Indiana Fever Schedule Preview: July 31 - August 5

After getting a bit of a reprieve over All-Star weekend, the Fever's rebuilding season continues.

It was a quiet All-Star break for the Indiana Fever. Their only representative in Minnesota was rookie point guard Kelsey Mitchell, who participated in the game's halftime 3-point contest.

Their lone game of the week resulted in a home loss to the Seattle Storm. Victoria Vivians injured her ankle early, and things went downhill from there; Indiana was able to cut the deficit to 8 in the fourth quarter, but ended up losing by 20 and a -25.5 net rating. 

The one bright spot of that contest was Mitchell. She scored 26 points for the third time this season, matching her career-high, and was able to establish a rhythm that we haven't seen from her in a while. Her performance will be one of the main things to watch for as the Fever try to end their season on a high note. 

Thursday, August 2: vs Dallas Wings (7 pm ET)

The Fever got blown out the last time they played in Dallas, getting outscored by 33.3 points per 100 possessions and allowing a career-high 26 points to rookie forward Azura Stevens.

Indiana will look to avenge this loss on Thursday, but it won't be easy. They were able to "hold" Liz Cambage to 17 points and 9 rebounds and Skylar Diggins-Smith to 8 points in their last meeting; both of those things happening again would be unlikely. 

Along the same lines, though, Tiffany Mitchell and Vivians shot a combined 2-20 in that game, so some regression could also be expected there. Dallas likes up-and-down running games, so if Indiana can take advantage of this and beat the Wings at their own transition game, it could give them a fighting chance against Cambage in the post.

Saturday, August 4: at New York Liberty (3 pm ET)

If there's a WNBA team struggling as much as the Fever (or perhaps even more so), it's New York. Losers of their last four games and 7 of their last 10, the Liberty continue to have players in and out of the lineup, and their trademark hard-nosed defense has been largely missing. Most notably, the homecourt advantage they once enjoyed at Madison Square Garden no longer exists.

For these reasons, this is a very winnable game for Indiana. It's a matchup that doesn't present as many size issues for the Fever frontcourt as most others, and the Liberty's inconsistent defense could yield plenty of 3-point opportunities for Mitchell and Vivians.

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