Open Thread: The Atlanta Dream hosts the Washington Mystics at 7:00 PM ET on NBA TV

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

One game for Wednesday between what could be a potential first round playoff matchup. It's on NBA TV and in the Atlanta area, turn on Fox Sports South.

At this point in the season I don't think the Dream (14-11) can claim the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, even with the Sky having played three more games than ATL. That said, this team looks to beat the Mystics after losing to them last Friday on the road.

For the Mystics (13-15), they want to get two of two against ATL, and if this team wants to be perceived of having a realistic chance of getting to the Eastern Conference Finals for any reason besides Mike Thibault is their man in charge, yeah, winning this game would be a step in that direction.

Zack yesterday posted his piece on his take of the Mystics this season where he gave some takes on Mike Thibault saying that he doesn't like being mediocre and wants this team to contend as soon as possible, but he also wouldn't like this team to be stacked with lottery picks over a long period of time.

That puts me in a position of conflict not just with fandom, but also with the direction of this team. For now, I'm just going to leave it at that because I'm very angry with the conflict the Mystics have right now, but I want the season to play out before giving a premature rant, though I probably have many times in the comments, and I do tend to write with my emotions on my sleeve no matter what.

Lastly, if you haven't checked it out already, here's a statement that is probably a bit controversial to some: Trudi Lacey deserves some credit for the 2013 Mystics team. Click here to read more on why.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in the Washington, DC National Mall

The famous speech that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. gave was recited 50 years ago today. Here's a video of this iconic moment in American history:

Dr. King recited it in DC. He was from Atlanta. Atlanta and DC are playing today. I don't know if the scheduling of this game is coincidental, or intentional, but that adds a layer on this.

And now, some tweets from various DC sports players and teams in addition to Michelle Snow's tweet that Nate embedded:

The Random SB Nation Song of the Day

Everyone likes picking on me for one country turned pop singer here. Yeah, I don't really consider Taylor Swift's recent music country compared with her older stuff. But I have a soft spot for more female country singers than Taylor Swift. So here's Carrie Underwood with "See You Again."

That's all I have, let's see which team wins tonight's game.

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