The road team won the first two meetings before the home team took the last two, including New York’s win last Friday.
Indiana also has dealt with some injuries this year, though coach Lin Dunn said point guard Erin Phillips _ who missed the last two games with an ankle injury _ and seven-time All-Star Tamika Catchings _ who has been nursing a sprained knee and sat out the season finale _ will be ready to go.
Connecticut held off New York for the second seed, beating the Liberty on Sunday. The Sun face Angel McCoughtry and a Dream team that won 17 of its last 22 just one year after a surprising run to the WNBA finals.
The home team won all the matchups in the regular season, something that would favor the Sun in this series _ especially they since have seven players with less than three years’ experience, including MVP contender Tina Charles.
“For the first series and the first game, it is important for our group to have the first experience of the playoffs be here at home,” veteran guard Kara Lawson said. “You’re just more settled and more confident. It’s more routine.”
San Antonio won seven of eight to start the season, and then five of six to end it. In between, the Silver Stars struggled and went through a stretch in which they lost 10 of 12. Danielle Adams was the rookie of the month for June before missing some time with a foot injury.
With everyone healthy now, San Antonio is hoping to build off its finish. Coach Dan Hughes acknowledged the tough task facing his team against the league-best Lynx.
“They’re a solid team in every statistical way. Cheryl (Reeve) has them executing well across the board,” Hughes said. “Where I think the separation has been is their rebounding advantage with us and a lot of teams.”