Atlanta Dream (9-10) at Chicago Sky (8-9)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Allstate Arena
TV: Comcast CN100
Last time: On July 13, the visiting Dream lost to the San Antonio Silver Stars 91-70 and the host Sky lost to the Connecticut Sun 80-78.
Skinny: Long time, no see! It has been just more than a month since the Sky has been in action, thanks to the WNBA's month-long Olympic break. Center Sylvia Fowles and forward Swin Cash return to Chicago with gold medals after helping the U.S. women defeat France in the championship game. Fowles and Cash were Olympic teammates with Dream guard Angel McCoughtry, who left for London as the WNBA's leading scorer at 22.6 points per game. … Just behind McCoughtry on the league scoring list is Sky guard Epiphanny Prince, who is expected to make her comeback Friday from a broken right foot. She was averaging 22.3 points per game when she went down in Indianapolis against the Indiana Fever on June 16. She has not played since and has spent the last two months rehabbing. … The loss of Prince, who engineered several amazing come-from-behind victories over the course of the Sky's historic 7-1 start, has been difficult to overcome. The Sky lost eight of its nine games without Prince, including its last four before the Olympic break. The Sky's last win dates all the way to July 1. The Sky defeated the Dream 71-69 in that game. … The Sky is 2-0 against Atlanta this season, but like the Sky, the Dream has not been playing at full strength. Erika de Souza, a 6-foot-5 center who averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, missed the entire first half of this season to train with the Brazilian national team in preparation for the Olympics. She is scheduled to make her season debut Friday. … Both the Dream and the Sky are 6 games behind the Eastern Conference leader Connecticut Sun, tied for third place in the standings.
Next: Sky at Washington Mystics, 3 p.m. Sunday
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