Limiting McCoughtry’s supporting cast key to spoiling Atlanta’s dreams
After securing their first Allstate Arena victory of the season, Chicago (3-1) takes a quick flight down to Atlanta for a second straight day of action. With plenty of momentum on their side after a thrilling last-second finish, the Sky match up with the Dream for the first time this season.
Atlanta (2-2), the reigning Eastern Conference champions, took three of four decisions from Chicago last season with star forward Angel McCoughtry leading the way each time. McCoughtry averaged 21.7 points per game in 2011, scoring 77 points in four appearances against the Sky, and hasn’t slowed down this season averaging 20.0 points per game.
The Sky counter with their star forward, Slyvia Fowles fresh off a stunning game-winning layup to cap a 19-point 16-rebound performance, making for a true slugfest in the paint. In a game where both frontcourts will put a lot of points on the board it could come down to backcourt support. With Epiphanny Prince’s sharp-shooting and defensive savvy on full display of late, Chicago could have the edge it needs. Prince lit up the scoreboard in the fourth quarter of the Sky’s 65-63 win over Washington, sparking a comeback from eight points down with two minutes left.
The Dream provide a stiff test on short rest for the Sky, but the elation of a narrow come-from-behind victory may give Chicago an advantage in the intangibles column.
If the Sky can bring the defensive energy that has allowed their last two opponents to score just 63 points each, Chicago could reach 4-1 for the first time in franchise history.
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