What can the Indiana/New York weekend home-and-home tell us?

June 11, 2011 12:53pm

Prior to the start of the 2011 WNBA season, Indiana was considered a strong challenger for the Eastern Conference Finals crown while New York was considered a first-round playoff team. After two games, New York sits atop the Eastern Conference while Indiana checks in at 0.500. A win for New York would solidify their position as the first place team in the East while a win for Indiana would tie them with New York for first place in the East. But what else could this mini-series tell us about each team?

For New York, a win tonight would give them three wins over the favorites to play in the Eastern Conference finals (Atlanta and Indiana twice). Furthermore, it would strongly support the line-up changes made by John Whisenant prior to the season (putting Cappie Pondexter at the PG position and moving Essence Carson into the starting lihe-up).

For Indiana, a win against New York would give them an important season series split and an opportunity to immediately redeem themselves. Because the previous game’s end result was close (81-80) despite New York holding double-digit leads during the second half of the game, tonight’s game would give the Fever a better sense of where they are at this point in the season (for rotation purposes).

Tonight’s game is at 7pm EST at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

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