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How Armintie Price's Ankle Injury Could Affect The Dream

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

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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.