After suffering through their longest losing streak of the season, the Atlanta Dream look like they have regained their composure and will go for their third straight win Sunday afternoon against the New York Liberty.
New York has taken two of the three meetings including a 77-75 win in New York right before the All-Star break where Cappie Pondexter banked in a game-winner with less than a second remaining. That loss was the first of four straight for the Dream and was the last with head coach Michael Cooper on the bench before he left the team for medical reasons.
Atlanta has since won two straight including an 85-75 win over Tulsa on Thursday. Tiffany Hayes continued her splendid play of late with a season-high 27 points. Hayes is averaging a team-best 19.8 points over the last five games. Angel McCoughtry and Erika de Souza struggled during Atlanta's losing streak but have bounced back nicely of late. McCoughtry finished with 21 points and is shooting over 62 percent from the field during Atlanta's win streak.
De Souza went a stretch of five games without scoring in double figures before bouncing back with solid back-to-back performances. She recorded her eighth double-double of the season on Thursday finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
At 17-9, the Dream have clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs and have a healthy 4.5 game lead over second place Washington with just eight games remaining. Sunday's game however is important to the Liberty who currently occupy the East's final playoff spot. New York is just a half game in front of Chicago entering play on Sunday.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, August 3, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Streaming: WNBA Live Access