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Mystics at Mercury preview: Washington tries to snap three game skid

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The Washington Mystics (9-11) will head west to take on the Phoenix Mercury  (8-15) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, on Wednesday afternoon. A camp day, I believe.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona.
TV: WNBA League Pass, FSAZ.

Injury Report

Both teams should be good to go.

Keys to the Game


The Mystics did not win the first two meetings between these two teams. On May 29, they lost 93-77, and they had an equally poor showing on June 24, losing 91-79.

So here are some things to consider

1. Don't run under the basket indiscriminately if you are under six feet tall. Logical. Having your shot blocked six times is unacceptable.

2. The Mystics had 22 assists. Necesito.

3. Natasha Cloud had an epic 3 point night, hitting five in June. Not a single other Mystic hit one, they went 5-for-15. The Mystics hit 40 percent of their three's last game. I expect at least as much.

4. Intangibles include Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello knowing Meesseman's game as well as coach Thibault. Assistant coach Brondello for UMMC Ekaterinburg won a title with Meesseman in April, and then again in May. And Diana Taurasi will definitely get herself up for a game like this. As the data shows in their last contest.

Who Wins?

Can the Mystics win this one? Yes. Below, I have taken a snap of how the Mystics and the Mercury match up against the association, and in this instance, each other.

The Mercury defense is astonishing, no?

The Washington Mystics are out performing the Phoenix Mercury in several important defensive stats.

If the Styx can shoot properly, and simply execute, they should win this one. They do not have to over-play or get caught up in the theatrics the Mercury like to deal all-in on.

The things the Mystics need to do better is no secret.  And someone besides Meesse needs to step up.