Despite losing by 18 points, the Indiana Fever have plenty of upside.
This season the Indiana Fever are expected to be the worst team in the WNBA. They are second year out from the incredicle era of Tamika Catchings and their results have been poor.
They opened the season against the Chicago Sky and ended up losing the contest by 18 points. This magrin does not reflect how close the game was. Half way through the last quarter the margin was only six points. However, there is much to be excited about if you are a Fever fan.
Candice Dupree had a terrible first half, making it up slightly towards the end. She was 3-of-10 from the field and missing shots she normally would make in her sleep. She ended up 7-of-14 with eight rebounds but there is plenty of room for improvement. Only one of her shots was bad, the majority ended up going in and out.
Had she of played the way she did in the fourth quarter at the start of the game, the Fever would have been ahead by some margin.
In her debut, Kelsey Mitchell did what she does best, she shot the ball. However, she went 2-of-8 from the field and only 1-of-5 from deep. If she is given the green light to shoot, Mitchell will figure this professional game out really quickly and instead of having five points, she will be averaging more than ten points a game by June.
Jazmon Gwathmey was 1-of-8 from the floor, she defended well for most of the game but this number is not good. I can see Victoria Viviens taking more of these minutes as the season goes on with the eighth pick only getting five minutes on the night. She did score three points on 1-of-2 from deep.
The Fever were out rebounded this game, they lost the battle 44-32. This is a differential we can expect to see all season as the Fever are not a big team. However, they out hustled the Sky, forcing 12 turnovers. The Fever only coughed the ball up five times.
The Fever are going to need to be more aggressive driving to the rim as they only got to the line eight time compared to the Sky getting there 20 times. However, this is a young team and they have the greatest upside of any team in the WNBA.