Saturday, July 21, 2007

All-Star forward Catchings to miss 2-to-3 weeks

Indiana Fever All-Star forward Tamika Catchings is expected to miss two to three weeks after she sustained a partial tear of the plantar fascia in her left foot in Friday's 89-80 loss to Detroit.

Catchings leads the Fever in points (16.8), rebounds (9.1), assists (4.6) and a league-high 3.15 steals.

"It certainly is unfortunate for us,'' Indiana head coach Brian Winters said, "but we have a deep team and we feel that we can still win and continue our winning edge.''

The Fever (16-5) entered Saturday tied with the Shock for the league's best record. With the regular season coming to a close Aug. 19, Catchings' return in the regular season is uncertain.

"We'll see how it goes,'' Winters said. "You never know with those things. We look forward to the time that she can come back and help us into the playoffs.''

Catchings is a two-time defensive player of the year and a four-time All-Star.

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