A lot of us are in summer vacation mode, but the Mystics have no time for that since they're in the middle of their season.
They blew out two Western Conference doormats last week. First, they defeated the Seattle Storm, 87-74 on Wednesday at home. And last Friday, they demolished the San Antonio Stars on the road, 88-53 to win their fifth straight game and become the WNBA's hottest team.
They were close to winning a sixth straight game during Sunday's road game against the Chicago Sky where they were leading by as many as nine points at one point. However, Elena Delle Donne made a clutch go-ahead basket while being surrounded by three Mystics players, which resulted in a 71-68 loss.
Even with the loss, the Mystics are now 11-7, good for second place in the Eastern Conference which boasts five teams with records above .500 records. It's going to be a true dogfight to the finish line when it comes to playoff seeding. Here are some of the takeaways, Player of the Week, and schedule this week.
1. The post rotation is as deep as they come
The All-Star starting post duo of Emma Meesseman and Stefanie Dolson has been a joy to watch. They complement each other very well and aren't prototypical back-to-the-basket pots as they are able to make shots from mid-range or further and are skilled passers.
But we've seen the Mystics' backup posts step their games up as well. LaToya Sanders' scoring has dropped, but she has still provided big defensive performances including a combined 10 blocks in their three games this past week. Kia Vaughn has also returned and provided an additional boost to the rotation. Her highlight was a 15 point-6 rebound performance in the win against the Stars.
2. Ivory Latta's getting her groove back
After being moved to the bench before Washington's July 17 vs. Indiana, Latta has regained her three-point shooting form which has been happening during the duration of their win streak.
In the three games last week, she made 9 threes out of 18 attempts, scored 20 points against Seattle on Wednesday, and another 18 points in the Sunday loss to the Chicago. In short, Latta hasn't really played outside of herself like has at times earlier this season, which is a good thing.
BF's Mystics player of the Week (July 27-August 2): Ivory Latta
It's easy to call this the Big Mama Stef award as of late, but considering her improved performance this past week, the nod goes to Latta.
Who do they play this week (August 3-August 9)?
|Wednesday, August 5||San Antonio Stars||7 p.m.||NBA TV/Monumental Network/WNBA Live Access|
|Friday, August 7||at Connecticut Sun||7 p.m.||WNBA Live Access|
|Sunday, August 9||Connecticut Sun||4 p.m.||Monumental Network/WNBA Live Access|
The games this week are all winnable, but they cannot get complacent or feel that they've "made it." The second half of the season has just begun.