We have some things to fix

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It has been a rocky start for Alexis Hornbuckle and her Phoenix Mercury teammates.

Nothing will keep us from working hard as a team to turn this season around.

We know it is still early but we also understand that we need to buckle down and focus on everything that needs to be fixed. The good news is we can immediately fix the effort and hustle we display every game and feel that if we keep working, everything else will fall into place.

That doesn’t mean the road gets any easier. We next head to Indiana to face the defending WNBA champion Fever. One thing about the Fever is that they always play hard no matter how many injuries they have, so we need to not only match their intensity but surpass it.

Indiana always has a good home crowd so we anticipate it being noisy -- with it being on national television it will be even louder. (Y’all need to tune in to ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday to watch.) Plus, Tamika Catchings is one of the greatest players in the world and we know she’ll have her team motivated and ready to play.

From our perspective, the most important thing we can do right now is simply play harder and keep working hard. Our shots may not always fall, but we can make up for that with our intensity and drive. We don’t have much time to figure things out but the loss against the Minnesota Lynx was embarrassing -- that’s not indicative of our character or how we are built as a team.

One thing’s for sure: We are going to play better in Indiana whether we win or lose.

We plan on looking like a different team from here on out as far as our effort and hustle are concerned. We have to be the ones running down every loose ball, fighting for rebounds and making the hustle plays. For us, there are no excuses -- we just need to unite as a team and keep moving forward.

That means we need to take everything up a notch. If we feel comfortable with something, do it again. Put in the extra time after practice working on our shots. Spend another hour in the training room making sure we are ready to go. We are a hard working team, but at 0-3 there will be more adjustments made to correct the mistakes we are making -- each player is committed and devoted to that mindset.

With the league so competitive as a whole, we can’t fall too far behind. Still, our confidence as a team isn’t shaken and we all believe in each other.

Right now, it’s all about heart.