Silver Stars-Fever Preview
Bouncing back from a disappointing road trip could prove difficult for the Indiana Fever if they're again without one of their top players.
Shavonte Zellous' status is uncertain as Indiana hosts the San Antonio Silver Stars on Wednesday night.
The Fever (11-14) went 0-3 on their trip, falling to fourth place in the Eastern Conference and leading New York by a game for the final playoff spot. They went 22-12 last season to earn the No. 2 seed on the way to their first championship.
Indiana was without Zellous, who is suffering from plantar fasciitis, for a fourth straight game in a 77-70 loss to Seattle on Sunday. She is averaging 15.0 points.
The Fever did get Karima Christmas back after she left Thursday's 94-72 defeat to Los Angeles with a hip injury, though she scored seven points and shot 3 of 11. Tamika Catchings had 21 points but was 4 for 14 from the field as Indiana shot 37.5 percent.
The club averages a league-low 69.4 points.
"Yeah, it's been a tough road trip," said guard Briann January, who scored 17 points. "I think though every game we've gotten better as a team. Tonight, I think a lot of fatigue played a part, but every team has to play through it."
The Silver Stars (9-15), losers of four of five on the road, hope Danielle Robinson can improve upon a poor performance in a 79-64 home loss to Indiana in the teams' season opener May 24. Catchings and Zellous each scored 19 while Robinson was held to four points. She recorded nine assists but committed four turnovers.
Robinson has been named to her first All-Star team and is averaging 11.5 points and a league-leading 7.0 assists. She averaged 9.9 and 4.3 in her second NBA season last year.
She scored 20 points and added eight assists while going 10 for 11 from the free-throw line in an 88-82 home win over Phoenix on Saturday.
"(Robinson is) just evolving into a player this year with the loss of Becky (Hammon) and Sophia (Young) where we have got to play through her," coach Dan Hughes said. "And playing through her takes different forms. It takes scoring, but it also takes her ability to set up people and that arc that she is working on was really important today."
A win by San Antonio would give the teams a split of the season series for the fourth time in five years.