When: Sunday Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: ESPN
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out)
Sun: Layshia Clarendon (Ankle, Out)
The best thing you can do in life is keep your word. And the Washington Mystics are the best role model in keeping their word. The term “Run It Back” wasn’t simply just used for street pick-up games with your friends. Mystics took the saying and made it their own because they knew they weren’t done yet.
In the 2018 WNBA Finals, Washington was unfortunately swept by the Seattle Storm, were without Emma Meesseman, and Elena Delle Donne wasn’t 100 percent. Taking that frustration, Washington didn’t make any excuses and simply said they’d be back. The new season has returned and Washington made it known that they were going to Run It Back by any means necessary. They kept their word.
The Mystics finished the 2019 regular season 26-8 in record-setting fashion as well as the top seed in the playoffs. They earned a double-bye to the semifinals winning the series 3-1 over the Las Vegas Aces. It definitely was a cause for celebration, but remember Washington had already been down this road before.
This time a new opponent stands in their way of becoming champions: the Connecticut Sun. A team that felt disrespected because many called them role players and underdogs. Their journey consisted of a double-bye as well as the two-seed sweeping the Los Angeles Sparks in the process.
Both teams met three times in the regular season with the Sun winning the series 2-1. Things have changed and there is a lot more on the line now. What happened in regular season no longer matters. On Sunday in Game 1, the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun will take the court in D.C. to start the battle for the championship.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s officially time for the Washington Mystics to......RUN IT BACK!