to have eyes on our product right now because there's a lot of great things to watch and a lot of great people out there putting it all out there.''

This is the first time since 2009 the league's championship has gone the full length. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Minneapolis, where the Fever won Game 1.

''It gives us confidence knowing that we've been able to win on the road all season long,'' Indiana coach Stephanie White said. ''We're happy to be playing another day.''

Indiana won 75-69 Sunday night in Game 4. As they've done all postseason, the Fever found a way to stave off elimination. Indiana is 5-0 in the playoffs this season in elimination games. Starting with their run to the franchise's lone title in 2012, the Fever are 9-2 in elimination games.

The only other series to make it to a fifth game since the WNBA started playing best-of-five in 2005 were in 2006 and 2007. History may be on Indiana's side. The team that won the championship in all three of those series lost Game 3.

Maya Moore, who hit a buzzer-beating shot for the Lynx in Game 3, can appreciate what this series has meant.

''It's been a fun one to watch,'' she said. ''Especially the last few games have been very fun from a fan's standpoint. Lots of great things happening, players making plays. If I was to say where do I want to finish my season, it would be at the Target Center.''

Now the Lynx return home with a chance to win their third title in five years. Only the Houston Comets won more in a similar stretch when they took the first four WNBA championships. The Lynx won their previous two titles on the road, in Atlanta in 2011 and 2013. They'll have a chance to win one in front of their home fans.

''Great opportunity for us and our fans who have been with us all season,'' Moore said. ''That's the beauty of it. Be ourselves at homes. We have a really good chance if we do that.''

Tamika Catchings has been a huge reason for the Fever's postseason run, seemingly willing them to victories.

''This was a great series for the WNBA, great for women's basketball,'' Catchings said. ''It's great it's on TV and so many people are locked into this that have never seen a WNBA game. Never been interested in women's basketball. Basketball is basketball. You can't deny there's great competition on both sides.

''Great plays on both sides of the ball. It's only fitting that we go to Game 5. We'll go to Minnesota and the place will be loud. That's what you play for.''

While the Lynx flew home as a team on Monday morning, the Fever had piecemeal flights to Minnesota.

''Finding so many flights at the last minute is always a challenge, but a good one to have worry about because it means we're still playing,'' White said while going through security at the Indianapolis airport. ''We had a few flying early in the afternoon, a few others flying later in the day.''

Catchings announced before the season she will retire after the 2016 season. She has spent her whole career in Indiana, getting to the title series three times. She was on the team that lost to Phoenix in Game 5 in 2009.

''We've been very blessed as an organization to be able to make the playoffs 11 years straight,'' she said. ''But making it to the finals, out of 11 years, we've only been there three times. So this doesn't happen every single year, and every game you have to take advantage of your next opportunity.''

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It's only fitting these WNBA Finals are going the distance.

''It's absolutely been a great series,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''Four really, really hard fought games. Why not go to a Game 5? It's been that good of a series. It's one of those things that people like to see.

''I think it's good for the game. Good to have eyes on our product right now because there's a lot of great things to watch and a lot of great people out there putting it all out there.''

This is the first time since 2009 the league's championship has gone the full length. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Minneapolis, where the Fever won Game 1.

''It gives us confidence knowing that we've been able to win on the road all season long,'' Indiana coach Stephanie White said. ''We're happy to be playing another day.''

Indiana won 75-69 Sunday night in Game 4. As they've done all postseason, the Fever found a way to stave off elimination. Indiana is 5-0 in the playoffs this season in elimination games. Starting with their run to the franchise's lone title in 2012, the Fever are 9-2 in elimination games.

The only other series to make it to a fifth game since the WNBA started playing best-of-five in 2005 were in 2006 and 2007. History may be on Indiana's side. The team that won the championship in all three of those series lost Game 3.

Maya Moore, who hit a buzzer-beating shot for the Lynx in Game 3, can appreciate what this series has meant.

''It's been a fun one to watch,'' she said. ''Especially the last few games have been very fun from a fan's standpoint. Lots of great things happening, players making plays. If I was to say where do I want to finish my season, it would be at the Target Center.''

Now the Lynx return home with a chance to win their third title in five years. Only the Houston Comets won more in a similar stretch when they took the first four WNBA championships. The Lynx won their previous two titles on the road, in Atlanta in 2011 and 2013. They'll have a chance to win one in front of their home fans.

''Great opportunity for us and our fans who have been with us all season,'' Moore said. ''That's the beauty of it. Be ourselves at homes. We have a really good chance if we do that.''

Tamika Catchings has been a huge reason for the Fever's postseason run, seemingly willing them to victories.

''This was a great series for the WNBA, great for women's basketball,'' Catchings said. ''It's great it's on TV and so many people are locked into this that have never seen a WNBA game. Never been interested in women's basketball. Basketball is basketball. You can't deny there's great competition on both sides.

''Great plays on both sides of the ball. It's only fitting that we go to Game 5. We'll go to Minnesota and the place will be loud. That's what you play for.''

While the Lynx flew home as a team on Monday morning, the Fever had piecemeal flights to Minnesota.

''Finding so many flights at the last minute is always a challenge, but a good one to have worry about because it means we're still playing,'' White said while going through security at the Indianapolis airport. ''We had a few flying early in the afternoon, a few others flying later in the day.''

Catchings announced before the season she will retire after the 2016 season. She has spent her whole career in Indiana, getting to the title series three times. She was on the team that lost to Phoenix in Game 5 in 2009.

''We've been very blessed as an organization to be able to make the playoffs 11 years straight,'' she said. ''But making it to the finals, out of 11 years, we've only been there three times. So this doesn't happen every single year, and every game you have to take advantage of your next opportunity.''
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Game 1
IND @ MIN
IND 75, MIN 69
IND Leads 1-0

Game 2
IND @ MIN
MIN 77, IND 71
Series Tied 1-1

Game 3
MIN @ IND
MIN 80, IND 77
MIN Leads 2-1

Game 4
MIN @ IND
IND 75, MIN 69
Series Tied 2-2

Game 5
IND @ MIN
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Lynx, Fever set for Finals-deciding Game 5
October 13, 2015


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Before the Indiana Fever embarked on their 11th consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs, veteran star Tamika Catchings handed out a journal to every one of her teammates.

The message was simple: For as routine as these trips have come for the Fever, it was so important to soak up the opportunities because you never know when they will present themselves again. The journals were for the players to document their journey.

The 36-year-old Catchings announced long ago that she only has one more season left in her brilliant career, so that sense of urgency for her has never been greater as the Fever enter the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night.

''You never know,'' Catchings said Tuesday, two days after the Fever sent the series back to Minnesota with a win in Game 4. ''I said that I'm going to come back next year and would love the opportunity to play. But we still have a long time before next year comes. So you never know what will happen in the offseason. So you really do take advantage of every single opportunity.''

Lindsey Whalen can relate. The Lynx point guard doesn't appear to be ready to say when her own accomplished career will come to an end, but the 33-year-old star has been slowed by leg injuries this season and has seen coach Cheryl Reeve give the younger, quicker guards Anna Cruz and Renee Montgomery more and more playing time, especially late in games.

''I think you start to appreciate it more,'' Whalen said. ''You know what it is as an athlete. Whatever opportunity you have this season, you want it that much more because you don't know. We all want to play as long as we can. But myself, as well as Catchings, we realize we're a part of a special group and have to take advantage of the opportunity.''

It's the first time the WNBA Finals have gone to a deciding Game 5 since 2009, when Catchings and the Fever lost to the Phoenix Mercury.

This series has been tense from the start, with both teams playing physical defense, both coaches trading heated remarks toward the officials and stars on both sides coming up huge in big moments, including Maya Moore's buzzer beater at the end of Game 3 that helped the Lynx beat the Fever.

Whalen and Catchings have playoff history dating back a decade now. It started when Whalen played with the Connecticut Sun earlier in her career. The Sun beat the Fever 2-0 in the 2005 Eastern Conference finals and lost 2-1 in the 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals.

Catchings also led the Fever to a win over Whalen's Lynx in the 2012 WNBA Finals, a victory that dethroned the defending champions and gave Indiana its first championship.

''It's been fun, but the (most fun) thing for me has been playing with her,'' Catchings said, referring to their time together with Team USA. ''She's just such a great person. That's something you learn when you go up against people you learn to love on the court. It's tough when you're competing against them, but it's kind of fun because you have that little bit of rivalry.''

As a former University of Minnesota star who helped put the program on the map with a Final Four run and a fiery personality who helped deliver two WNBA titles to Minnesota, Whalen is one of the most popular athletes in the Twin Cities. But Reeve has routinely gone to Cruz and Montgomery in the backcourt down the stretch in this series against Indiana star guard Briann January.

Whalen came alive in Game 4, scoring 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the defeat. On a team with fellow veterans Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson that, along with Moore, form a core that has been to the finals four times in the last five years, there is a sense hanging over the Lynx that they have reached the apex.

''Nothing is guaranteed. We've kind of made the climb,'' Reeve said. ''We know we're not still on the rise. We know we're on the top. We've gone through all this together. I think there's a heightened awareness that we have a really nice opportunity in front of us and we have to play great.''

Catchings passed the torch to the younger January in Indiana a while ago. She also handed out journals to the team during their 2012 championship run and is hoping for a similar ending for this book.

''I'm still reading that journal from 2012,'' Catchings said with a smile, ''and kind of reliving that moment.''
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Indiana - 8:00 PM ET Indiana +5 500 SLAM DUNK

Minnesota - Over 146 500 SLAM DUNK
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Dunkel

Wednesday, October 14


Indiana @ Minnesota

Game 609-610
October 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Indiana
113.409
Minnesota
120.522
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Minnesota
134
by 7
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Minnesota
by 5
146
Dunkel Pick:
Minnesota
(-5); Under




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Long Sheet

Wednesday, October 14

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INDIANA (26 - 18) at MINNESOTA (28 - 15) - 10/14/2015, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 6-4 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 8-2 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WNBA

Wednesday, October 14

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
INDIANA vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Indiana's last 14 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Indiana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
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