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Atlanta's McCoughtry not cleared to play Sunday

Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, who has missed this WNBA season recovering from a knee injury suffered last year, will not appear in the Dream's final regular-season game on Sunday.

She had posted on social media recently that she hoped to play at least briefly in that game.

But the Dream released a statement Wednesday saying that McCoughtry "has not met the criteria to participate in game action until her knee gets stronger. With the goal of long-term health and return to competitive basketball the greatest priority, the Dream medical team and coaches want to avoid any potential setbacks."

McCoughtry, who turns 33 on Sept. 10, will still wear her uniform and participate in a ceremonial aspect of the game Sunday vs. New York in Atlanta.

She suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during a game against Las Vegas near the end of last season, on Aug. 7, 2018.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2009 out of Lousville, McCoughtry has played nine WNBA seasons and averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

The Dream has been to the WNBA Finals three times with McCoughty, in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She also won gold medals with the U.S. team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

"I am a competitor and I truly miss the game," McCoughtry said in a statement. "I attempted to return this season, but unfortunately I have not yet been cleared, and have been advised not to jeopardize any remaining years I have left to play professional basketball."