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Is Tanisha Wright right to publicly call out her players, or should she handle it behind closed doors?

The Atlanta Dream played valiantly against the Dallas Wings yesterday, especially in the second half of a close 85-82 loss at College Park Center. However, the effects of their roster injuries were visible on the court as they ran short of players to guard on the defensive. This strengthened Dallas on both ends of the court.

Unfortunately, the Dream too had a season-high of 28 turnovers and could shoot only 34-of-61 from the field making up to 56% on the collective. Now, analyzing the tough game, Atlanta’s coach Tanisha Wright made some stern remarks about her team’s disappointing performance.

Tanisha Wright pointing the obvious

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In the postgame interview, Coach Wright detailed the shortcomings of the Dream’s performance in the game while pressing upon the readiness they require to face their upcoming opponents, the Connecticut Sun, and said, “I mean you can’t win a lot of games when you got 29 turnovers, you allow 40 points off of those turnovers, don’t make free throws, we can just talk about just simply those two different things. So, we got to get some toughness in us and we got to go to the Connecticut game, we got to try to pop them.”

Then, Coach Wright was asked about the team attempting only 6 shots beyond the arc, the lowest by any WNBA team since 2021. She clarified that this outcome was just the flow of the game and not an intentional one. “No, it was just the flow of the game just the flow of the game. It wasn’t intentional, just the way the game happens,” and added how the Dream made up for that in the paint, “I mean, we had 56 points in the paint. So, you try to attack what’s working for you, that clearly was working for us.”

The Atlanta Dream is currently ranking 5th in the Eastern Conference Division and has had 7 wins and 12 losses so far. And, it will be no joke playing against Connecticut without Jordin Canada, Rhyne Howard, and Aerial Powers as their key players.

It was a tough game for the Dream to clinch that win, however, Tina Charles did have something to celebrate.

Tina Charles climbing up the scoring ladder

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In the game, Charles scored 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. However, her 10th point of the game turned significant as with it she surpassed Tamika Catchings with 1 point and claimed the No. 3 spot on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.

Much harder to catch up, the list is being led by WNBA veteran Diana Taurasi with 10, 423 points, Tina Thompson with 7, 488 points at 2nd.

Overall, with their injury-stricken scenario, the Dream needs to step up and get tough as the season moves ahead and they enter into competition with some of the league’s tough contenders.

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