When: Thursday, June 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
How to watch: Monumental; Spectrum Sportsnet; NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Ankle, Out); Myisha Hines-Allen (Left Patellar Tendon Strain, Out); Kiara Leslie (Concussion protocol, Out); Erica McCall (Right Knee sprain, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out)
Sparks: Bria Holmes (Foot, Questionable); Chiney Ogwumike (Knee, Out); Nneka Ogwumike (Knee, Out); Jasmine Walker (Knee, Out); Maria Vadeeva (Personal, Out); Aina Ayuso (Personal, Out); Ivana Raca (Personal, Out)
What to Look Out For
The Washington Mystics. That’s who you need to look out for. A team that has gone through a lot of changes roster wise and changes due to injury has still found a way to not be forgotten when it comes to their opponents. A prime example is the fact on Tuesday against the Seattle Storm, the Mystics only had eight players active and still secured the win.
The Mystics face the Los Angeles Sparks again this season winning previously 89-71 behind Ariel Atkins and Tina Charles in early June. Charles has been the definite key holding this depleted Mystics team together as she has been having a great season. She’s a definite MVP-candidate, while also recently making the final roster of Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics. Charles is also on a scoring rampage as she’s been having back to back 30+ point games while also sitting at eighth on the WNBA’s all-time points leader list.
An advantage Washington has over every team is the coaching talents and intellect of Mike Thibault. The abilities he has to adjust the roster on a whim whether it’s because of injuries or just doing what’s best for the team in the sense of lineup moves has been spectacular. It’s completely unmatched.