Will the Dream’s nightmare end tonight?

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Maybe it was Friday the 13th. Or just the continuation of a bad dream.

Ok. Enough with the weak clichés. The Atlanta Dream is struck in a rut, winless after nine attempts and now carrying the third-longest losing streak to open a season in WNBA history. They limp into Houston tonight, though with the Comets at 2-7, there’s hope the nightmare might end.

They’ve showed signs of life this season and again on Friday before losing 76-67 to Indiana. (That’s where Friday the 13th comes in.) They continue to attract large crowds, pulling in 8,167 on Friday, and stars. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, John Abraham of the Atlanta Falcons and rapper Plies took in Friday’s game.

But then there’s the reality of life as an expansion team:

“I think that’s just how it’s going to be for us for the rest of the year. We’re an expansion team, and a lot of the other teams just don’t have the respect for us,” Dream forward Kristen Mann told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

With a loss tonight, the Dream would tie the Comets’ 10-game winless streak to open the 2007 season. At 13 losses, the Dream would match the 2002 season opener for the Detroit Shock. Let’s hope that’s one record the Dream doesn’t break.

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