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Sun Vs. Dream: Atlanta Looks To Close Out Connecticut Today At Philips Arena

The Dream go for a series sweep of Connecticut this afternoon at Philips Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2

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Having stolen home court advantage from the Connecticut Sun, the Atlanta Dream will try and end the semi-finals series today at Philips Arena and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row. The Dream knocked off the Sun 89-84 on Friday, handing Connecticut just their third loss at home all season. 

In that game, Atlanta overcame foul trouble by Angel McCoughtry and closed out the game with her on the bench for much of the fourth quarter. Lindsey Harding stepped up scoring 10 of her game-high 21 points in the games final period. 

Atlanta won the game by dominating the boards which ignited their superior running game. The Dream won the battle of the boards 47-29 and outscored the Sun 17-2 in fast break points. Atlanta will be looking for a similar effort today as they try and close out the series. 

In Game 1, Erika De Souza won her match up with the Sun's MVP candidate Tina Charles. De Souza finished with 16 points and nine rebounds while Charles finished with 12 points and seven boards. The Dream in Game 2 will continue to try and make things difficult on Charles and her match up with De Souza will once again be key. 

Another point of emphasis for the Dream will be trying to control the three-point shooting of the Sun who finished with 8 for 14 in Game 1. 

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