The Atlanta Dream look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Sky and reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne in their home opener at Philips Arena.
The Dream come into the game with a 1-1 record having outlasted San Antonio on the road in overtime in the opener before falling at Indiana on Friday. Atlanta smothered the Stars defensively in the first game holding them to just 35 percent shooting. They weren't as effective against Indiana's balanced attack as turnovers short circuited a good shooting night in a 94-85 loss.
Angel McCoughtry has scored 15 points in each of the first two games and the Dream need her to elevate her play. She is shooting 40 percent from the field but already has nine turnovers in the first two games. Atlanta needs her to be a playmaker for herself and her teammates so getting her involved early and in a rhythm will be key against the Sky. McCoughtry averaged 24.8 points in four meetings with the Sky last season.
Chicago comes in with a 1-1 record as well and looking to bounce back from a 97-80 loss to the Lynx on Wednesday. The Sky won their opener 93-70 over Connecticut without Delle Donne who sat out due to flu like symptoms. She made her debut against Minnesota and picked up where she left off last season scoring 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting. Delle Donne averaged 32.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in four matchups with the Dream last season. She recorded a career-high 45 points in a 100-96 overtime win last June.
Five of Atlanta's first seven games will be played away from Philips Arena. After Sunday's game, The Dream will head back out on the road to face New York and Dallas before returning home for a rematch against the Fever. They will wrap up the stretch with a trip to Connecticut before returning home to open a four-game homestand.
Sunday's game will be televised on NBA TV and Fox Sports Southeast with coverage getting underway at 3 p.m. The great Bob Rathbun will have the call and will be joined by LaChina Robinson.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 22
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports Southeast