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With sadness I am announcing that ATLSportsHQ.com will be decommissioned in the coming days. 

 

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College Park Is The Right Answer For The Atlanta Dream

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On Friday October 18th the Atlanta Dream announced that they would be moving to College Park and playing their home games at the new Gateway Center Arena. The Dream who had a forgettable 2019 season still managed to increase their attendance by about 2% over the 2018 season but still finished second to last in total attendance with 72,596. In the bigger State Farm Arena that holds 19,000 it often looked empty and never seemed to have that big game feel to it. The Gateway Center Arena seats 3500 and can be expanded to seat 5000 which means given the recent attendance figures the arena would essentially be a 17 game sellout giving it a more intimate game experience and the sound projection in a smaller venue will give it more of that big game feel to it.

The Dream completed it’s re-branding by also introducing a new logo scheme. The rising phoenix symbolizes the the city’s rise from the ashes of the Civil War to become a world city. The shooting star is left to represent the teams roots. The basketball represents the game itself and how the team pours its heart into each and every game. I think the logo is a great upgrade to what seemed like a dull color scheme before and I am excited to see it displayed both on the uniforms and around the arena next year.

All this combined with having the 4th pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft could mean for a potentially short turnaround back to prominence in the Eastern Conference for the Dream and fans should be excited for the future of this team and brand going forward.

Bob Lancaster

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Another Tale Of Two Halves As The Atlanta Dream Fall To The Connecticut Sun.

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The Atlanta Dream’s slide continued on Sunday afternoon as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 65-59 at State Farm Arena. It was the same story as previous losses as the Dream struggled in the first half going down 26-13 in the first period alone. Even though the Dream out scored the Sun in every other period it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit. Tiffany Hayes and Brittany Sykes were the leaders for the Dream as Hayes scored 14 points, with 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Sykes also had 14 points, with 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Sun were led by Jonquel Jones who posted a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Alyssa Thomas who also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Dream will look to end their 4 game skid on Saturday as they travel to Dallas to play the Wings who Atlanta defeated for their only win of the season 76-72 in the first game of the year.

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Bob Lancaster @bowlinbob

For the Fans: Vol 2

ATLSportsHQ Your source for all things Atlanta Sports. Built for the fans, by the fans.

Each week, I’ll take some time out to answer your questions. Feel free to DM me questions at any time and you’ll see them answered each Sunday (or Mondayish). Be sure to check out our weekly show ATLSportsHQ Live where we discuss all things going on in the sports world live and interactively Thursday’s at 8:45 on Youtube! Also be sure to check out GameTime Radio Sunday’s at 6 PM where me and fellow HQ writer Bob co-host with our good guy E-Dub from TheHawksBeat.

Let’s get right into it.

@SDZwald041599 | What major offseason moves do you think the Falcons make?

The Falcons absolutely must shore up both the offensive and defensive lines. They also need to take a look at restructuring some contracts in order to get some cap relief. Fortunately, Atlanta is very talented on both sides of the ball and if healthy there’s no reason this team shouldn’t be a contender next year.

@Bret_A27 | Is Vic Beasley a Falcon next season?

Yes. He will have to take a substantial pay cut however. This will be his last chance though.

@BowlinBob | Do you think the recruiting game has changed in the state of Georgia now that Tech has rid itself of the Triple Option offense? Does Georgia have to work double time to get these recruits? 

The recruiting game has changed definitely but there’s a huge BUT in my opinion. While Georgia Tech has one of the nicest campuses in the nation, they have a significant recruiting disadvantage. Most four and five star recruits go to school strictly for football and could care less about the actual education. Despite what the media may try to portray, these players at big schools such as Alabama, UGA etc aren’t really doing much “school”. But at Georgia Tech, you’re there for school too. And it pays off for your future. So it’s a give and take. You can really set your future up well going to play for Coach Collins at Tech. All in all, Tech will get some better recruits but I can’t envision any top five recruiting classes and/or making Kirby really sweat in Athens.

@_RMiller30 | What you gonna do when the Hawks make the playoffs this year? 

The Hawks absolutely are not making the playoffs this year. While the Hawks have greatly overachieved in the past two months, there’s no chance we can make up that much ground in the last 25-30 games.

 

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Way Too Early Atlanta Dream 2019 Mock Draft

It’s only the beginning for the Atlanta Dream under new head coach Nicki Collen 

The Atlanta Dream finished the 2018 season 23-11 with a playoff run for the ages. Their playoff run ended against the Washington Mystics after a valiant effort in the conference finals. Now we must look to the forward as the Dream finally have a playoff contending roster with 4 draft picks in the 2019 WNBA draft. This team doesn’t appear to have a glaring hole anywhere but these picks must be made. The following are my picks for the Atlanta Dream in the 2019 WNBA draft.

1st round-12th overall South Florida SF Kitija Laksa

Angel McCoughtry is on the downside of her career and after suffering a season-ending injury just before the playoffs began, the Dream should start thinking about the future of their small forward position.  In comes Kitija Laksa out of the University of South Florida who has scorer written all over her.

Laksa averaged 21.1 points, 1.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per contest. In her 3 years at USF Kitija Laska improved her totals each year and has become a leader for the South Florida Bulls. Here are her highlights from when she scored 41 points against 13th ranked Ohio State.

The Dream often lacked that certain scoring punch off the bench outside of Alex Bentley so adding Laksa to an already stacked roster could be what the Dream need to finally win the championship.

2nd Round- 21st overall USC SF Mariya Moore

Mariya Moore is a solid player who can certainly help the Dream as she is an excellent team player. In her junior season at the University of Louisville, she averaged 12.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per contest. Moore has all of the intangibles you look for when scouting a player. She can definitely add a threat from the perimiter to the 2nd unit should she be selected here with the 21st overall selection. Here are highlights from her stellar 24 point performance versus the Miami Hurricanes.

Mariya Moore is also willing to do the little things so that the team can get the win. Having a junkyard type of player can aid any team and lucky for the Dream she falls to them at the 21st overall pick.

2nd round- 23rd overall China C Li Yueru

Li Yueru has been rising up draft boards due to her impressive showing during the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup. She was tasked to defend Liz Cambage who is arguably the WNBA’s best center and did fairly well against her. Yueru is a traditional big and at standing at 6-foot-7 she can be a force if she can acclimate to the WNBA style of play. Yueru would definitely be a project pick but that is something you can definitely bank on picking in the latter part of the 2nd round.

Here are some of her best moments from the FIBA Women’s Cup in 2017

3rd round- 35th overall Louisville PG Arica Carter

3rd round picks are usually just on the team until training camp ends but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a diamond in the rough. Arica Carter is apart of a very stacked Louisville team so it should be very apparent that she is a part of the reason why they are as good as they are. Carter could battle Kristi Wallace for the 3rd point guard spot on the team. Competition creates better players and I believe Carter could be just the player to push Wallace as they both would be playing for the first time in the WNBA.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

Can Tiffany Hayes Step Up Her Game?

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The Atlanta Dream took on the Washington Mystics Sunday and lost 87-84. The Mystics appeared to be in control the entire game due to their sharpshooting. The Mystics were shooting 56% at halftime. This is alarming due to the Atlanta Dream being one of the top defensive teams in the WNBA.

At halftime, Atlanta Dream shooting guard Tiffany Hayes sat with only 6 points. This is something that just can’t happen especially in the playoffs. Hayes did finish game with 17 points but her overall performance was lackluster given the severity of the game.

The six-year pro will need to step her game up if she wants to lead the Atlanta Dream to the WNBA finals. Without all-star Angel McCoughtry, Hayes will need to lead this team as the spotlight shines on her.

To defeat the streaking Mystics the Dream need to step their foot on the gas and keep it there. Elena Delle Donne had her way with the Dream’s defense as she has been a tough cover all season. She finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds. The Dream will need to double team her and get the ball out of her hands as much as possible. Make the Mystics beat you without their superstar.

Offensively, the Dream needs to find their rhythm and that starts with Tiffany Hayes’s aggressiveness. Set the tone early and allow the game to be played at your pace. Canceling out EDD and highlighting Tiffany Hayes’s play will be keys to beating the Washington Mystics in game 2 of the WNBA semifinals.

Before I conclude this article I would be remiss if didn’t congratulate general manager Chris Sienko and head coach Nicki Collen for winning executive of the year and coach of the year respectively. Thank you for all that you do for the city of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Dream take on the Washington Mystics in game 2 of the WNBA semifinals tonight at 8PM at McCamish Pavilion. If you like to watch this game it will be streamed on ESPN2. Please support our fabulous ladies and cheer them on tonight. Lets go Atlanta Dream!

 

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

 

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Dream Hold Off Aces 93-78 Securing The No. 2 Seed In The WNBA Playoffs

The Atlanta Dream ended off the regular-season with a huge win over the Las Vegas Aces 93-78 Sunday evening to take the No. 2 Seed in the WNBA playoffs.

The entire game was an intense battle between both teams most of the first half the Dream trailed the Aces, but Renee Montgomery stepped up hitting back-to-back 3-pointers allowing Atlanta to go on a 10-0 run. To open the third quarter The Dream went on an 8-2 run the sealed the game in Atlanta’s favor.

Elizabeth Williams finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds, Jessica Breland finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Renee Montgomery also finished with 16 points and 9 assists.

The Dream who finished the regular season 23-11 will have byes through the first two single-elimination rounds of the playoffs and will have home-court advantage in the best-of-five semifinals.

Atlanta will play in the semifinals Sunday, August 26 3:00 PM against the winner of Round 2’s matchup between Connecticut and the winner between Dallas and Phoneix.

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