Dream coach Marynell Meadors said her team is "totally the underdogs," and she likes it.
“I think it gives you more incentive to win," she said.
Dream guard Angel McCoughtry said her team is used to proving people wrong this season.
No big deal
Don’t look for McCoughtry to have any lingering effects from her game Tuesday, when she set an all-time league playoff record with 42 points in the Dream’s 105-93 victory against the New York Liberty.
“That game won’t sink in until we get our [championship] rings,” McCoughtry said.
McCoughtry said she wasn't playing differently against the Liberty when she found herself in a scorer's duel with Cappie Pondexter, who scored 36 points (the league's third-best playoff scoring performance).
“I just wanted to win the game,” McCoughtry said. “It was nothing new.”
Seattle was 2-0 against the Dream this season. The Storm snapped the Dream’s season-opening six-game winning streak with a 90-72 victory in Seattle on June. 1.
Seattle defeated the Dream 80-70 in Philips Arena on Aug. 10.
"We've got to take care of the big three [Bird, Cash and Jackson] for them," said Dream assistant coach Carol Ross, who serves as defensive coordinator.
Ross said plenty of past WNBA championship teams have had the same thing Seattle has -- three great players on their roster. That’s why Seattle is a tough matchup.
“You want to limit the touches of the best players on the floor, whoever that is at any given moment,” Ross said. “Everybody has to lock up and play defense.”
Ross said the Dream will have to change up the way they play their man-to-man and zone defenses because Seattle does a good job of scoring in its half-court offense and on the fast break.
“We’ve got to be ready to do whatever it takes,” she said.