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Chicago's All-Star Forward Breaks Down the Detroit-Indiana Matchup
Candice Dupree’s Take on the
Eastern Conference Finals

Chicago's Candice Dupree analyzes the Eastern Conference Finals between Detroit and Indiana.
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Chicago forward and two time All-Star Candice Dupree recently completed her second season in the WNBA.

Playing for Chicago since the start of the franchise, Dupree has become a household name in the Windy City, averaging 15.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg in her still flourishing career.

Although she has yet to experience the postseason, Dupree has first hand knowledge of the teams and players that continue to battle for a championship.

Having competed against both Detroit and Indiana throughout the regular season, going 1-3 against both, Dupree provides her analysis of the two teams facing off in the Eastern Conference Finals.



Deanna Nolan
Detroit
Point Guard

Tully Bevilaqua
Indiana

In the point guard position for Detroit, Deanna Nolan runs her team very well. She has a great mid-range jumper. Tully Bevilaqua does a good job running her team. She is not necessarily a scoring threat, but she does hit big shots for Indiana when they need them.



Katie Smith
Detroit
Shooting Guard

Anna DeForge
Indiana

Anna DeForge and Katie Smith are both great shooters. Anna hit a lot of big shots against Connecticut and Detroit can always rely on Katie to knock down big threes. They are both very aggressive players and can score when their teams need them to.



Swin Cash
Detroit
Small Forward

Sheri Sam
Indiana

Swin Cash has a good mid-range game and can get to the basket. She is also very good at crashing the offensive boards. Sheri Sam is a vet. She is going to play smart. She can also shoot the three ball and the mid-range jumper.



Cheryl Ford
Detroit
Power Forward

Tamika Catchings
Indiana

Tamika Catchings has done a great job for Indiana. She will be a tough matchup for Detroit as she is when she plays against any team. She is a great all-around player. She does it all. She had 20 rebounds in one game against Connecticut and she is starting to get back in her rhythm as far as scoring goes. It is good for Detroit that Cheryl Ford made it back into the lineup. They have missed her scoring and rebounding, as well as her vocal leadership.



Katie Feenstra
Detroit
Center

Tammy Sutton-Brown
Indiana

In the center position for Detroit you have Katie Feenstra in the starting role and Tammy Sutton-Brown for Indiana. They are both aggressive on the block and crash the boards really well for their respective teams.



Detroit
Bench

Indiana

Both benches have great veterans. Detroit has Shannon "Pee Wee" Johnson and Indiana has Tamika Whitmore. Tamika is a scoring threat for Indiana. She is a great outside shooter. The experience on the bench is a strength for both teams. Sixth Woman of the Year Plenette Pierson is very aggressive coming off the bench for Detroit. She can score, crash the boards and is also a good defender. She can match up against Tamika Catchings and I think she can do pretty well against her. Also, K.B. Sharp for Indiana does a good job of running her team and getting her teammates the ball.



Bill Laimbeer
Detroit
Coach

Brian Winters
Indiana

I don’t know much about Indiana’s coach, Brian Winters. Detroit’s coach, Bill Laimbeer, is very intense. He puts a spark in all of his players. They want to win for him. He has won championships as a player and then two as a WNBA coach. Detroit is looking to get a back-to-back, so Indiana has to be ready.


Outlook

For my prediction, I am going to have to give the edge to Detroit. They have championship experience and Eastern Conference Finals experience. Indiana is a very good team, but I think Detroit has a little more depth as far as post players go. Their post players do a lot for them.

2 - Shock | Mercury - 3
Game 1: DET 108, PHO 100 | Box Score | Video
Game 2: PHO 98, DET 70 | Box Score | Video
Game 3: DET 88, PHO 83 | Box Score | Video
Game 4: PHO 77, DET 76 | Box Score | Video
Game 5: PHO 108, DET 92 | Box Score | Video
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