To bump their home record above .500, the Dream will have to do so at an unusual time for a weekday: noon. Though they will have to contend with the early tip-off to accommodate a "Kid's Day" promotion, the Dream's star guard-forward, Angel McCoughtry, was not concerned.
"Basketball is basketball," she said. "It doesn't matter what time it is. You still have to go out and play."
Meadors shared McCoughtry's thoughts, downplaying that the start time would pose problems. What Meadors didn't like was that her team lost a day to prepare for the Fever. After a 10-point win at New York Sunday, the Dream could not make it back to Atlanta until Monday, costing them the chance to walk-through the Fever's offensive and defensive systems. Instead, the team studied Indiana's film.
One positive is that McCoughtry said her left knee sprain is "feeling a lot better" than last week. She also admitted that the injury may have been a blessing in disguise, since extra conditioning work has her in better shape than before. And it's helped buttress her skills on the court as well.
"Honestly, if I hadn't hurt my knee, I wouldn't have been doing all that extra work I've been doing now," she said, "and it's really improving my game."
Dream to stay active despite Olympic break
Just because McCoughtry and Meadors will head off to London to join the U.S. Olympic team doesn't mean the rest of the Dream will sit around and await their return. Meadors said the rest of the team will be involved in community relations during the four-week Olympic break.
According to Meadors, the WNBA allows half of the team's players to go on vacation for the first week while the rest remain in Atlanta for community events and individual training. The halves then switch roles the following week. The final two weeks will include preparation for resuming regular-season play. The Dream's first game after the break will be at Chicago on Aug. 17.