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Latricia Trammell will coach her first playoff game as head coach. After practice on Sept. 13, Trammell said she thinks the team has done an incredible job and she believes she’s seen it all since the Dream.

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“So knowing that with any team during the playoffs it’s a new season: 0-0 record. “It’s hard to beat a team four or five times, so we have to make sure we improve on what we already know and take it to another level.”

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Attack inside and out

Taking things up a notch is exactly what the Wings will need to win against a team that matches their pace. Atlanta finished the season leading the league in pace factor with 98.7. They allowed other teams to average 36% per game; while they had the worst three-point percentage at 31.7% during the regular season. The Wing has the size to make it happen. Three-time champion Natasha Howard said on Sept. 13 that the team’s height is what they’ve been able to maximize over Atlanta.

“We have a great post player, great athletic players and we make the most of it. Plus, so do our guards. We have an inside game and an outside game with our guards. Our guards have been doing a good job, attacking their guards, shooting threes and getting to the free throw line,” he said.

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Dallas Wings center Teaira McCowan fights for a rebound against Washington Mystics center Shakira Austin. (Photo credit: Domenic Allegra, The Next)

keep bouncing

Points in the paint could make the difference in this matchup. Dallas was first in the league in field goals attempted, averaging 73.2 per game. Still, the Wings finished the season third in scoring. The key to that was rebounding, where the team finished first in offensive rebounds. With two 6’7 centers in Teaira McCowan and Kalani Brown, Dallas should be able to keep Atlanta out of the paint, as their presence on the floor allows the Wings to spread the floor.

“We have to continue blocking. Everyone knows we’re a big rebounding team and they threw a lot of bodies on the rebound for extra opportunities, and that’s something we’ve emphasized,” Trammell said.

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Satou Sabally shoots in a game against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on May 26, 2022. (Photo Credit: Chris Poss | The Next)

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Be careful when shooting

The pace that Dallas plays has led to forced shots and turnovers throughout the season. Guard Arike Ogunbowale and forward Satou Sabally were named to the WNBA All-Second team and have been two of the most important offensive pieces on this team. Sabally scored 14 double-doubles and Ogunbowale was the sixth player in WNBA history to record more than 800 points in a single season.

When these two score low, the other starters can carry the load. The key is not missing shots when offensive play is interrupted, which could have been a factor in the team leading the league in shot attempts. If they can move the ball and look for the best shot, they could keep Atlanta on their heels.

Game 1 will take place on September 15 (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Sabally said the team is excited for a good basketball game.

“The playoffs are always exciting; “There are some nerves, but we can know what to expect, so I think it’s a little different than previous years… we’re just ready to play basketball.”

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