Tamika Catchings is eager to get started

Playoffs, baby! Win or go home!

That is and always has been the theme for playoff basketball. I know everyone looks at the regular season as a gauge to making predictions and figuring out which team will win in the end, but when it comes to the end of the season and making the final push to be crowned champions -- nothing in the past really matters.

I have been blessed to play in many playoff series, but none of my WNBA experiences has led to winning the crown. So this year is like none other as far as making that push. We pulled off a first-round seed and start off at home Thursday at 8 p.m. vs. the New York Liberty.

It is sure to be a great, but tough, series as all of our games with them have been. They are led by one of the greatest players in the game, Cappie Pondexter. And, when I say greatest, wooooooo this girl is unbelievable. It's always a challenge to stay in front of her, but of course, when you face great players, it takes a team to truly defend them.

I am anxious to get things started. I have watched all four game tapes of the times we have played them and know that one of the keys to our success is rebounding. This is not something that I haven't talked about all season long, so it's not giving away any secrets (LOL). But when I think about rebounding and what it means, I always have been taught that that is the main component of winning a championship.

We've had two great days of practice, and I am feeling good and ready to roll. The butterflies in my stomach are floating around, and honestly, 8 p.m. can't come soon enough.

I know some people always want to know if things change up during the playoffs or what makes it so different than the regular season. I think the biggest thing is what I started off with: "Win or go home." We all want the same thing -- the hardware. I find myself more conscious of what I can do to help the team succeed and to keep everyone positive.

Yes, we want to win games, but in the end you will go through a wall for someone you know would do the same for you. We have had our ups and downs this season, but we have still remained tall and strong. The bumps and bruises have provided character to our team through injuries, sickness and our wins and losses.

There's not much more talking we can do. Let the games begin.

The other series that will start on Friday in the East will be the Connecticut Sun vs. the Atlanta Dream. In the West, the Minnesota Lynx will face the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Seattle Storm will face the Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. Thursday.

So, we have eight teams, four games, and only one team will be crowned champions in the end. Of course, I'm a little biased, but I hope that team is the Indiana Fever.

Stay tuned as I keep you up to date on my playoff journey.

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