Wow, okay. The Mystics improve to 5-2, beating the Atlanta Dream (4-2) 78-72 at the Verizon Center this afternoon.
The Mystics were without Tayler Hill, Natasha Cloud and Asia Taylor, so the onus was definitely on the bench to show up against the very hot Atlanta team.
Have a game @De11eDonne! Double-Double with a career high 15 rebounds!#MysticsDream #EyesUpDC pic.twitter.com/T7ZEwPbtnf— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) June 4, 2017
The Good News
Elena Delle Donne started hot, and stayed there. Her 23 points and 15 rebounds was catastrophic to the Dream. At one point the Mystics were up 18.
Fifteen rebounds ? A career high ? Guess this is what happiness translates into ! WOOT WE LUV YOU TOO @De11eDonne https://t.co/EmRsnWEPcW— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) June 4, 2017
Kristi Toliver exploded today, and started the game 3 for 3 from three. Last year’s WNBA champion let it fly!
#ToliverThings count:— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) June 4, 2017
Tianna Hawkins had another 13 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Most Improved Player anyone ?
Just doing damage!
.@t_hawk21 gettin somethin goin on offense!! #MysticsDream pic.twitter.com/JmC650cl9C— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) June 4, 2017
Jennie Simms came off the bench like she was super mad at Atlanta. In 14 minutes she had four rebounds and two assists. Trust me, they were GORGEOUS...lol.
The Bad News
Good lord. What was once a bounty, becomes a drought. The Mystics managed to give up an EIGHTEEN point lead. That is a theme. Sure, clutch time they are finishing, but my god, there is an obvious flaw in the system. Intensity when up. This has happened in all of the last four wins, but when taking on the top teams, they are going to get demolished.
The Neutral News
Even without Natasha Cloud and Tayler Hill this Mystics team has some really amazing confidence. Regardless of who is on the floor, the ball movement and rebounding can be superlative. Sure, other times not. But, no one can be mad at what the bench is bringing!
The Mystics improve to 5-2, and it isn’t even with a full squad. Just gritty basketball. This team is going to be really good when all the pieces are in place.
John Wall was in the house to show the Mystics some love!
RT WNBA: NBA All-Star JohnWall checks in from the sidelines of the WashMystics game! pic.twitter.com/iLa76ZNgdq #NBA #Basketball— Sports Treasury (@SportsTreasury) June 4, 2017
And Emma Meesseman is overseas, but clearly keeping a finger on the pulse of the M’s.
Close one but we got that W! On to the next one! @WashMystics #EyesUpDC— Emma Meesseman (@EmmaMeesseman) June 4, 2017