Friday, August 28, 2009

Atlanta vs. Seattle, Saturday August 29

Who: The Atlanta Dream (15-13) take on the Seattle Storm (17-11) as both teams try to cement a second place finish in their respective conferences.

The Dream have Angel McCoughtry (12.3 ppg) as well as All-Star Team members Sancho Lyttle (13.1 ppg) and Erika de Souza (11.2 ppg). Seattle has perennial MVP candidate Lauren Jackson (19.2 ppg) and the very popular Sue Bird (12.3 ppg, 5.8 apg)

What: The second of two games this year against Seattle. Atlanta won the first game two weeks earlier, 88-79.

Where: Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

: Tipoff is 10:00 pm Eastern on Saturday, August 29th. The game can be seen on WNBA Live Access.

Why: This game might be a glimpse of how our road swing will turn out after the loss to Detroit. Yes, Seattle's second place position is more secure than the Dream's - you'd hope that Seattle might slack off - but Seattle is 12-3 as a home team. Key Arena is a notoriously tough place to play; a win here would show that Atlanta can win anywhere in any circumstances. And once again, Atlanta has to play a team on a hot streak - Seattle has won four straight games.

Furthermore, I'm sure Sue Bird wants to forget that first game against Atlanta - 12 assists was great but only eight points was not so great. Shalee Lehning chased Sue Bird all around Philips Arena and I'm sure that Sue Bird will have her own plans for Shalee Lehning.

Seattle's bench scored only 13 points in that first game. Katie Gearlds and Ashley Walker were out in the first game with various maladies. Gearlds's knee is still bad but Ashley Walker has recovered.

For Iziane Castro Marques, it's a return to Seattle - Iziane played in Seattle from 2005 to 2007. She'll want to show off for the home fans.

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