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Mystics vs. Dream Game 3 preview: Washington looks to go 2-1 and hopefully it’s with Elena Delle Donne

We’ll see if Elena Delle Donne’s ready to go tomorrow night.

Stewart W. Small

The Mystics host the Dream on Friday in Game 3 of their WNBA semifinals series. Here’s a preview!

Game Info

When: Friday, August 31 at 8 P.M. ET

Where: Charles Smith Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: ESPN2


Mystics: Elena Delle Donne is questionable (left knee)

Dream: Angel McCoughtry is out for the season

Pregame notes

First thing’s first. Have a speedy recovery Elena Delle Donne!

Watching Delle Donne go down the way she did in Game 2 was heartbreaking. It’s unknown if she will play in Game 3. But if she does, the Mystics stand a greater chance to win the next two games. She’s been dominating the semifinals so far, scoring 32 points in Game 1 and 27 points in Game 2. She’s put this Mystics team on her back and has led them to where they are now. To be honest, the Mystics probably can’t make the Finals without Delle Donne available.

Every Mystics player needs to go harder especially if Delle Donne is out game 3

It’s the playoff so each game matters. With the possibility of Delle Donne sitting out Game 3 or being restricted with minutes, every player in a Mystics uniform needs to step up. The four players that follow Delle Donne in scoring this season are Kristi Toliver, Ariel Atkins, LaToya Sanders, and Natasha Cloud. We’ve seen each of them have several impressive games this season so we know that they are capable of handling business.

Free throws could make all the difference

The Mystics are leading the League in free throw percentage so they (81.3) might as well take advantage of that. In Game 1, they shot a perfect 20-20 from the free-throw line and in Game 2 were 13-16. To put free throws into perspective, the Mystics lost their last game by three points.