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Saturday open thread: Mystics, Nene & Team Brazil play in important games

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Discuss the games here.

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Saturday everyone.

The Wizards aren't on tonight. But one of Ted's teams is playing meaningful basketball to close out their season, and the Big Brazilian will play in a tune-up game for the World Cup.

Washington Mystics (16-17) vs. New York Liberty (13-19), 7 p.m.

Washington still has a WNBA team!? If this is your reaction, the Team USA vs. Team Brazil section's below.

Can I watch this on TV? No. But you can watch this game online for free on Monumental Network if you live within 75 miles of D.C. If you aren't, WNBA LiveAccess is your option (there is a fee).

But here's something to check out! We encourage you to Mystics Live application, which provides multi camera views of home games so you can choose exactly how you want to view the game, including today's.

You can also rewind in real time to review key plays. Here's just one snapshot of what the app looks like:

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The only catches with Mystics Live are these:

  • You can only use it on a mobile phone or tablet
  • You must be within 75 miles of D.C. to view the content.

Here is a link so you can download the application from the Apple or Google App stores. Overall, this is a really neat app. Would you like to see a Wizards version of this in the near future?

What's at stake? If the Mystics win, they are guaranteed a #3 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs with the possibility of being a #2 seed. This is their last regular season game before the playoffs.

Team USA vs. Team Brazil, 9 p.m.

Our formal preview's here. You can watch this on TV through ESPN or online through WatchESPN.

Nene will represent Team Brazil in a match that could be more even than it may appear on paper. Let's see how this game goes.

Kevin Durant "quit" Team USA?

We have talked previously about Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA due to offseason fatigue.

But according to a Friday column by Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops, he quit. The column implies that Roc Nation Sports, his agency was more concerned about trying to "cash in" on his NBA MVP award. This included making business decisions, including a possible move to Under Armour, which could have played a major distraction. #KD2DC doesn't exactly help either.

That's all I have. Enjoy the basketball everyone.