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Can Kelsey Mitchell's strategy outsmart A'ja Wilson and the Aces? What do you think?

The Indiana Fever arguably had their best game of the season last night. With Caitlin Clark’s leadership and Kelsey Mitchell’s clutch heroics, they did something that was highly unpredictable. However, the season does not end with just this win. Next, they will go against the 2x reigning champions on their home turf for the second time this year. Last time, A’ja Wilson’s team, which was missing Chelsea Gray, easily got the better of the visitors. But this time around, with more experience and chemistry, can Indiana do the unthinkable?

After their 88-82 win over the hosting Phoenix Mercury, Kelsey Mitchell opened up on the team’s mindset facing the Las Vegas Aces. During the interview, she said, “Oh, we’ve got to take over that mindset of, we’re playing like really really amazing teams. From a personal standpoint, they are really great players individually. So, for us, we got each other’s back, hold each other accountable, and defend. That’s only how we’ll be in it, in a game with Vegas.”

 

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In their first meeting this season, the Aces thrashed Indiana 99-80. Las Vegas kept Caitlin Clark at a then-season-low 8 points on 2 of 8 field goals. However, since then, the rookie has given multiple glimpses of greatness, reaching the 30-point mark twice. Moreover, the team chemistry for the group has also improved. Nevertheless, it will still be a game against the 2x reigning champions who are coming off of a 4-game winning streak.

Potentially, the way the team played last night will be the best way for them to approach Tuesday’s game as well. Here is what Kelsey Mitchell thought of their performance against Diana Taurasi and Co.

How did Caitlin Clark and the Fever perform against Phoenix?

The first overall pick definitely gave a display to remember vs Phoenix. She had 15 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, falling just 1 short of the first-ever rookie triple-double. However, Kelsey Mitchell’s clutch heroics separated the two teams for good. In the final 90 seconds of the game, Mitchell scored 7 points.

Talking about her own performance, Mitchell said, “For me, it’s all about finding my spots, finding angles where I can. Obviously found my rhythm and space and time and I read the action based on the scheme defensively. For me, it’s just trying to settle into what I always do.”

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Certainly, their chemistry and the will to keep their head up is what got them through the Mercury. As for Las Vegas, they will have to up their game even more since three of their players are averaging above 20 points, with A’ja Wilson at 26.9 points per game. Interestingly, in their last game, the league-worst Washington was able to keep Wilson to just 11 points.

Drawing a parallel with Fever’s game last night, they too were able to keep the highly damaging Kahleah Copper to a season low of 7 points only. Definitely, they will try to repeat something similar on Tuesday as well.

The matchup will also be Caitlin Clark’s second meeting with her best friend Kate Martin. Recently, the No. 22 spoke up on how she misses playing with ‘the glue.’ While they will not be playing together, their presence on the floor at the same time will take many of us back to their days in Iowa.

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