When: Thursday August 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN; Monumental Sports Network
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hip, Questionable); Kiara Leslie (Ankle, Questionable)
Sparks: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (Ankle, Questionable); Maria Vadeeva (Personal, Out); Chiney Ogwumike (Personal, Out); Kristi Toliver (Personal, Out)
Here we are again. Another day....another game. The Washington Mystics have to take on the Los Angeles Spark on Thursday night. The Sparks are 5-3 sitting in sixth while the Mystics are opposite, 3-5, sitting in eighth place. The only issue is Washington is straddling the line of in the playoffs potentially and absolutely out of the playoffs.
They’re currently on a five-game losing streak which is still shocking to say the least and their schedule doesn’t get much easier. This game, however, comes down to just who wants it more. Washington has played tired for multiple games and it’s showed in their shooting percentages.
Los Angeles is on a two-game winning streak and looks to go nowhere but up as their star Candace Parker has come close in almost every game putting up a double-double. A recent game she came close to a triple-double in points, rebounds and assists.
A good defensive effort by Washington can be the only way to discombobulate the Sparks and getting back in the winning column like they started at the beginning of the season. The Mystics can still get back in this season, but only if they trust one another and get their bench in order and know they can still be a team to beat.
Honestly if a win doesn’t come soon then a repeat season for Washington will just be an afterthought. Let’s hope that won’t be the case.