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Washington Mystics vs Chicago Sky Preview

Mystics 13-16 vs Sky 12-17

When: Sunday, August 13th, at 3:00p.m.

Where: Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, DC

TV: NBC Sports Washington, Monumental Sports


Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Out, Left Ankle Sprain), Elena Delle Donne (Questionable, Left Ankle Sprain), Shakira Austin ( Questionable, Left Hip Strain), Kristi Toliver (Out, Plantar Fasciitis )

Sky: Rebekah Gardner (Out, Knee), Isabelle Harrison ( Out, Knee)

Keep an eye on:

Possible Reinforcements: could be on the way for the Mystics and the timing couldn't be better with Washington in the midst of an intense playoff seeding battle. Elena Delle Donne, Shakira Austin and Natasha Cloud, who went down Friday night against the Aces, have all been listed as questionable....a great sign that Washington is headed in the right direction as far as health is concerned. Delle Donne and Austin have missed 14 and 16 games respectively, their contribution is obviously needed in a major way. Any team that loses multiple starters will no doubt have a tough time staying afloat, nonetheless, the Mystics have to figure out a way to pile up wins with the bottom of the WNBA playoff race having three teams being separated by 1.5 games.

*- Former Mystics draft pick Jennie Simms was signed to a hardship deal to replace the recently released PG Linnae Harper.

Chicago's Lethal trio: of Kahleah Copper, Marina Mabrey and Courtney Williams are the go to scorers and playmakers for Chicago. The Sky goes as they go. Copper, a three time All Star, leads the Sky in points per game (19.0) and minutes per game (31.4), while averaging 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists on 45 percent shooting from the field, 43 percent from deep and 78 percent from the line. She's also an outstanding, versatile defender.

Marina Mabrey, another sniper and playmaker for the Sky, comes in averaging 15 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 37.3 percent from the three point line and Courtney Williams, who is capable of heating up and becoming a one woman wrecking crew at any time, is having perhaps her best all around season of her career as she enters todays game averaging 10 points, 6.2 assists (career high), and 6.1 rebounds on 42.5 percent shooting from three point range. All three are capable of impacting the game in multiple ways. Washington has to be on a string defensively to contain all three and get a much needed W.


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