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Mystics vs. Storm preview: Washington looks to bounce back against Seattle on Friday

Without Bird and Stewart, the defending WNBA champions can still give Washington a run …

WNBA: Finals-Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics
Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics look to get a win against the Seattle Storm on Friday.
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The Mystics host the Storm on Friday, June 14. It’s a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals, but the Storm are dealing with a lot of injuries while the Mystics are also in a similar boat. Let’s preview this one.

Game Info

When: Friday June 7 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC

How to watch: CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Emma Meesseman (International Commitments), Kim Mestdagh (International Commitments)

Storm: Sue Bird (Knee, Out), Breanna Stewart (ACL, Out), Shavonte Zellous (Knee, Questionable)

Pregame notes:

Again, it’s a rematch of the 2018 WNBA Finals!

The last time we saw the Mystics and Storm match up was in the Finals last year. The Mystics have been vocal about wanting to “run it back” and have showed with their play this season that they aren’t just talking.

After getting swept last year by Seattle, beating them on Friday, even if it’s without Bird and Stewart, will feel good.

Don’t sleep on Seattle

In the absence of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird due to injuries, the Mystics should not go into this game thinking they have an automatic win. They’re going to have to go through Natasha Howard, Jewell Loyd, Jordin Canada, and Alysha Clark as they are averaging double figures so far this season. Howard and Loyd, especially, are coming off of win against the Fever where they scored 26 and 18 points respectively.

Seattle is currently 4-3 this season.

The Mystics need Toliver to forget last game

Last game against the Sun, Toliver had her worst shooting game this season. She was 0-5 from the three-point range and was 2-of-11 from the field overall. The guard ended the game with 4 points in her team’s 8-point loss. She did, however, notch 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.