Fever championship celebration part of big weekend at Bankers Life

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By Emily Barker – Fox 59 Sports

The Indiana Fever finished up one last practice Thursday before Friday’s home opener against Atlanta. 

Prior to the game, the 2012 WNBA champions will celebrate with the fans and receive their championship rings and hang the banner. Tamkia Catchings is looking forward to the pre-game festivities but knows the team will have to regain focus at the start of the game. 

“For so many years we have talked about that one last thing that we don’t have and that was having a WNBA Championship and having a ring,” Catchings said.  “Now we have it, put it in your trophy case and get back to business.” 

The Fever are ready for the reason knowing they are the team to beat. Katie Douglas said even after one game she can tell the team gets along well on the court.

“I feel good about this team and about this core, about the chemistry that we have. We do have a lot of work to do though, we are the defending champs, we understand the target on our backs but each and every day we have been in here working, making each other better and we are definitely looking forward to this home opener tomorrow night.” Douglas said. 

The team is also pulling for the Pacers down in Miami and have a good understanding of what it takes to bring home the championship. Fever head coach Lin Dunn said she is proud of Frank Vogel and his team. 

“What they did the other night in [Bankers Life Fieldhouse] against a really, really good championship team from Miami. I thought they did they things that they had to do,” Dunn said. “I think the Pacers and the Fever have a lot in common. We are all blue collar, we work hard on defense, we rebound, we are tough, and it is so exciting to see them this close to being in the finals and I would love nothing better than for them to be playing for the championship.” 

Bankers Life will be a busy place this weekend with the Fever playing Atlanta Friday and game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.  Fans attending the Fever game should plan to arrive in time for the 6:40 pm championship celebration.  The Pacers game Saturday night tips off at 8:30 PM.