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Thoughts From Shootaround Ahead Of Game 4

INDIANAPOLIS — The implications of Game 4 are enormous. The Minnesota Lynx can secure the franchise’s third WNBA title with a win, while the Indiana Fever can force a winner-take-all Game 5 back in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Ahead of Sunday night’s big matchup, both teams took the court inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse for shootaround. The Fever were loose, joking around with one another and speaking repeatedly about just “having fun” during Game 4.

They’ve been in this situation before. In fact, they’ve been in elimination games four times already this postseason. They’ve fared quite well in those matchups, obviously.

“We’re feeling good, feeling focused,” Fever guard Briann January said. “We got in here made some adjustments, got some shots up. The normal shootaround. We’re ready to get in here and get it going.”

Minnesota was focused – as they have been all series – during the media availability portion of their pregame shootaround. The Lynx won titles in 2011 and 2013, and they’re looking to add a 2015 WNBA title to an impressive franchise resume.

“We’re very ready to play,” said Maya Moore. “We’re excited. We’re kind of bummed we have to wait until 8:30 tonight. We have to wait all day, but at least gameday is here.”

Moore is the player who put the Lynx in the advantageous spot they find themselves in ahead of Game 4. Her game-winning three with 1.7 seconds left on the clock sent the Lynx players into a frenzy and hushed a crowd that was loud and passionate all game long.

Now, they’re 40 minutes away from a title. Can they take advantage of their opportunity and close out the Fever on the road? Or will the Fever continue to thrive in urgent, back-against-the-wall games? We’ll find out later tonight.

Tune in to Game 4 of the WNBA Finals 2015 tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.