"When I'm on the court is pretty much the only time I wear my shoe. Other than that, I'm still in the boot," says Catchings.
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Things said and heard around the WNBA this week
Notes and Quotes: Aug. 27-Sept. 2

"We made some big plays in crunch time. We are a hard-nosed basketball team who refuses to die."
Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer on the Shock's 71-70 Game 3 victory over the New York Liberty to clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals, to the Detroit News

"It hurts, but it's not like how it was when it first happened. I couldn't walk. When I'm on the court is pretty much the only time I wear my shoe. Other than that, I'm still in the boot."
Indiana's Tamika Catchings on the status of her foot injury that had her sidelined for 13 games, to USA TODAY

"She's definitely a big presence for them. She's physical, she's mean, she's nasty. She's great around the basket, and that's what that team needs from her."
Fever forward Tamika Catchings on the role of Detroit's Cheryl Ford, to the Associated Press

"I think it's about opportunity, and it's about aggression."
Indiana's Anna DeForge on averaging 25 points against the Connecticut Sun in the first round, to the Associated Press

"I can't tell you whether we lived up to our potential or not. I don't know. The league is getting better. We need to get better. If we have Erin Phillips and Gruda, we will be better athletically. You can probably make a case between free agency and whatever else happens in the offseason, there are going to be some changes. But right now, I don't know."
Connecticut's coach Mike Thibault on the team's performance in 2007 and looking ahead to the future after losing in the first round to the Fever, to the Hartford Courant

"Every game you learn something. Our defense slipped a little bit toward the end of the game, but that's why you play 40 minutes. It's not decided in the last 10 seconds, even though that's what everyone remembers."
Phoenix's Diana Taurasi on the Mercury's mistakes in the final seconds of their Game 1 102-100 victory over San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals, to the Arizona Republic

"In the first half, it seemed like we were kind of slow bringing the ball up, but we talked at halftime about attacking the basket. For us, it was just a matter of coming out and attacking them."
Indiana's Tamika Catchings on how the Fever played in their Game 1 75-65 win over Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals, to ESPN

"San Antonio played marvelous. But our players would not be denied."
Phoenix coach Paul Westhead on the Mercury's Game 2 98-92 victory over the Silver Stars to pave their way to the WNBA Finals, to the San Antonio Express-News

"When we miss shots against that zone, it lets them get out and run, and when (Deanna) Nolan gets space, she's so fast that she's going to hurt you."
Indiana coach Brian Winters on losing to Detroit 77-63 on Sunday in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals, to the Associated Press

"That's Tim Duncan at 5-foot-6. I always feel, with her, you have a chance for something to happen."
San Antonio coach Dan Hughes on the talent of Becky Hammon, to the San Antonio Express-News

"Tully has a real zest for life and she touches the lives of others around her. Her ability to get along with people and give a lift to those around her is reflected in the locker room, in our travels, off the court, everywhere we go and in everybody she touches. She leaves people feeling better about themselves."
Indiana coach Brian Winters on Tully Bevilaqua winning the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award

"I believe we're going all the way,"
Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter on her belief that her team will win the WNBA Championship, to the Arizona Republic