Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Arena at the Gwinnett Center has hosted the SEC's women's basketball tournament and games in the NCAA women's tournament. Now it will be the site for WNBA postseason games.
Forced out of Philips Arena by Sesame Street Live this weekend, the Atlanta Dream will play their home games during the opening-round series against WNBA defending champion Detroit in Duluth.
The best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinals will begin Wednesday at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., and then move to the Arena. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Game 3, if needed, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Dream grabbed the No. 2 seed in the East a year after finishing 4-30 as an expansion team. Atlanta and Detroit both finished with 18-16 records, but the Dream got the extra playoff game in a tiebreaker after going 3-1 against the Shock during the regular season.
Detroit was one of the hottest teams in the league at the end of the regular season, though, winning nine of 11 games.