What we learned from the Atlanta Dream season opener

The Atlanta Dream started their season on the road versus the Dallas Wings.

The Atlanta Dream kicked off their season on the road against the Dallas Wings. It was also the return of their superstar Angel McCoughtry who took off last season to rest.

The Atlanta Dream came into this 2018 WNBA season with some new faces and a new head coach. There was much anticipation coming into this game considering Atlanta had a successful offseason signing some key new WNBA free agents. They faced the Dallas Wings who were playing in their home opener. Listed below are my brief thoughts on the Dream's season opener loss.

The first thing to notice was the change in lead guard. Layshia Clarendon, one of the WNBA's most improved players came off the bench. Renee Montgomery, who was one of the new faces to the team was the starter.

It was an interesting first quarter. The Dream actually started off the game well and lead 15 - 6 before the Wings settled in and tied the game at 22 apiece in the first quarter.

Angel McCoughtry's return to the floor was not great. She finished with 13 points (6/13), 3 rebs, 4 fouls in 24 minutes on the floor. She did, however, enter the 5000 points club in the WNBA. Congratulations to her on an incredible achievement.

The Dream's top new WNBA free agent Renee Montgomery finished with 14 points, 4 assists, and 4 fouls in her first game with her new team.

The Dream's other WNBA free agents Jessica Breland and Imani McGee - Stafford did not fare as well other. Breland finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds and McGee-Stafford only played 7 minutes of game action.

Meanwhile, the game got out of hand for the Dream in the second quarter. They only managed to score 15 points and their defense was not great. From halftime onwards, they could not get any closer and by the time the third quarter ended, the game had already been decided.

Both Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes were the only two bright spots of this game. They both played great despite the loss.

Atlanta's Elizabeth Williams struggled to contain Dallas's Liz Cambage. She would get her shot blocked, she could not score effectively as she had in previous seasons against the Wings.

There's not that much else to say regarding this game for the Atlanta Dream except that it was a bad loss. It was their first game of the season. Their chemistry still needs time to gel. It's way too early to put much stock in this game. They just need to move on and get ready for their next road game against the Chicago Sky.

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