Coach Bill Laimbeer, Detroit Shock
Q: Can you talk about the ups and
downs you have had over the series.
Laimbeer: A couple blowouts
here or there. It's one of those series where one team gets the upper hand and
puts the pedal down and makes a move and wins a game easily. They are all hard
fought games. It's just a matter of being able to execute and getting the rebounds.
Q: Does this series come down to who is mentally tougher?
Yes, it always comes down to mental toughness, will, desire and who wants
it more. We know each other. They know us and we know them. There are no secrets
and there is nothing new.
Q: Is playing in the Joe Lewis Arena going
to affect the outcome for either team?
Laimbeer: No, I don't think
so. It's our floor, it's our fans, it's our chairs. It won't make any difference
[to us]. All I know is that there are going to be 19,000 people here screaming
and yelling for us.
Q: Do you think the arena will sell out?
I think it will be full.
Katie Smith, Detroit Shock
What has this finals experience been like for you?
Smith: This is
fun. It's been hectic. It's been great basketball. It's been a little draining,
but it's fun to be here. When you start playing in the WNBA this is where you
want to be. You want to be in the WNBA championship. We are in Game 5 and basically,
you have one game and that's it; either you are the champs or you're not. It's
been fun. Obviously it has its ups and downs and there are more demands on you
than in the regular season. You weed things out and you go out there and play.
If you do win the championship who will be the first person you seek out and give
a big hug to?
Smith: Teammates for sure and my family will be here.
I'll give Bill [Laimbeer] a little love for getting me here and Kristin Bernert,
who works for the league now. There are some folks that definitely deserve hugs
for all the good things.
Q: When do you leave for Brazil?
We head out Monday.
Swin Cash, Detroit Shock
would it feel to win one on your home court?
Cash: It would make
a season with its ups and downs all worth it.
Q: How strange will it
be to be playing in the Joe Lewis Arena instead of The Palace?
I'm not going to lie to you, it's going to be different. It's all about familiarity
and obviously in basketball you can play where ever the court is. People really
don't recognize how it is to be familiar and comfortable with where you run in
at and you know every tiny little step, you know where the season ticket holders
sit, you know who's screaming for you. It's a lot of different intangible things
people don't really understand when you move a venue that I hope don't come into
play. I don't think they will come into play, but it makes it a little bit uncomfortable.
What is the psychology of the team heading into tomorrow night?
Do or die. My whole thinking is that it's like the NCAA tournament; one and
done. I think we've worked really hard to get to this point.