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Top Stories of the Week: Mystics advance in the playoffs, Wizards training camp around the corner

Washington Wizards v New York Knicks Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

I hope everyone has enjoyed their weeks. Labor Day has passed and fall weather has started coming along. That means NBA basketball’s on its way! The Mystics are also still playing games with the WNBA playoffs underway right now. So lets get to a quick run-through of what happened this past week.

Mystics advance to the second round of the playoffs

The Mystics lost six of their last eight games and limped into to the playoffs. That usually spells an early first round loss. Though they were hosting a playoff game at home in the WNBA’s new playoff format, Washington didn’t win a playoff game at home since 2004, and they didn’t advance past the first round since 2002.

On Wednesday, they hosted the Dallas Wings and defeated them 86-76 after letting Dallas evaporate double digit leads toward the end of the first half, and things were looking quite bad in the fourth quarter as well.

Though Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman played the way that All-Stars do with big scoring performances, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also came up huge, stopping a Dallas run in the fourth quarter and repping the DMV like few can.

The Mystics head on the road to face the New York Liberty tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. Here are some more links on the Mystics:

Wizards are closer to training camp

The biggest news from a basketball game perspective was Tomas Satoransky’s performance in EuroBasket 2017 for the Czech Republic. Though he had a couple strong performances during group play, the Czechs ended up 1-4 in Group Play and won’t advance to the Round of 16 stage this go-round and his last game was a whimper. Overall, I hope he’s going to get some more time to play at point guard, and that his jump shot improves a bit as well. Speaking about Satoransky, we also had a roundtable last Thursday to talk about whether the Wizards are developing in an optimal fashion.

And here are some more links on the Wizards along the way:

And that’s it.

Before I finish, our thoughts go out to the people in Antigua and Barbuda, the Netherlands (Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba), France (Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Guadaloupe), the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico since these places were all hit by Hurricane Irma this week.

Our thoughts also go out to Florida since the storm will hit the peninsula later today and tomorrow. Former NBA star Tim Duncan wrote a column on The Players’ Tribune asking for your help, and here’s another link and another with more resources.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends.