Gm 1: at Det., Thu., 8/24, 7:30 p.m. ET. NBA TV
Gm 2: at Ct., Sat., 8/26, 4 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 3*: at Ct., Sun., 8/27, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
It should come as no surprise that the two best teams in the Eastern Conference all season long should meet in the Conference Finals. The Connecticut Sun and Detroit Shock are two rivals who have won the last three Conference titles. They know each other well and do not particularly like each other on the court. The Shock swept the season series, winning two games in Connecticut, including an overtime thriller the second week of the season (though the victory in the last game of the regular season was a meaningless game for the Sun). The Connecticut Sun finished the season on a high note, winning 12 games in a row coming down the stretch and sweeping the Washington Mystics in the first round. The Sun are looking for their first championship in team history after losing back-to-back Finals in 2004 and 2005. The Sun feature five All-Stars and entering the postseason with the league's best record and a 15-3 record against the Eastern Conference. So is the third time a charm? That's the question Sun fans, coaches and players are asking themselves entering the postseason. Meanwhile, Detroit is hungry to win another championship as many believe they have underachieved since winning in 2003. The Shock were eliminated in the first round in each of the past two seasons, but swept the Fever to get back to this point. A healthy Swin Cash and a full year of Katie Smith makes the Shock a tough out. Led by Cheryl Ford's averages of 14.5 points and league-leading 11.5 rebounds, the Shock finished the season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

2006 Regular Season: Detroit Shock 3 - Connecticut Sun 0
Some fast facts about the Sun-Shock first-round matchup:

Douglas

Katie Douglas and Lindsay Whalen averaged a combined 35 points per game in the first round against the Mystics, but Nykesha Sales shot 1-17 in the first round series. Douglas went down near the end of Game Two with what was later determined to be a hairline fracture in her right heel and she will miss the series.

Connecticut's Taj McWilliams-Franklin grabbed 14 points in each of the first round games. Detroit's Cheryl Ford had 10 boards in each of its games.

The Shock had six players score in double figures in Game Two against the Fever, including 23 from Ford and 20 points from Plenette Pierson off the bench.

Including the playoffs, the Shock were 10-8 on the road this season.


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Saturday, May 27, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT: Shock 77, Sun 73 (OT) | Box score

Detroit Leaders: Katie Smith (23 pts., 8 ast.), Cheryl Ford (18 pts., 11 reb.)
Connecticut Leaders: Katie Douglas (18 pts., 7 reb.), Nykesha Sales (17 pts., 4 ast.)
NBA TV highlights: Play

Friday, June 30, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT: Shock 70, Sun 64 | Box score

Detroit Leaders: Katie Smith (21 pts., 3 ast.), Swin Cash (15 pts., 6 reb.)
Connecticut Leaders: Asjha Jones (16 pts., 5 reb.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (8 pts., 10 reb.)
NBA TV highlights: Play

Sunday, August 13, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, M: Shock 88, Sun 65 | Box score

Detroit Leaders: Deanna Nolan (19 pts., 6 reb.), Cheryl Ford (15 pts., 12 reb.)
Connecticut Leaders: Erin Phillips (12 pts., 3 ast.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (13 pts., 5 reb.)
NBA TV highlights: Play