What Katie Douglas’ Ankle Rehab Means for the Fever
By Manny Randhawa
After tearing an ankle tendon in the opening minutes during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Fever star guard Katie Douglas missed the remainder of Indiana’s 2012 championship run and had surgery over the holidays to remove a bone chip from the ankle and repair the torn tendon.
The question for Douglas and the Fever now becomes: What’s next?
The timetable for Douglas’ rehab is six to eight weeks, which, if all goes well, puts her on track to return to her team well before the season’s opening tip-off in early summer.
If there are any complications with the injury that cause Douglas to have to miss any playing time, however, the Fever will need to have other key role players step up the way they did to finish off their 2012 run to the WNBA title without their second-highest scorer from last season (16.5 ppg).
In the 2012 playoffs it was Erin Phillips that came up big by increasing her scoring average from 6.1 points to 10.1 points per game from the regular season to the postseason, helping boost Indiana’s offense in Douglas’ absence. Other key contributors who raised their game to get the Fever to the finish line were Shavonte Zellous (increasing her scoring average from 7.5 to 10.6 ppg), Briann January (10.3 to 11.5 ppg), and the always reliable Tamika Catchings, who upped her already stellar regular season average of 17.4 ppg to 19.0 during the playoffs en route to her WNBA Finals MVP award.
Who will it be in 2013? Hopefully the Fever won’t have to answer that question and Katie Douglas will be back to her usual self for the 13th season of her distinguished WNBA career.
But one thing the Fever can be hopeful about is their ability to come through even without a key player in the lineup. Their impressive playoff run last season was emphatic proof of that.