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Mystics vs Liberty preview: Washington hopes to make the “L” in Liberty stand for loss on Thursday

New York returns to avenge their first meeting defeat...

The Sun Sets Behind The Statue Of Liberty Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: ESPN 3 | NBC Sports Washington | MSG Network


Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Concussion, Questionable)

Liberty: None

Pregame Notes

If you don’t recall, the Mystics won their last meeting on a buzzer-beating three from Elena Delle Donne. Here’s how it went down...

Yes, Washington was victorious, but there wasn’t much to boast about from the stat sheet. The Mystics, as a team, shot 38 percent (26-for-68) from the floor and also under 26 percent (7-for-27) from three-point range. This game could’ve easily gone to overtime and had a much different outcome if not for Delle Donne’s heroics.

What needs to happen offensively

Delle Donne will always play her game and get you over 20 per game, but Washington needs two or three more Mystics to be consistent in the scoring on a daily basis. Kristi Toliver has her moments as a second and third option, but she has her good and bad games. She’s coming off a bad game, finishing with just 10 points, while shooting 3-of-10 from the field and 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.

The season is already halfway done and this needs to be addressed or fixed. It’ll be playoffs soon before you know it. This month of July is going to be a tough one as they’re on the road for all but three games this month

Ariel Atkins is still questionable with a concussion, which leaves the starting lineup at a see-saw. Coach Mike Thibault has still been making adjustments, alternating at times between Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough at the small forward position.

They’ll need to find a spark to get them through, not just against the Liberty, but throughout the season.