Defense will determine East semifinal

Best-of-three series opens in Indiana on Friday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)

Updated: September 24, 2012, 10:49 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW

The Dream, who have been to consecutive WNBA Finals but have no title to show for it, ride a four-game win streak (and seven wins in nine games) into the playoffs. Atlanta seems to have found its groove in the final weeks of the regular season despite a serious spate of drama in August, when coach Marynell Meadors was dismissed and star Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, was briefly suspended.

There's been no such excitement in Indiana, where the veteran Fever ...

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