When: Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: ESPN3, NBC Sports Washington, Spectrum SportsNet, NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Shavonte Zellous (Ankle, Probable); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Probable); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Sparks: Jasmine Walker (Knee, Out); Maria Vadeeva (Out)
The Washington Mystics (8-14) will face the Los Angeles Sparks (10-13) Tuesday evening at home. The Mystics are coming off an 85-78 loss to the Seattle Storm. It was an important game as it marked the return of Elena Delle Donne. The two-time WNBA MVP, who has been sidelined after two back surgeries, put up 16 points in her first game since October 2019. “I had that first day of school butterfly feeling,” Delle Donne told ESPN’s Holly Rowe after the game. The WNBA champion also mentioned that she was nervous and would still be taking things one day at a time.
The Mystics have not won a game since returning from Olympic break. It could take some time for the team to really come together as the Mystics have had many roster changes, injuries, and now the return of Delle Donne who might be a day-to-day decision going forward.
Tuesday night will be the third time they face Los Angeles. The Mystics beat the Sparks at home in early June by 17 points and then lost to them later that month by 7 points. Even though it is unclear if Delle Donne will play, the Mystics will have to show up ready if they want to turn the page and get their first win since July.