The starting lineups were just handed out and there are no surprises. Sun forward Asjha Jones – new braids and all – is warming up on the court at the moment and is starting, as expected, along with Lindsay Whalen, Katie Douglas, Nykesha Sales and Margo Dydek.
Tamika Catchings is also starting again, as the Fever’s lineup didn’t change from last game. Tully Bevilaqua and Tan White are in the backcourt and Anna DeForge (fresh off her 31-point performance Thursday) and Tammy Sutton-Brown round out the frontcourt.
Keep an eye on Douglas, especially, tonight. The Indianapolis native usually plays big in her hometown and she is due. She hasn’t really found her stroke since shooting just 3-of-9 against Sacramento way back on Aug. 7, and her struggles seemed to reach a new low Thursday when she shot 4-of-21 (that’s 19 percent from the floor).
Douglas is too good of a player to stay cold, especially at the most important time of the year. She usually plays her best, however, when the Sun absolutely need her to. That’s probably why she should make the All-WNBA First Team again this year. Don’t be surprised if the Fever come out firing, the Sun fall behind early and its Douglas who sparks a run to get them back into it.
Tip-off is in about 24 minutes.