The last Indiana Fever home game was held on Patriot Day, and it was a somber mood in the Conseco Fieldhouse. We had been watching football all day and the NFL salutes, listening to all the "10 years later" news retrospectives, and hearing all the remembrances.
The WNBA didn't do anything differently. They were respectful of the day, and aware of the fact that this was the last regular season home game. Tonight was about showing fans how much they appreciated us, and for everyone to show our military personnel how much we appreciated them.
I only wish the Fever could have capped it off with a victory to make the evening complete.
But even with an 88 - 93 loss, it didn't matter. The Fever clinched the number one spot Eastern division. They were going to the playoffs with home court advantage. But a loss tonight meant we would be playing the Liberty, a win meant we would turn around and face the Dream again. Personally, I was hoping for a Liberty playoff series, because we seem to have better luck against them than the Dream.
I wonder if the Fever were thinking the same thing, because some of the non-starters got some valuable playing time. Shannon Bobbit was a starter tonight, and she was scrapping and running and fighting for every ball, every pass. She tangled with Coco Miller, Kelly Miller's sister (Washington Mystics), and had all the tenacity of another diminutive former Fever player, Tully Bevilaqua.
With the loss, the Fever have a best-of-3 series against the Liberty starting on Thursday. The winner of this series will face the winner of Atlanta-Connecticut.
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