For those of you out there still reading the blog, the long wait is over. The Atlanta Dream’s 107-69 win over the Sky on the road finally clinch another playoff spot for the Atlanta Dream, snapping a four-game losing streak where the Dream sometimes played so poorly that I despaired of them winning another game. Currently Atlanta is in fourth place with two home games left – each one against a team that has beaten us at home (Tuesday the 17th against Chicago, Sunday the 22nd against Washington). Trust me, the regular season isn’t over yet; home field advantage will be crucial and we don’t have that yet.
The box score is here. If you read closely, that box score is a thing of beauty – five players in double figures, Brittainey Raven finally getting over 10 minutes in the game, Alison Bales with a double-double, the Dream shooting 56.1 percent. The Sky’s shooting of 55.9 percent at teh line was absolutely horrible, with Dominique Canty missing seven times in 11 attempts.
In the same link above under “GAME STORY” you’ll find the AP writeup. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, not sending Pierce W. Huff, simply grabs the story off the AP wire. At least they reported it.
“They decided that that was enough,” Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. “They came out and played like they have been playing throughout the season, with a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the game. They shared the ball extremely well and played some really good defense.”
The Chicago Daily-Herald had the best headline: “Sky Rolls Over, Plays Dead in Loss“. Quoteth Sylvia Fowles:
“Tonight we came out and played like boo-boo. I thought we were going to be ready to play.” The Sky played like Boo-Boo; the Dream played like Yogi and the Park Ranger.
The Chicago Tribune reports “Coach ’embarrassed’ by Sky’s play in loss to Dream”. Jack McCarthy writes it up:
“We should be embarrassed for (this) kind of play” Sky coach Steven Key said. “The hard part is that we know that’s not us as a team. That’s not the way we practice, that’s not the way we played all season long.”
I think Steven Key’s going to have a lot to worry about in the off-season, more than just some embarrassment.
Canada.com provides a simple report.
I’m not so much excited as I am…relieved. We’re in again, and thank God. We’ll worry about where we’re in later.