Atlanta Dream Week 1 Recap

The Atlanta Dream started off their 2018 WNBA season with mixed results. They won their first game of the season at Chicago but lost both games to the Dallas Wings.

I have already written my thoughts on the Atlanta Dream season opener versus the Wings which you can read here.

This brief recap will be about the victory at Chicago and the home season opener loss to Dallas.

Atlanta Dream (81) vs Chicago Sky (63)

  • The Atlanta Dream got their first win of the 2018 WNBA season and the first ever WNBA win for head coach Nicki Collen.
  • The Dream never trailed in their victory
  • They were led by Tiffany Hayes who scored 22 points and Brittney Sykes who scored 13.
  • The Dream shot 46.5% while the Sky just shot 36.8% for the game.
  • They also outrebounded the Sky by 13 (41-28)
  • It was also a successful homecoming for Imani McGee-Stafford who was a previous member of the Chicago Sky.
  • It was also a good win for the Atlanta Dream as they recovered from the blowout loss against the Dallas Wings
  • This was a mid-afternoon game, and yet the Dream responded perfectly in their victory.

Dallas Wings (78) vs Atlanta Dream (70)

  • The Dream lost this game, and it was their second loss to the Dallas Wings. They lost the season series to the Wings.
  • Early on, it looked like the Dream were the better team and Elizabeth Williams was excellent.
  • The momentum changed when the Wings responded and the Dream did not shoot well.
  • Brittney Sykes helped bring some energy to the Dream and had some excellent blocks
  • There were some heated moments throughout the game and it was very evident that these two teams do not like one another
  • It was a very physical game.
  • The Dream shot just 28.6% for the game. They struggled all night long.
  • The Georgia Tech design will take some getting used to, especially because there's no signage of the Atlanta Dream logo anywhere.
  • Atlanta Dream is going to struggle against playing big centers such as Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles and Phoenix's Brittney Griner because they don't have the size to match up against them.
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