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Mystics vs. Storm preview: Washington looks to get two in a row Tuesday

Stewart W. Small

The Mystics play the Seattle Storm on Tuesday. Here’s a quick rundown:

Game Info

Date and time: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 12 p.m. ET at Verizon Center

TV/Streaming: NBA TV or Monumental Sports Network locally

Who’s out? Emma Meesseman is still in Europe. But everyone else is good to go.

What to watch for

Can Washington slow down Seattle’s backcourt? Veteran sage Sue Bird leads the WNBA in assists per game with 7.7 per game and she’s 36 years old. Last time we saw these two teams, Jewell Loyd dropped 26 on D.C. and scored 17 in the first half. Washington can’t let that happen again if they are winning this game.

The EDD vs. Breanna Stewart matchup We’ll watch one of the WNBA’s best young frontcourt starts in Stewie take on one of the best frontcourt stars in her prime in EDD. This should be a fun matchup to see.

Two of the WNBA’s up and coming teams face off. The Mystics have built a homegrown and drafted nucleus over the years with EDD and Kristi Toliver coming in free agency last year. Once you take away EDD and Toliver, the Mystics don’t have a single player who was drafted in the top 3 of any year.

The Storm on the other hand built their entire nucleus through the draft with some acquisitions to round out the roster. Bird, Loyd, and Stewart were all number one picks that the Storm drafted in 2002, 2015, and 2016 respectively. Langhorne was acquired in 2014 as their primary frontcourt piece.

Either way, both teams are well coached, analytics-savvy, and want to play an NBA style game. It’s in the daytime, but this game should be a fun contest for all WNBA fans to see.