The end isn't exactly creeping into her mind as she celebrates the tenth anniversary of her joining the Women's Professional Basketball Association.

But at 32 years a few chances to become a WNBA champion have come Katie Douglas' way, only to be turned away in the conference finals.

Apart of Eastern Conference championships with the Connecticut Sun in 2004 and 2005 and the Fever four years later, the desire to win a title only grows for the Indianapolis natives as she begins the second decade of her career.

"For Tamika (Catchings) and I and Tammy (Sutton-Brown) we just think about the sense of urgency," said Douglas of the playoffs. "There's a different kinda focus and a different kinda fire in my eyes in my preparation this whole month."

Yet another golden opportunity lies with Douglas as the 2011 postseason approaches, with her Fever team the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. They'll play at home till the WNBA Finals, and if Minnesota were to get knocked off they'll have it all the way through.

Of course, if the team's health holds out.

"Be as healthy as we can be," said head coach Lin Dunn of the Fever's first priority before their best-of-three first round series begins with New York Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse. "I think we ended the game the other day with Atlanta with seven players."

More than that will be needed to get past the Liberty, who will host game two in New York on Saturday and would come back to Indianapolis on Monday should a decisive third game be needed.

Injuries have been apart of the Fever's season from the start, when starting point guard Briann January went down with a torn ACL. Most serious recently has been with Catchings, who sat out the Atlanta game with a right knee strain.

Losing the guard would be devastating for the team since Catchings is putting up MVP-type numbers, averaging 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

"I'm gonna be ready to play, no question there," said Catchings of game one. "Kinda resting for a little bit."

Point guard Erin Phillips is also a question mark after she suffered a sprained left ankle during the final week of the season, causing her to miss two games. Like Catchings, she's confident in a return for the playoffs even if the ankle hasn't fully healed.

"Healthy enough. I probably need about 40 percent to be healthy enough," said Phillips of her ankle. "Today my ankle was really good. I'm doing a lot of treatment, a lot of therapy."

Dunn would like to have Phillips as close to full strength as possible against what she believes to be a better defending Liberty team, who a season ago ended the Fever's season in the first round of the playoffs.

"Last year the emphasis was on offense and Cappie Pondexter and I think what they've done with Pierson and (Kia) Vaughn is turn them into terrific defenders, terrific rebounders," said Dunn of the difference in New York since last season. "Their similar but they're different."