While Atlanta mopes, Dream provides ray of hope

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“Once I get somewhere, I kind of like to stay where I am,” Meadors said. “We’ll just figure it out. But we will go little for the first game.”

Atlanta is back in the final for the second year in a row. Last season, as a fourth-place team, the Dream won two playoff series before getting swept by Seattle in three tight games.

That experience could be an advantage against Minnesota, which went six seasons without making the playoffs before soaring to the league’s best record (27-7) this season.

“We’ve been there,” Meadors said. “We know what it took to get there. Now we know what it takes to win it. We’re going to do our best to bring that championship back to Atlanta.”

Both Meadors and McCoughtry said there was no fallout from their clash Tuesday when the star didn’t want to come out of the game late in the first half after picking up her second foul. McCoughtry was clearly peeved when she finally went to the bench.

“Oh, she’s done that before,” Meadors said. “You just have to be the veteran coach and just ignore it, don’t look at her. No eye-to-eye contact and you’re in good shape.”

McCoughtry shrugged off the incident.

“I’m fine. It’s just one of those things,” she said. “We want to win. That’s just my competitive nature of wanting to win. You live and you learn. I’m a young player. I’m learning.”

She sounded more concerned about getting a big turnout for Game 3.

“The fans are going to help us,” McCoughtry said. “That’s why we need to have a sold-out crowd.”

It’s not like there’s any other playoff games going on in Atlanta.

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