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PostPosted: 08/08/18 4:33 pm    ::: Sparks @ Dream - 8/09/18 Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 08/08/18 4:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A reminder: the Sparks have never won in Atlanta when Angel McCoughtry was playing



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 4:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
A reminder: the Sparks have never won in Atlanta when Angel McCoughtry was playing

Will she be playing? Has there been any update on her condition?



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https://www.foxsports.com/womens-college-basketball/story/dream-rebound-from-dismal-season-now-wnba-title-contender-080818

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McCoughtry is doubtful for the game, even though her knee injury isn’t believed to be serious.



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 6:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

That sucks.


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PostPosted: 08/08/18 6:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
That sucks.


Yes and no. I like that the injury isn't considered serious.



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 6:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
That sucks.


Yes and no. I like that the injury isn't considered serious.


I guess you are the rainbow in my cloud.


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PostPosted: 08/08/18 8:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well the Liberty didn't help the Dream any tonight. Guess it's up to the Dream to extinguish the Sparklers.


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PostPosted: 08/08/18 8:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

this is a trap game. sparks will lose.

the league never seem to schedule LA to play ATL at the front of the roadtrip. It's always after they've had to grind it out somewhere else.


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PostPosted: 08/08/18 9:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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this is a trap game. sparks will lose.

Does it count as a trap game if you predict the better team to win?



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 9:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
ChicagoAnnie wrote:
this is a trap game. sparks will lose.

Does it count as a trap game if you predict the better team to win?


You think the sparks are better too? #Twinning Cool



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 10:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
A reminder: the Sparks have never won in Atlanta when Angel McCoughtry was playing


There's a first time for everything. Time to whack Tiffany "Speedy Gonzales" Hayes, the Dark Angel, and Lori Ann too. Twisted Evil



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PostPosted: 08/08/18 11:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
Well the Liberty didn't help the Dream any tonight. Guess it's up to the Dream to extinguish the Sparklers.


Disagree. They made the Sparks play 40 minutes. With a back-to-back, having to play a tight game was the last thing the Sparks wanted.


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PostPosted: 08/09/18 5:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

calbearman76 wrote:
Randy wrote:
Well the Liberty didn't help the Dream any tonight. Guess it's up to the Dream to extinguish the Sparklers.


Disagree. They made the Sparks play 40 minutes. With a back-to-back, having to play a tight game was the last thing the Sparks wanted.


And most of the time Parker doesnt play that well in back to back games



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One down, one more to go! The Ladies of LaLa will really have to reach deep tonight.



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 9:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
That sucks.


Yes and no. I like that the injury isn't considered serious.


The rest of the teams aren’t good enough to catch you guys for the second spot. In fact, LA might have a tough time beating you guys without Angel, never mind with.



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mercfan3 wrote:
pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
That sucks.


Yes and no. I like that the injury isn't considered serious.


The rest of the teams aren’t good enough to catch you guys for the second spot. In fact, LA might have a tough time beating you guys without Angel, never mind with.


Maybe, but we'll need Angel for the playoffs regardless of what seed we end up with



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 9:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
this is a trap game. sparks will lose.

the league never seem to schedule LA to play ATL at the front of the roadtrip. It's always after they've had to grind it out somewhere else.


For the record, this is the first time the Sparks have ever come to Atlanta on the second game of a back-to-back.



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 11:31 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
mercfan3 wrote:
pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
That sucks.


Yes and no. I like that the injury isn't considered serious.


The rest of the teams aren’t good enough to catch you guys for the second spot. In fact, LA might have a tough time beating you guys without Angel, never mind with.


Maybe, but we'll need Angel for the playoffs regardless of what seed we end up with


Of course, but for the rest of the regular season, Atlanta is pretty close to “let’s just make sure we’re all 100% for the playoffs.”

Although, I do stand corrected, the Mystics are playing well enough where they could potentially catch you guys.



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mercfan3 wrote:
Although, I do stand corrected, the Mystics are playing well enough where they could potentially catch you guys.


Luckily the Dream own the tiebreaker over Washington.

The Sparks would take over 2nd place with a win in this game.



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pilight wrote:
mercfan3 wrote:
Although, I do stand corrected, the Mystics are playing well enough where they could potentially catch you guys.


Luckily the Dream own the tiebreaker over Washington.

The Sparks would take over 2nd place with a win in this game.


Without considering tie breakers, 3 teams will be 19-11 when LA wins this game. I understand tie breakers will determine the final order if teams are tied. But, until that happens, standings are based solely on games won/lost.



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 4:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Another Dream home game, another thunderstorm.


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PostPosted: 08/09/18 4:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hard to know where LA will finish. Big game coming up in Phoenix and 2 huge ones to close the season in DC and CT.


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Angel not starting



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 5:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Angel's next start for the Dream: hopefully, some point in 2019. Sad


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What a blow to Atlanta. Sad



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 5:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I remember the Dream looking their best a few years ago, when Sancho got lost for the season just after she returned from Euro-play. This sucks all the more.


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I'm guessing the Dream end up as the #5 seed and get knocked out by Dallas



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Yikes about Angel. I always want my Sparks to win but I NEVER want to hear about a season ending injury for any player.

I expect an inspired performance by ATL against the tired, and perhaps suddenly overconfident, Sparks.

Let's go Sparks!! This is a big opening and opportunity. Seize it!
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PostPosted: 08/09/18 5:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
I'm guessing the Dream end up as the #5 seed and get knocked out by Dallas


If Notre Dame wins a National Title with, they way the media hyped it up, their entire team out with injuries, and the Eagles won a Super Bowl after their MVP-frontrunner QB tears his ACL, why can't the Dream win it all now, or are they exempt continuing that pattern?


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Get well soon Lori Ann , this a big blow to the entire playoffs. If TIP Hayes wants to be a real MVP candidate this is her best chance to show it . Im not counting them out yet .



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Well the Fever won the WNBA in 2012 with all kinds of injuries too. Except not to Catchings....


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Angel not starting


Not starting or not playing?



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SpaceJunkie wrote:
pilight wrote:
I'm guessing the Dream end up as the #5 seed and get knocked out by Dallas


If Notre Dame wins a National Title with, they way the media hyped it up, their entire team out with injuries, and the Eagles won a Super Bowl after their MVP-frontrunner QB tears his ACL, why can't the Dream win it all now, or are they exempt continuing that pattern?


Don't go there, the WNBA doesn't allow free transfers Laughing

Wishing Angel a speedy recovery.




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Shades wrote:
pilight wrote:
Angel not starting


Not starting or not playing?


Season ending knee injury.


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Damn. That’s two major injuries that likely put an end to their teams championship goals. Sucks for the dream, fans, and especially Angel. Hoping for a speedy recovery.



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Randy wrote:
Shades wrote:
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Angel not starting


Not starting or not playing?


Season ending knee injury.


So sad to hear!! I thought the Dream had a good chance to win the ship. I feel for Angel with the season ending injury.

Maybe if the refs call the fouls on LA that they should the Dream might have a chance.


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Even as a Sparks fan, I am very sorry to hear about Angel's injury. She has had a good season and has been a huge part of their successes. Praying for a speedy recovery.



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Maybe if the refs call the fouls on LA that they should the Dream might have a chance.


That's clearly not going to happen. Nneka gets away with another face shot...



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See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it. That why I can't stand the Sparks! It is just sickening to watch them. Nneka is always hooking and hitting. Someone needs to do something about the refs! Sparks are
so used to getting away with fouls they commit that it just doesn't matter what they do.




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See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it. That why I can't stand the Sparks!


To be fair, the refs have pretty much established hitting someone in the face isn't a foul all season long, regardless of team/players involved. Rolling Eyes


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See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it.


Dream commentators. Sparks commentators would have said it was a good no-call.

But it's looking like the Dream don't even need McCoughtry. Could they be better without her? Pilight usually asks that question.



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A few Duke players in this game.




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With McCoughtry out I'm wondering who'll match up with Seattle best in the finals. Washington? Maybe Minnesota stands a chance now? Does Connecticut reemerge in the playoffs?



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SpaceJunkie wrote:
bballgrl wrote:
See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it. That why I can't stand the Sparks!


To be fair, the refs have pretty much established hitting someone in the face isn't a foul all season long, regardless of team/players involved. Rolling Eyes


You are forgetting the accidental elbow that barely touched Brunson's face the other day when Tip got a fine. A league press release said it messed up Brunson's mascara so they had to fine Tip for it.




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Randy wrote:
SpaceJunkie wrote:
bballgrl wrote:
See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it. That why I can't stand the Sparks!


To be fair, the refs have pretty much established hitting someone in the face isn't a foul all season long, regardless of team/players involved. Rolling Eyes


You are forgetting the accidental elbow that barely touched Brunson's face the other day and Tip got a fine.


OTOH, when EDD hit tip in the face with an elbow it wasn't even a foul



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SpaceJunkie wrote:
bballgrl wrote:
See that, Nneka hit Jessica in the face and no foul call. Even the commentators said the refs were looking right at it. That why I can't stand the Sparks!


To be fair, the refs have pretty much established hitting someone in the face isn't a foul all season long, regardless of team/players involved. Rolling Eyes


If above the neck is a flagrant how can a hit in the face not be a foul. Really it just dependson who gets called for it. Had that been DT or BG it would have been a foul. Liz got someones arm across her throat which caused her to hit her head on the floor and it was just called a common foul. Funny how some teams can do whatever they want and others get called for every little thing. I've been watching the w since it's beginning but I am quickly losing interest.


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But it's looking like the Dream don't even need McCoughtry. Could they be better without her? Pilight usually asks that question.

Could they win this game without her? Sure. Could they hold onto the second seed without her? I mean, they still have the Liberty and the Aces, so if they win tonight, it's not going to take much more than that. Can they win the championship without her? I don't think that they can get to the Finals without her.



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Bentley's been balling the last 4 games.



Acquiring Bentley is really starting to pay off...Especially with Angel going down.


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Bentley's been balling the last 4 games.



Acquiring Bentley is really starting to pay off...Especially with Angel going down.


Bentley is very hit or miss though. She’s playing pretty good the last couple games. It won’t last and then you’ll be saying you wished you had Clarendon back, who might not be the flashy scorer Bentley can be, but she’s a much better player and teammate to have on your team than Bentley. Atlanta traded her a few years ago for nothing in return for a reason.




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