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I’m afraid of what’s to come for the Indiana Fever in the playoffs, but I’m not giving up hope. What kind of fan would I be if I did? An Indiana Pacers fan?

I’ve been distraught since Tamika Catchings’ foot injury against Detroit in July. I’ve watched the team go from No. 1 in the WNBA to losing six in a row to now fighting for home court advantage in the first round.

It’s been rough, but I’m not giving up hope. What kind of fan would I be if I did? A Michael Vick fan?

The worst thing to happen to a team full of promise with one super star has happened to the Fever. Imagine the Indianapolis Colts without Peyton Manning or the Cleveland Cavaliers without LeBron James; that’s the Fever without Catchings.

Still, the team fought hard and played tough. It was hard to watch them fall to team after team but I think about the 3-point loss at Chicago and the overtime loss at San Antonio and celebrate the effort. What kind of fan would be if I didn’t? A Barry Bonds fan?

With only two games left before the playoffs begin next week, Indiana is in a position I didn’t think they’d be in this season: a must win. It’s highly probable they’ll face the Connecticut Sun in the first round either as a No. 2 seed or a No. 3.

If they’re No. 2 they’ll face the Sun twice at home, if not, only once. And for a team – at Recorder press time – they’d yet to beat all season their best bet is to play at home.

However, everything depends on Catchings’ return.

Already out for three weeks, only Monday did Catchings take off her boot and slip on a shoe, which means she’s not ready to play.

Will she be ready for the playoffs? For the team’s sake, I sure hope so. What kind of fan would I be if I didn’t at least offer hope?

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