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Mystics vs. Sun preview: This Tuesday make-up game is important

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Stewart W. Small

The Washington Mystics (17-14) take on the Eastern Conference leading Connecticut Sun (20-11) Tuesday night. This is a make-up game for the roof leak at the Capital One Arena on July 28.

Let’s hope there isn’t another problem, because on August 12 there was almost another cancellation though it turned out to be a lot of fun!

But there is more on the line, coming down the stretch into the WNBA playoffs in September.

The Mystics are in the fifth spot in the Association, and the loss against Dallas had to leave a very bad taste in their mouths, literally and figuratively.

It’s bad enough that the refs don’t give any respect to Emma Meesseman, but neither do teams and this has got to stop. By all measures, Coach Thibault knows that to win a WNBA championship a team had to muscle through a lot of junk.

Who to look out for

Jonquel Jones. Full Stop. She is averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds in her sophomore season. Most improved player? CHECK. I mean, she is a stone cold monster in the paint. And she can give the Sun twenty points when you blink.

The Mystics’ Krystal Thomas and Tianna Hawkins will have her hands full, for sure.

Connecticut also has eight players averaging over 40 percent shooting. The Mystics have six. And their chemistry and execution are not that great. They will absolutely need the bench and starters to give more on offense. EDD and Meesseman contributed 51 of the Mystics 78 points in the last contest. Sixty-five percent between two players? Not gonna get it done.

Basically, if the Mystics are going to beat Connecticut, and make a statement in the playoffs, they will need to have the rest of the team show UP.

So good luck Mystics.