Thoughts on the Dallas Wings home opener

The Dallas Wings had their season opener versus the Atlanta Dream.

The Dallas Wings had their home opener versus the Atlanta Dream and it was a success as they had their first major blowout win of the season. After their disappointing road loss against the Mercury, they rebounded well at home to earn their first victory of the 2018 WNBA season. Listed below are my brief thoughts on the second game of the Wings season.

 The Dallas Wings were much better in their home opener then they were in Phoenix on the road. They ended the first quarter tied at 22 apiece. The game was exciting and went back and forth through out the first quarter as both teams were getting used to the game.

From the second quarter onwards, the Wings took control and never looked back. They managed to score 37 points in that pivotal second quarter that changed the game. They held Atlanta to just 15 points in that quarter. They managed to get the ball inside to Liz Cambage but still were able to run and get their points in transition.

That second quarter ultimately was too much for the Atlanta Dream to overcome. The way the Wings played in that second and third quarter should be the blueprint for their season. Find ways to get the ball to Liz Cambage but at the same time, find ways to run in the open floor.

Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith had their way against the Atlanta Dream. The Dream had no answers for either player. Cambage finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds in just 27 minutes and Diggins-Smith finished with 25 points and 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Although those two had a very efficient afternoon, I felt the player of the game was Kayla Thornton. She was able to be effective and managed to defend against Atlanta's guards.

This was a much better game in every sense of the word for the Dallas Wings. Even though they were missing Glory Johnson (who is sidelined for four weeks) they did not skip a beat. They shot better, they got to the FT line more and everyone who was not injured played in this game.

Kaela Davis had her second solid game and I would put her in the running for WNBA 6th woman of the year award. She finished with 15 points and 5 assists.

The Dallas Wings as a whole team played great and limited Atlanta in their transition game. It turned into a blowout early and lasted throughout the entire game. The Dream were never able to come back from the halftime deficit.

With this win, the Wings improve to 1-1 on the season. They face a tough task in their next game as they take on reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx and Sylvia Fowles on the road.

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