When: Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: NBA TV, NBC Sports Washington, NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Personal, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Myisha Hines-Allen (Illness, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Dream: Crystal Bradford (Foot, Out); Raquel Carrera (Out); Chennedy Carter (Suspension, Out); Maite Cazorla (Personal, Out); Tianna Hawkins (Foot, Out); Cheyenne Parker (Personal, Out)
The Washington Mystics (10-18) are back home to face the Atlanta Dream (7-20). The Mystics are coming off a blowout loss to the Seattle Storm. With just 4 games left in the regular season, the team’s chance to make the playoffs is shrinking. Tina Charles, who played just 25 minutes Tuesday night, put up 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds against the Storm. It seems as if her injury is still lingering and it’s not ideal. But neither is Myisha Hines-Allen sitting out with an illness or Elena Delle Donne recovering from her back surgeries. The thoughts of what could have been with a healthy and full squad seem to linger before each game. It’s been a rough season for the Mystics since the beginning and it just doesn’t seem to be their year. Ariel Atkins will be out due to personal reasons, the Mystics announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Mystics matched up against the Dream in back-to-back games in June, which resulted in a split. Atlanta is coming off a Wednesday night 1-point loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Courtney Williams led with 20 points and 3 other Dream players scored in double-figures. As a team, they shot 47.1 percent from the field and struggled from beyond the arc, going 3-for-13. They did take care of the ball and finished the night with 8 turnovers compared to the Mercury’s 16. The shorthanded Mystics need to be ready to slow down Atlanta’s offense and limit their three-pointers.