Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Sun Preview
Mystics 7-8 vs Sun 10-5
When: Tuesday, June 29th, at 7p.m.
Where: Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, DC
TV: ESPN 2, TSN3 / Radio: N/A
Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Doubtful, Back), Natasha Cloud (Questionable/Ankle), Myisha Hines-Allen (Questionable, Knee), Erica McCall (Doubtful/ Knee)
Sun: Jonquel Jones (Questionable, Personal), Alyssa Thomas (Out, Achilles)
82.4 - points per game
83.5 - points against
40.6 - Field Goal %
79.3 - points per game
74.3 - points against
43.6 - Field Goal %
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Flawless Execution: from Washington on BOTH ends is required to knock off the top team in the Eastern Conference in the visiting Connecticut Sun. Connecticut are who they are for a reason and its due to their elite play in all aspects of the game. The Suns rank 4th in the WNBA in offensive rating at 105.2, 3rd in defensive rating at 98.4, and only allow 74.3 points per game which is first in the league. To make matters worst, Connecticut shoots 43 percent from the field (4th in the WNBA) and 36 percent from 3-point territory (4th in the WNBA). The Sun leave VERY little room for error.
The goal for Washington should be to push the pace, limit turnovers and get to the free throw line. Washington should push the pace to get Connecticut out of their comfort zone of slowing it down and making it a half-court game, which also means avoiding having to face Connecticut's formidable half court defense. Getting out and running without turning the ball over, will also create more scoring opportunities through transition and possible trips to the free throw line where Washington thrives, shooting 84 percent from the charity stripe which is 3rd in the WNBA.
Styles make fights and this contest will be decided by the team who imposes their style the best.