At the end of the day, either the Mystics will be tied with Indy in their first-round playoff series, or the Mystics' hopes for advancing will have died and Washington's 2009 season will be over.
The BasketCases have had so much fun watching the Mystics this season that it's depressing even to contemplate the fact that it could all end tonight. But with the loss to Indy on Thursday in the first game of their best-of-three playoff series, it will all end tonight, unless the Mystics win to tie the series and force the rubber match on Monday.
As they demonstrated
as recently as Thursday, the Fever are a formidable
team, with a nearly unstoppable one-two punch of superstars Tamika Catchings
and Katie Douglas
and an excellent supporting cast. But they aren't
Other teams have found a way to do it, and the Mystics nearly did it just two days ago. If Washington can maintain their focus and intensity for the full 40 minutes, they can pull off the upset. The BasketCases still believe it's possible, and we'll be watching and cheering loudly (in our basement) for the Mystics to get the job done tonight!
[P.S. L'shana Tovah to all! Here's hoping the New Year ushers in a new -- and happy -- day for the Mystics!]
Game 2 . . . Tie or Die, Go Mystics, Beat the Fever!
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Tonight's game, being played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indy, tips off at 7 PM ET, and will be broadcast on NBA TV. If you don't have NBA TV, it might not be too late to call your cable or satellite TV provider right now and add this network to your subscription today!! Worth a try! (According to one message board poster yesterday, Comcast not only gave the poster same-day activation of NBA TV, but also a free, six-month trial of the network.) The WNBA's web site lists tonight's game on the Live Access menu, but Live Access has not always worked for everyone as promised. If you don't have NBA TV or can't get it or don't want to add it, you might want to think about rounding up some friends and trekking to a friendly sports bar for the evening.