Detroit pulls it together for a Game 2 76-73 win over New York after a 73-51 Game 1 defeat in New York.
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By the Numbers, August 28, 2007

Writer, lecturer and former sports columnist Gregg Easterbrook once said, "Torture numbers and they'll confess to anything." Numbers can be manipulated to portray any desired image or idea. In sports, it's not about what the stat sheets say but how they are packaged and presented to a particular audience. Here are the numbers you can use to formulate arguments and make predictions in the 2007 WNBA Playoffs.

0 - The number of points scored by All-Decade player Katie Smith in Game 1 of the Shock's first-round playoff series against New York. Smith played nearly 24 minutes and Detroit lost 73-51.

1 - Sacramento and San Antonio were tied just once throughout the Silver Stars' 86-61 Game 2 win over the Monarchs on Saturday.

3 - The number of times Connecticut and Indiana went into overtime in Connecticut's Game 1 93-88 win over Indiana.

7:00 - The time (EDT) at which New York is scheduled to face Detroit tonight in their decisive Game 3.

9 - The amount of players who scored in double digits in Game 1 of the Sacramento-San Antonio series. The Monarchs triumphed in Game 1 on their home court 86-65.

10 - Cappie Pondexter hit all 10 of her free throws in the Mercury's Game 2 95-89 win. Phoenix swept the series and will compete in the Western Conference Finals.

11 - The total number of games to be played in the first round of the WNBA 2007 Playoffs after tonight's Game 3 between New York and Detroit.

15 - The three-point field goal percentage for Connecticut in the Sun's Game 2 loss to the Indiana Fever.

18 - The number of turnovers the Storm suffered in their Game 1 101-84 loss to the Mercury.

19- The number of fast-break points Indiana had in its Game 2 78-59 win over Connecticut.

22 - The difference in points scored in New York's 73-51 Game 1 win against Detroit at Madison Square Garden Friday night.

26:33 - The number of minutes Cheryl Ford played in Detroit's 76-73 Game 2 win. In only her second game back, she had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

31 - The number of points scored by Anna DeForge in Indiana's Game 1 triple-overtime loss to Connecticut.

9,896 - The amount of people who witnessed Detroit's victory over New York in Game 2.