Time to play hard or go home

Well, it’s a good thing our team thrives under pressure! We had our backs against the wall Sunday in a must-win situation against Atlanta, but we played a great team game to stay alive in the series. Now we’ve got to keep that momentum rolling right into Game 3 at home.

I’ll be honest -- I definitely put more pressure on myself because we haven’t hoisted that championship trophy before. In fact, I had no idea this was my 11th trip to the playoffs until someone mentioned it. All I know is I haven’t won yet!

I also know my team is looking at me to score, to bring energy, to defend and to be a leader. So when I struggled offensively Sunday night all the way up to the fourth quarter, I made sure I was at least rebounding and defending well. Even on days when you don’t feel like you’re hitting your open shots, there are so many other ways you can help out your team.

On Tuesday night, we’ll focus on taking care of business on the boards. I think we outrebounded Atlanta for the first time this season Sunday, and that made a huge difference in the outcome. After getting a little overexcited in Game 1, the whole team has really recovered well and zoned in on the game plan.

Personally, I’m glad my body is feeling good after injuring my foot around this time last year. I think my decision to stay home and rest last offseason instead of going overseas really paid off. Plus, we’ve been able to do a lot of preventative work to make sure everything is functioning like it should. For instance, during my off day yesterday, I got my hips worked on after spending some time in the pool, the ice bath and the hot tub!

After practice (and all that time in the water), I got to hang out with my nephews before I hit the Redbox to get some DVDs. After deciding on “Freelancers” and “Blue Like Jazz,” it was off to T.G.I. Friday's for the Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Pasta. And yes, that dinner was as delicious as it sounds.

But enough about that. Come game time, I know both teams will be fired up. While we’re counting on our fans to come out and be our sixth man in Game 3, we also know the best fans in the WNBA can’t guarantee a win. It’s up to us to execute what we’ve practiced all season long.

As a player who has always loved a little pressure, these playoff games are what it’s all about. Play hard or go home ... bring it on!