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Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury Preview

Mystics 9-4 vs Mercury 6-6

When: Wednesday, July 10th, at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Capital One Arena

TV: Twitter


Mystics: Kiara Leslie – (Out, Torn Meniscus in right knee), Elena Delle Donne (Questionable, Nasal Fracture)

Mercury: Diana Taurasi (Doubtful, Back)

Notes – Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne suffered a nasal fracture in a loss to the LA Sparks on July 7th. She’s listed as day to day.

Mystics -

86.4 - points per game

75.1 - points against

45.5 - Field goal %

Mercury -

73.7 - points per game

74.4 - points against

40.8 - field goal %

Keep an eye on:

Front Court Battle: of Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner. They are arguably the best in the WNBA. In a win over the Atlanta Dream, Griner was dominant, posting 31 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks on 11-15 shooting which included two clutch free throws with 3.1 seconds left. Bonner didn’t shoot well against the Dream (11 points, 3-15 FG), yet, she made up for it in other ways. Bonner grabbed a game high 14 rebounds and held Dream forward Elizabeth Williams to 4 points on 2-10 shooting. Combined, the duo average nearly 40 points and 16 rebounds per game this season. That’s more than half of Phoenix’s offensive production. With Delle Donne likely out, Washington’s front line will have to bring it on both ends, especially coming off being dominated inside by LA’s Nneka Ogwumike, who finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds on 11-15 shooting. Latoya Sanders, Tianna Hawkins and Myisha Hines-Allen combined for 17 points and 13 rebounds on 7-22 shooting in the loss to Los Angeles. Being physical and efficient as a trio is a must if the Mystics are to get back on the winning track.

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