Indiana Fever Schedule Preview: July 3 - July 8

The struggling Fever now look to a WNBA legend to help them along.

You've read this before: it was another winless week for the Indiana Fever. They now sit at 1-16 on the season.

You've read this before, too: their young roster is showing promise but continues to have trouble executing in crunch time.

For two of the previous week's three games, it was just a matter of not having enough firepower. The Fever gave up a whopping 124.7 points per 100 possessions against Connecticut, then they were buried by Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi in their next match. Such games are going to be difficult for the Fever to win regardless of how well they shoot the basketball.

Sunday, though, it was more of the same: another close game decided in the final seconds, with Indiana coming up just short despite a career night from Victoria Vivians (27 points, 5-7 3FG).

Their roster did get a little shakeup, though. The team announced on Sunday that they acquired veteran shooting guard Cappie Pondexter, who was recently waived by the Los Angeles Sparks. A 13-year veteran, 2-time WNBA champion, and fourth all-time leading scorer in WNBA history, Pondexter will take the spot of Hind Ben Abdelkader, who Indiana waived prior to the signing.

Only one game shy of 400 in her storied WNBA career, Pondexter is now in the twilight of her playing days. It will be her second stint under Pokey Chatman - who previously traded for her in 2015 while managing the Chicago Sky - and she'll likely be asked to provide veteran leadership for the Fever. In particular, look for her to mentor Kelsey Mitchell, especially in off-court areas needed to sustain a long WNBA career (such as workout and dieting habits).

It will be interesting to see how many minutes Pondexter actually gets, considering this roster is the polar opposite of LA's when it comes to both experience and win-now mentality. Other than that, the season grinds on for Indiana; they face a pair of powerhouse centers this week.

Tuesday, July 3: at Minnesota Lynx (8 pm ET)

On paper, this looks like a mismatch. The Lynx are playing better than anyone in the WNBA right now; they're riding a seven-game win streak and seem poised to soon be a top-4 seed.

There's also the matter of Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles. Individually, there's no way the Fever can match up against these two players, particularly Fowles in the post. Center Kayla Alexander got her fair share of minutes last week versus Brittney Griner, so don't be surprised if Chatman calls her number again here.

Thursday, July 5: at Dallas Wings (8 pm ET)

This one might be a little more doable. The Fever played well against the Wings in their earlier matchup before succumbing to their common late-game failures, and they should be able to hang tough again in this game. Elizabeth Cambage presents yet another imposing challenge down low, but it's Skylar Diggins-Smith the Fever need to do a better job of defending - she went off for a career-high 35 points the last time the two teams met.

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