Every game matters now as the Washington Mystics prepare for the Connecticut Sun in their season opener on Saturday, May 25.
When: Saturday May 25 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: in Uncasville, CT
How To Watch: Twitter
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out); Aerial Powers (Leg, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Knee, Out)
Both of these teams can be pretty even when it comes to who will come out victorious. It’s all a matter of one or two key players that will set the tone and keep the momentum on either team’s side. One big factor is that Connecticut has no announced injuries for Saturday’s game while the Mystics have two, one being their leading scorer last season Elena Delle Donne.
The injury seems minor, but at the same time major since it’s the same knee she injured in the playoffs last season. Delle Donne didn’t travel with the team, so that’s definitely confirmation the swelling and soreness is still an issue.
As for the Sun, it’ll be interesting to see how they alternate 2019 ninth overall draft pick Kristine Anigwe out of California in the mix with Jonquel Jones. Anigwe is known for crashing the boards with ease while adding a stout defense to her game. She wasn’t named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year for nothing.
As for Jonquel Jones, the Mystics last meeting wasn’t a good one as Jones scored a season-high of 23 points shooting 10 of 12 for the game. It’ll be interesting to see how Washington’s head coach Mike Thibault will devise a plan to hold both Jones and Anigwe to a minimum on Saturday.
It’s just the first game of the season, so definitely keep an eye on pace and changes for Washington going forward.