Remember when there was a much simpler time, back when you used to play in your backyard as a child with your friends? Maybe you played sports, climbed along your playset with a slide, or even just a simple game of duck, duck, goose. Every once in awhile though, especially at that age, somebody always tripped and fell, hurting themselves slightly in the process.
There was never any fear though, because mother was always there with a simple frozen icepack that saved the day.
Unfortunately for Fever forward Katie Douglas, an icepack or any number of Scooby Doo band-aids isn't going to heal her sprained ankle magically for game three of the Finals on Friday night.
"I wish we could put three to four layers (of bandages) on, and it could be okay," said Douglas.
"I think I have to go through a progression of tests and I think that's how it is going to be handled. They are not going to put me out there and let me be a hindrance to my team or to myself. I've got to pass those tests, and until I pass those tests, I probably won't be on the court."
Douglas stayed back in Indianapolis for treatment on her ankle while the Fever took a 1-1 split with the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx in the Finals. After taking game one on Sunday night, Indiana dropped a very physical game two that saw the Fever lose by the final of 83-71.
"It was extremely frustrating to be stuck here in Indianapolis," said Douglas. "It would have been nice to travel with my teammates and be on the bench with them. It was definitely a tough moment for me, but I knew it was the right decision to be back here in Indy getting the right treatment and rehab that I need."
Douglas says that she is going through both pain and having stability issues with the ankle, which was in a walking boot on Bankers Life Fieldhouse early Thursday afternoon. The combo guard/forward averaged 15.5 points per game for the Fever in 2012, along with 17.7 points in the Eastern Conference Finals against Connecticut.
"Unfortunately I don't have mother-nature's number to give her a quick call to fix this thing," said Douglas. "I'm doing everything I can. I'm doing more than I should, but I'm doing everything I can to if possible be ready to go at some point in this series."
The Fever may also be without backup Jeanette Pohlen in game three, who left in the second quarter due to a knee injury. Fever Head Coach Lynn Dunn feels that her team is more than capable of answering the call, despite how talented the defending champions are.
"You are going to be thrown some curves, some adversity, and you have to find a way to deal with it," said Dunn.
"We have done that as a team all year long. We have done that with both (January) and Zellous being out with concussions. We had to deal with (Phillips) being out with her Olympic training. Katie had a couple days where she was sick. You just have to deal with the hand you are dealt with. I think that is what this team is really good at. The thing that is challenging for us in this series is that Minnesota is so deep. They are able to play nine, ten, eleven quality players, I think they only have one who isn't an All-American. Their depth is really a challenge to us now that we are down to so few numbers."
Tests before each game to determine Douglas' availability
Douglas sprained her ankle in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals, did not travel with the team to Minnesota.
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