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Shock Focusing on Mental Side of Game Before Facing Arizona

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The Spokane Shock practiced at Spokane Arena on Wednesday for their first and only "heavy practice" this week (Photo: SWX) The Spokane Shock practiced at Spokane Arena on Wednesday for their first and only "heavy practice" this week (Photo: SWX)
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by John Fritz
SWX Reporter/Anchor

SPOKANE, Wash. - After practicing at their practice facility in Spokane Valley on Tuesday, the Shock moved into the Arena on Wednesday for the only "heavy practice" day of the week.

Head coach Rob Keefe said Wednesday he wanted to keep his team physically fresh and mentally sharp by focusing on a lot of film work this week. Spokane is looking to go a perfect 3-and-0 against the Arizona Rattlers, who visit Spokane Arena for the second time this season on Friday.

Keefe said the mental side of the game is every bit as important as the physical.

"That's what it is, it's very, very mental," said Keefe. "We know everybody's body can do it, so let's rest up. If we don't have that much time on the field, let's just really get it in chalk talk and the film room and make sure you know exactly what the person in front of you is going to be doing against you."

Wide receiver Raul Vijil and defensive lineman Ben McCombs will not play on Friday. Instead, they remain on the Injured Reserve list. There is a chance they could play in the second round game, provided they win Friday night.

The game between the Shock and Rattlers can be seen live on SWX-TV in Spokane and on AZ-TV 7/Cable 13 in Arizona. Kickoff is at 8 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 on SWX.

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