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Dream in tough spot vs. Lynx

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POSTED October 9, 2013 10:39 p.m.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Nothing has come easily for Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream against the Minnesota Lynx.

Game 3 of the WNBA finals could be just as tough.

Minnesota, which won each of the first two games by 25 points, might have somewhat of a homecourt advantage when Lynx forward Maya Moore returns tonight to the Gwinnett Arena.

The Dream were forced to move this elimination game to the northeast suburbs because of an ice skating show at their home court, Philips Arena.

Coach Fred Williams says the Dream’s fans need to counter a homecoming for Moore, who led nearby Collins Hill High School to three consecutive state titles at the Gwinnett Arena from 2005-07.

Williams knows Moore’s local following is substantial, particularly after she helped Connecticut win two straight NCAA championships and was named WNBA rookie of the year as the Lynx took the 2011 league title.

The Dream planned a light workout Wednesday night to help McCoughtry and others get familiar with the new surroundings. Atlanta is 15-5 at Philips Arena this year, 6-15 in other venues.

McCoughtry, the WNBA’s two-time defending scoring champion, has averaged just 28 percent from the field in four games against the Lynx this year.

Minnesota’s defense has stifled her attempts to take the ball to the rim, but McCoughtry credits the Lynx with having enough talent and depth to make it difficult for Atlanta to gain momentum on both ends of the floor.

The WNBA finals have been hard on the Dream, who have dropped to 0-10 in the championship round after losing three straight to Seattle in 2010 and three straight to Minnesota two years ago.

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