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Mystics vs. Mercury preview: Washington looks to take 2-1 season series lead over Phoenix

Can the Mystics stop the Mercury’s Big 3?

Connecticut Sun v Phoenix Mercury Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Mystics (15-11) face the Mercury (16-13) on the road.

Game Info

When: Tuesday August 7 at 11:30 A.M. ET

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix

How to watch: NBA TV | Monumental Sports Network

Injuries

Mystics: None.

Mercury: Sancho Lyttle (ACL tear) is out for the season.

What to watch for

Can the Mystics contain Diana Taurasi again?

In their last match-up, the Mystics held Taurasi to 7 points. As her team’s leading scorer with 20.9 points per game, there’s no doubt Diana is going to be a top priority for the Mystics.

Taurasi is only 1/3 of the problem.

DeWanna Bonner and Brittney Griner stepped in when Taurasi was stopped during the Mystics’ last game against the Mercury. During that match-up on June 30, they combined for an impressive 47 points. Griner and Bonner are averaging 20.2 and 16.4 points per game respectively. The Mystics have their hands full with Taurasi, Griner, and Bonner but it’s that time of the season where they must have a greater will to win than the Mercury.

Mystics need to show up, period.

The Mystics are playing the kind of talent that requires everyone to be ready especially coming off of the bench. Elena Delle Donne has carried the team on her back the entire season but even the superstars get tired sometimes. In the Mystics’ last game, on August 5 against Dallas, she only had 5 points which was only her 4th time scoring single-digit points. Regardless of Delle Donne putting up 20 plus points or not, everyone else donning a Mystics jersey is crucial to securing a win.