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Seattle Storm Win 2010 WNBA Title, Sweeping The Atlanta Dream

The Seattle Storm swept the Atlanta Dream 3-0 in the WNBA Finals to win their second WNBA Championship.

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President Barack Obama Congratulates The Seattle Storm

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President Obama made a congratulatory phone call to the Seattle Storm earlier today. On the call with President Obama were team owners Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel, CEO and President Karen Bryant and Storm center Ashley Robinson.

From a White House Office of the Press Secretary:

Earlier today, President Obama called members of the Seattle Storm organization, to congratulate them on winning the WNBA Finals for the second time, on their success during the regular season and their undefeated run in the playoffs. The President told them that they are an inspiration to everyone, especially his daughters. Members of the Storm organization on the call told the President that they appreciated his call and that it was a highlight for their organization. President Obama said he looks forward to congratulating them in person at the White House.

Again, big congratulations to the Storm.

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Game Three Win Is A Fitting End To The Storm's Magical Season

Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler has maintained throughout the playoffs that there isn’t much distance between this team that has gone undefeated during the playoffs and everyone else.

But what makes this team great is simple to anyone who has watched the entire season: it’s hard to remember a team with such a strong expectation to win every single time they hit the court, no matter what the circumstances, no matter who the opponent. It’s hard to remember a team in any sport for whom anything short of winning was a disappointment on almost every single occasion, slow starts or late deficits notwithstanding.

So it’s fitting that the Seattle Storm won their second championship tonight by ending the fourth quarter on a 14-1 run to sweep the Dream in Game Three of the WNBA Finals 87-84.

And as usual, the third quarter was by no means perfect – the Dream started off the third playing as well as they had played all season, forcing the Storm out of their sets and into rushed decision making and a rash of turnovers. They were playing the passing lanes and getting out in transition.

But then Storm forward Swin Cash hit a three with the Storm down six and the flood gates opened, led by their All-Star trio: she got hot, Bird got hot, and Lauren Jackson started finding looks after being held to four points in the first half.

Heading into the fourth quarter down by seven points, the fought valiantly, never quite showing signs of giving up. But ultimately the Storm overwhelmed them as they have done everyone in the league all year.

Although few people would have found reason to doubt the Storm taking one of two games in Atlanta to win the championship, it was difficult to predict a sweep because you had to figure at home that the gutsy Dream weren’t simply going to fold and the first two games.

Then again, imagining ways to beat this team and actually bringing that about have been two clearly distinct tasks this season.

That’s why they’re coming back to Seattle with hardware.

The Seattle Storm organization will host a postgame 2010 WNBA Championship Rally tonight and are encouraged to join Doppler, Matt Pitman and in-arena host Shellie Hart on KeyArena’s West Plaza located on the Seattle Center Campus.

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Seattle Storm Win 2010 WNBA Title, Sweeping The Atlanta Dream

The Seattle Storm won the 2010 WNBA championship by defeating the Atlanta Dream 87-84 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in Atlanta's Philips Arena on Thursday night. The Storm swept the Dream 3-0 in the best-of-five series.

The Storm played focused, solid basketball throughout Game 3, running out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and, after the Dream fought back, breaking the game open again late in the second half by holding the Dream without a field goal for more than 6 minutes in the fourth quarter. They survived a scary final minute sequence that saw the Dream miss two potential game-tying three-pointers.

The Storm offensive attack featured balanced scoring with all five starters hitting for double figures. Forward Swin Cash led the way with 18 points, WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson added 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Sue Bird tacked on 14 points and 7 assists.

Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with 35 points in a losing effort. Iziane Castro Marques also added 21 points for Atlanta.

The title is the first for Seattle Storm head coach Brian Agler. The title is the second for Seattle's Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird, who each were a part of Seattle's 2004 Championship squad. It was the third for Swin Cash, who won two titles with the Detroit Shock in 2003 and 2006. 

2010 WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson was named 2010 WNBA Finals MVP. Jackson averaged 22 points and 8 rebounds in the WNBA Finals. "I just think our team totally dominated the league this year," Jackson said Thursday night as she accepted the award.

Here's the box score courtesy of WNBA.com.

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How Armintie Price's Ankle Injury Could Affect The Dream

As relayed by Kevin Pelton of StormBasketball.com, the Atlanta Dream might be forced into one adjustment with Armintie Price questionable to for Game Three.

STORM: Insider Preview - Storm vs. Atlanta (Game 3)
Meadors may not have a choice when it comes to changing her lineup. Armintie Price, who has started throughout the postseason, rolled her left ankle late in Game 2 and did not return to the floor. While the AP reported X-rays were negative, Price may not be able to play just two days later. If so, the Dream could go back to a bigger starting lineup with Erika de Souza in the middle. Meadors likes de Souza coming off the bench, but there is no natural replacement for Price among the team's other wing players.

Of course, being that  it's Game Three of the WNBA Finals with the Dream down 2-0, there's a chance that Price guts it out and plays.

But if she can't play, it will probably force the Dream to go to their bigger lineup featuring two posts, which has actually been quite effective for them throughout the playoffs despite the attention given to inserting Price and Coco Miller into the lineup.

What Price brings to the game is tenacity on both ends of the floor and statistically her aggression shows up most in her ability to get to the free throw line -- she's an athletic, physical player on the wing and when she gets moving in transition there's little to do but foul her or hope she misses the layup. But in Game 1, it was Price guarding Sue Bird for most of the game and doing a good job of helping to disrupt the Storm's offense.

That said, the team has played well with their bigger lineup -- there's a reason they held the Storm to four offensive rebounds in Game 2 -- and with Kelly Miller recently returning from injury, they might be able to find a combination that helps them avoid a sweep.

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