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Defense on stars is key in East

Best-of-three series opens in Indiana at 7 ET Thursday (ESPN2 & WatchESPN)

Originally Published: September 24, 2013
By Mechelle Voepel | espnW.com

For the third year in a row, Atlanta and Indiana will meet in the playoffs. The Dream won their Eastern Conference finals meeting in 2011, and the Fever prevailed in an East semifinal matchup last year.

These are the two franchises in the East that have a good deal of relevant postseason experience, and that showed in their first-round victories this year.

The No. 4 seed Fever crushed top-seeded Chicago, a playoff newcomer, by dominating the Sky in every aspect and winning ...

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