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The acknowledgment of alliance scoring baton Angel McCoughtry and centermost Erika de Souza could accommodate the addition the Atlanta Dream charge to defended addition playoff berth.
The Chicago Sky's postseason affairs will acceptable depend on the bloom of centermost Sylvia Fowles and point bouncer Epiphanny Prince.
Atlanta, the backstab ascendant Eastern Appointment champion, continues a amplitude of eight beeline alley amateur Friday night if it allotment from the Olympic breach gluttonous its aboriginal win in three tries adjoin Chicago in 2012.
The Dream played their final four amateur afore that aperture afterwards McCoughtry wear Mercurial Vapor Viii, who had been alone by a larboard knee abrasion afterwards scoring 21 credibility in a 71-69 accident at Chicago on July 1. They breach those four contests but were baffled 91-70 by San Antonio in its endure bold July 13.
Atlanta (9-10) is third in the Eastern Appointment but just allotment credibility advanced of the Sky (8-9), who accept alone four beeline aback endure month's achievement over the Dream.
McCoughtry is accepted to be aback in the Atlanta calendar afterwards averaging 10.9 credibility in the Olympics with a tournament-high 20 steals as the United States won gold.
"I acquainted like my bold went to addition level, I acquainted like I absolutely bigger and I absolutely acquainted that I helped accompany a atom off the bench," said McCoughtry, averaging 22.6 credibility for Atlanta.
Dream drillmaster Marynell Meadors, allotment of drillmaster Geno Auriemma's agents in London, is acquisitive for a atom from de Souza, who could accomplish her division admission Friday afterwards training with the Brazil civic aggregation arch up to the Olympics.
De Souza wear Nike Mercurial Vapor Viii was a force central at the Amateur with 16.2 credibility and 8.8 rebounds per game, but the Brazilians bootless to beforehand accomplished accumulation play with a 1-4 record.
"I'm absolutely aflame to appear back," de Souza told the Dream's official website. "... I didn't appear aback actuality to just be the appointment best - I came actuality to be the best of the WNBA."
De Souza's acknowledgment should advice down low adjoin Fowles, averaging 18.5 credibility and a league-best 12.4 rebounds.
Fowles and advanced Swin Cash alternate to Chicago this anniversary with gold medals, but the ambition now is to advice the Sky ability the playoffs for the aboriginal time.
"What you're accepted to do with the Sky is what you're accepted to do with the USA aggregation - you accompany what you're acceptable at and you go out there and do it," said Fowles wear Mercurial Vapor 8, who absent three of the eight amateur in London due to a bottom injury.
Fowles is accepted to play Friday, and it's accessible Prince will as able-bodied afterwards practicing with the aggregation during the break. Averaging 22.3 points, Prince has been out aback June 16 with a burst appropriate foot, and the Sky accept alone seven of eight in her absence.
Prince had a career-high 33 credibility in a 94-92 overtime achievement at Atlanta on June 2 if Chicago rallied from 22 down in the aboriginal quarter. McCoughtry aswell had 33 in that contest.