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Closing time! Much like the last day of school, we'll be looking to the final bell so we can head to vacation. For the New York Liberty, a break will be needed after losing to the Indiana Fever on Friday night. The loss was their fifth straight and 14 out of last 15 in Joe Tsai’s first season as owner.

The opponent this afternoon will be the Atlanta Dream. It's been a disappointing year in the ATL and they'll be looking to bounce back in 2020. They lost to the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night.

Where to follow the game

ESPN3 and league pass will be the places to go. Tip off after 4 p.m. ET.

Injuries

No Asia Durr. The second overall pick in the WNBA Draft missed the second half of the season with a groin issue.

Angel Mccourtney had been trying to make it back for this game, but her knee injury will cause her to miss this game, and thus, the entire 2019 season. We'll talk about her more in a bit.

The game

Where ever you work, the relationship you have with management is of the utmost importance. You have to trust and believe that the decision makers are looking out for you and will help out when needed. For McCourtney, an offseason of trade rumors and recovering from injuries has her looking at Dream management differently these days:

“You’ve given your blood sweat and tears, and it’s like when you get hurt, you want them to have patience with you. I’ve had patience with playing all these years, wanting to have a championship team. I’ve had patience with scoring 30, 40 points to help us win. I’ve had patience missing funerals with family members to play because I love the franchise. So this is where you would think the franchise would have patience with you. But sometimes it’s just a business.”

How you manage relationships with your stars is of the utmost importance, and the Dream have some making up to do.

If there's any silver lining to all this losing, it's that the Liberty could have the top pick in the 2020 Draft. We'll discuss their options the closer we get to the big day.

Player to watch: Tiffany Hayes

As the Dream's go to scorer, a lot of their offensive struggles fall on to Hayes' shoulders. ATL is last in scoring, averaging only 90 points per 100 possessions. Hayes had been someone who made a living at the free throw line, but her free throw rate has dipped each of the past three seasons. Things are tough when you're the team's best and sometimes only scoring option.

Kia Nurse will look to end her year on a good note. After consistently leading the team in minutes throughout the year, she's seen her minutes decrease in each of the past three games. With some new additions to the team next year, it's going to be interesting to see how Nurse adjusts her game.

Jam session

Let's wrap the season up with Jilly from Philly