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Writers Roundtable: Keys to a Strong Finish?

As the season winds down, the importance of every single game grows with playoff seeding on the line. We asked some of the Fever Contributors for their keys for a strong finish to the Fever’s season.

Let us know your keys to late season success in the comments.

Rebecca Rider: “The team has to stay focused. They have two games against a Connecticut team that’s mathematically eliminated, and one against a New York team that will likely be out by the time they meet on September 13th. Lin Dunn has to walk the fine line between keeping her rotation players sharp and getting her banged-up starters some rest by giving the reserves extra run, and still take these games seriously enough to jockey for playoff position.”

Drew Nagel: “As the Indiana Fever head into the final three weeks of the season, a key to getting back into the playoffs, and defending their 2012 WNBA title, could lie with #1 draft pick, Layshia Clarendon. Clarendon is getting more minutes on the court. As a point guard, she can ignite the Fever on both ends of the court with her high energy and confident play.”

Jason Strine: “In order for the Fever to finish the season on a high note and attempt to sneak into the playoffs with a high seed, they must rely heavily on their big three over the final six games. Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous must provide scoring while receiving rebounding and defense from Eriana Larkins. If that happens, wins will follow.”

Paul Guarino: “The keys for the Indiana Fever to have a strong finish are Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous averaging 17.9 ppg and 15.6 ppg respectively. They just have to be consistent as they been all season. Momentum is key towards the end of the season. With the veterans they have they should have no problem making a run in the playoffs having a chance to win back to back championships, which hasn’t happened since 2001-2002.”

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