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Mystics vs. Dream preview: Washington comes back home playing Atlanta without Tina Charles

Tina Charles will be absent on Thursday as she attends the premiere of her new film “Game Changer” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

WNBA: JUN 13 Washington Mystics at Atlanta Dream Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Thursday June 17 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Mystics: Sydney Wiese (Ankle, Questionable); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out); Tina Charles (Personal, Out)

Dream: Chennedy Carter (Elbow, Out)

Pregame notes

Hopefully Thursday’s matchup will be better than Sunday’s loss for the Washington Mystics. Washington previously played the Atlanta Dream and lost 101-78 after a terrible second half shooting drought. The leading scorer for Washington was Myisha Hines-Allen with 16 points followed by Tina Charles with 13 points.

Speaking of Charles, she will not be playing as she is attending the premiere of her film “Game Changers” in New York. Huge loss for the Mystics as someone else will have to step up in the scoring department. This is a WNBA Commissioner’s Cup game and as previously mentioned the Mystics need to win more of these.

One aspect of Washington’s game that Atlanta exposed was their defense in respect to the Dream’s guards: Courtney Williams and Odyssey Sims. They both combined for 41 points. Definitely look for both of them to come through slicing the defense.

The Mystics need to work on getting a lead and keeping it while not going cold in the second half. No lead is safe in any game and Washington needs to play like it.