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Shock expect big challenge with title near

first_img“We’ve been there, we were there last year,” said Detroit’s Katie Smith, who scored 22 points to lead the Shock in Game 3. “You have nothing to lose. For them, they have nothing to lose. We are the defending champion. Maybe there is more pressure on us to win.” Laimbeer didn’t want to compare last year’s situation to this year’s team. “I think we are a different team than we were last year in many ways,” he said. “We know we’re expected to be here and we’re expected to be in a position like this in all the series, and so far have done a good job of closing it out. We know how hard it’s going to be, we know how desperate they are going to be. We are going to plan accordingly.” The Mercury shot 5-for-31 from 3-point range Tuesday. “All the pressure is on them – being at home, being in an elimination game,” Detroit’s Deanna Nolan said. “We have to come out and do what we did (Tuesday) night be patient, knock down shots and play Shock basketball.” By The Associated Press PHOENIX – The Detroit Shock know from their own experience that they can take nothing for granted even though they are one victory from their second WNBA championship in a row. An 88-83 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night put Coach Bill Laimbeer’s team up, 2-1, in the best-of-5 series. A win tonight would give the Shock their third title since 2003. Last year, Detroit was down, 2-1, to Sacramento, then won the next two games to take the title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more