Dream swingman Angel McCoughty will likely be an essential piece for the Dream's 2013 season. - Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

2013 Atlanta Dream Season

The Atlanta Dream tries to reach its fifth straight playoff appearance and its third Eastern Conference Championship in four years for 2013.

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Alton Byrd, Atlanta Dream CRO Interview

The newest major hire at the Atlanta Dream front office is Alton Byrd, in the position of revenue officer. We get to ask him what his new job entails, the role of new media, what the Dream has to offer smaller companies...and how he ended up as the GM of an NFL Europe team.


Phoenix gets quality win over Dream

On Fan Appreciation Day - the final regular season home game for the Atlanta Dream - 9,740 fans weren't enough to keep Atlanta from losing to the Phoenix Mercury.


N.Y.'s playoff hopes still alive after Friday loss

Even after losing another game in familiar fashion on Friday night, the New York Liberty still have hope to make the WNBA playoffs.


McCoughtry and de Souza lead Atlanta

Just the Facts, Ma'am: The Atlanta Dream put four players in double figures and took over the game in the second quarter to beat the New York Liberty 70-57. Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 16 points, adding seven rebounds; Érika de Souza had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kara Braxton led New York with 17 points before fouling out.

For flailing at fail, missing wheelchairs, late nights on the E train, runaway centers, and a lingering agony, join your intrepid and crumby blogger after the jump.


Depleted Dream lose in overtime to Mystics

Without Tiffany Hayes (knee) and Armintie Herrington (concussion) the Dream found themselves short handed against visiting Washington. They led for most of the game, but a late push by the Mystics handed Atlanta an 85-80 overtime loss.


Sky, Delle Donne put lid on Dream

"Three to see" sensation Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points as the Chicago Sky beat Atlanta 67-56. The Dream were held to a franchise low 28.6 shooting percentage.


Dream shake Lynx jinx with fourth quarter win

The Dream broke a nine-game losing streak against Minnesota stretching to 2010 with an 88-75 home win. Tiffany Hayes matched her career high with 23 points.


Hayes sparks Dream to win over Mystics

Atlanta guard Tiffany Hayes tied her career high with 23 points in just 24 minutes to lead the Dream to a 76-58 victory over the visiting Washington Mystics.


Atlanta beats San Antonio, moves to 10-1 in East

The Atlanta Dream keep their Eastern Conference lead with a 93-67 win over the wounded San Antonio Silver Stars at Philips Arena with the best start in Atlanta Dream history.


Mystics come up short in home opener

The Mystics fell to .500, while the undefeated Dream impressed with their third comfortable victory of 2013.


Dream 98, Shock 81

The Dream shot over 50% while the Shock shot well under 40% which made the margin of victory no surprise in this game, which also sends a message that Atlanta figures to be in the Eastern Conference picture for real, especially if the Dream can play like this for most of this season.

For ATL, Sancho Lyttle led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to keep the Dream in control of this game where there really wasn't any question on which team had the upper hand.

For the Tulsa Shock, Riquna Williams led the way with 22 points and four steals but she also got 22 points in 18 shots and she only made a third of those shots. Liz Cambage came back in her first WNBA game since 2011 and had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a solid effort off the bench. The player who we all came to watch tonight and who's signing autographs for Dream fans now, okay, Skylar Diggins had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in her regular season debut on 4 of 13 shooting, which wasn't quite the start that she hoped for.

Atlanta has nearly a week to regroup and get ready for a road game against Indy on May 31 in a battle of the last two Eastern Conference champs. Tulsa will head back home and hold its home opener in a nationally televised afternoon game against Tayler Hill and the Washington Mystics, a much easier team for the Shock to beat before a four game road trip or streak that goes from the East to West coast in this order: New York on 5/31, Chicago on 6/2, Seattle on 6/7, and Los Angeles on 6/8.


WNBA preview: Three keys to the Dream's season

Rather than the more exhaustive statistical preview, we'll just rehash the key points for the Dream's season. For more on the major moves in the Dream's offseason, check out our offseason storystream.


Dream waive Carter, Kraayeveld to finalize roster

The Atlanta Dream announced today that they have waived guard Sydney Carter and veteran forward Cathrine Kraayeveld in addition to suspending forward Yelena Leuchanka to finalize their roster at 11 players.

That means a pair of somewhat surprising rookies have made their roster: 31st pick Anne Marie Armstrong from Georgia and Courtney Clements of San Diego State, who went unselected in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Clements was the leading scorer (17.9 ppg) for a talented San Diego State team that fell in the Mountain West Conference title game back in March. Armstrong's most memorable moment to many women's college basketball fan probably came in the Elite Eight in a dramatic loss to the California Golden Bears.

For more on the Dream's, check out our offseason storystream.


Meet and Greet with Diggins postgame! In Atlanta!

If you log on to the Atlanta Dream's website, you will see a splash page with an ad to buy tickets against the Tulsa Shock and also with dates to see the Chicago Sky and the Phoenix Mercury which have Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner respectively. But in addition on the main site, the Dream sells a $100 two ticket package where fans can meet the Tulsa Shock guard post game. Even though I'm a fan of Diggins' game myself and look forward to seeing her in DC on June 30, this thing cannot go without a complaint.


Dream waives Alverson, Swanier

During halftime of the Atlanta Dream's 97-47 win over Brazil last night, James Bowman wondered aloud in his live blog about who would be left off the final 11-player roster for this season.

7:58 PM: End of first half. Dream up 41-26. A friend of mine are trying to figure out the final eleven. Someone has to go home. But who? Clements? Kraayeveld? Swanier? I expect it won't be Bentley or Thomas.

The Dream have answered part of that today by waiving Blanche Alverson and Ketia Swanier, per a team release.

Last season with the Dream, Swanier wasn't particularly efficient as a distributor or scorer behind starter Lindsey Harding, including a career-low 16.7% 3-point percentage. But waiving Swanier assures that the Dream will be relying on young point guards to run their offense this year, whether that be Alex Bentley, Sydney Carter, or Jasmine Thomas.

And based on their current roster size, one of those three would still be logical to released.

For more on the Dream's offeseason, visit our Atlanta Dream offseason storystream.


Round 3, Pick 7: Atlanta adds Ann Marie Armstrong

With the 31st pick in the draft, the Atlanta Drea selected Georgia's Ann Marie Armstrong.

You may remember her name because she made a big play in the Elite Eight against Cal.


Round 2, Pick 1: Atlanta selects Alex Bentley

Wows: She's extremely quick and had among the highest steal percentages in the nation. That allowed her to slice through the defense as well as any PG in this draft to set up teammates for shots and she can be deadly in transition, nice fit for Atlanta.

Wonders: She wasn't an especially efficient distributor and had a low assist ratio compared to past point guard prospects. How efficiently will she be able to run a pro offense?

Worries: The big knock on her is her scoring efficiency and her inconsistent jumper. At her size, that could make it very difficult for her to be an effective offensive player.


Mystics Trade Thomas for 7th and 19th Draft Picks

Today, the Atlanta Dream announced that it has acquired guard Jasmine Thomas as well as the 13th overall pick in the 2013 Draft from the Washington Mystics. Washington acquired the 7th and 19th overall picks in the 2013 Draft from the Dream.


Atlanta signs Aneika Henry, Le'coe Willingham

The Atlanta Dream have announced today that they have re-signed Aneika Henry and signed unrestricted free agent Le'coe Willingham, who played for the Chicago Sky last season.


Angel McCoughtry signs deal with Atlanta

Angel McCoughtry, a restricted free agent, has resigned with the Atlanta Dream.


How do you replace Lindsey Harding?

With Lindsey Harding going to the Los Angeles Sparks, is there any way for the Atlanta Dream to replace what she brought to the team?


Lindsey Harding signs with the LA Sparks

Today, the Los Angeles Sparks announced that they have signed guard Lindsey Harding to a contract. Harding last played for the Atlanta Dream where she has developed into one of the strongest point guards in the WNBA over the last two seasons. Harding was also one of this season's most notable unrestricted free agents.


What should the Dream do in the offseason?

The 2012 Atlanta Dream team reached its fourth straight playoff appearance, losing in the first round to the eventual champion Indiana Fever. The Dream also faced some drama in the middle of the season when then-head coach Marynell Meadors was terminated soon after the Olympic break ended and was subsequently replaced by Fred Williams, who then suspended star swingman Angel McCoughtry, though she did return for the team's playoff run. With all that said, how will Coach Williams retool the roster?


Interview with Dream head coach Fred Williams

Fred Williams talks shop with Swish Appeal and discusses what the Dream is looking for in the WNBA Draft, the Dream's number one goal in training camp, and the nickname Cheryl Miller game him...and more.


Ashley Preisinger Becomes Dream CEO

Presinger takes over as first female Atlanta Dream exec.

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