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Mystics vs. Wings Preview: Washington meets Dallas for the first time on the road

Hopefully Liz Cambage won’t set any records in this one.

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Game Info

When: Thursday, July 19 at 8 P.M. ET
Where: College Park Center in Arlington, Texas
How to watch: ESPN 2

Injuries

Mystics: None.

Wings: Theresa Plaisance (ACL, Questionable), Karima Christmas-Kelly (Knee, Out)

Pregame Notes

Game of the Night

Washington and Dallas both are at 13-9 going into this game, as are the Atlanta Dream. All three are in the thick of a tight battle for second through eighth in the WNBA standings. Only three games separate the second-seeded Mercury from the eighth-seeded Sun. A win here would be a big help for Washington as they face a road-heavy second half of the schedule.

How will Liz Cambage play after her WNBA record-setting performance?

Liz Cambage scored 53 points on 17-of-22 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from deep, and 15-of-16 from the line in the Dallas Stars’ win on Tuesday against the New York Liberty. She also added 10 rebounds, 5 blocks in the Wings’ 104-87 win.

She was recently snubbed for an All-Star appearance despite averaging 21.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Cambage will put the Mystics’ interior defense to the test and make it hard for the Mystics to get points in the paint.

Mystics’ head coach Mike Thibault will have his hands full trying to slow Cambage down. Small ball is not the answer. The Wings will just feed it to Cambage on the low block all day. Will he use LaToya Sanders as the primary defender or alternate between her and Krystal Thomas?

They also need to worry about Skylar Diggins-Smith. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s scoring may have slumped, but her defense has still been stifling. Keep an eye out to see if Thibault will give her some extra playing time in this one to slow her down. If Washington can limit both players, it will make things much easier on the offensive end.