Fever Set To Host Slumping Silver Stars

August 4, 2006

The Fever won 62-53 in San Antonio on May 23.
With just over one week left in the regular season, the Fever (18-11) has secured its third postseason berth in franchise history and now sets its sights on home court advantage, while San Antonio (12-17) finds its playoff hopes on life-support.

Entering Saturday’s game with San Antonio, Indiana sits third in the Eastern Conference standings with five games left on its schedule. If the playoffs started today, the Fever would earn a date with Detroit in the first round - with whom they split the season series.

Home court advantage can be crucial in a best-of-three series, especially with a club like the Fever, and in a series with the Shock. All four games this season between Indiana and Detroit has been won by the home team. The Fever has been a different team at home, sporting an 11-3 record in Conseco Fieldhouse while posting a pedestrian 7-8 record on the road.

Thanks to Thursday’s victory over Minnesota and a New York win over Detroit, the Fever now finds itself 1.5 games behind the Shock for second place in the East, and home court advantage in the first round. With its 69-59 win over Minnesota, the Fever improved to 13-0 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points.

San Antonio, not yet mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, is currently sixth in the Western Conference and 3.5 games behind Seattle, which currently holds the fourth and final spot in the West. The Silver Stars would virtually need to win its final five games of the season and get some help along the way to earn a playoff berth. San Antonio has lost three consecutive games, including an 87-69 loss to Sacramento Thursday.

With an 18-11 record, the Fever has its best record after 29 games in the franchise’s seven-year history. The Fever is currently 8-5 against the Western Conference and will finish the season with a winning record against the West for the first time ever.

Saturday’s meeting with San Antonio will be Indiana’s last game against a Western Conference opponent this season.