Washington Mystics vs Las Vegas Aces Preview
Mystics 2-0 vs Aces 2-0
When: Tuesday, May 10th, at 7:00p.m.
Where: Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, DC
Mystics: Elizabeth Williams (Out, Overseas)
Aces: Riquna Williams (Questionable, Foot), Kiah Stokes (Out, Overseas)
Keep an eye on:
Natasha Cloud: has shown in the first two games that she has it in her to become what I've always believe she could become, the best point guard in the WNBA. Cloud, who in my eyes, is already the best floor general on the defensive end and one of the best facilitators, has added an efficiency scoring the ball through the Mystics first two games, that has taken her game to a new level. Cloud comes in to tonight's contest averaging 18 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal on 50 percent shooting from the field, 36 percent shooting from deep and 100 percent shooting from the charity stripe....she's displaying a complete game very few in the W can. Cloud faces a tough opponent in Chelsea Gray, however, if she continues to bring this level of play to the floor, the sky is the limit for Washington.
Mystics Free Throw Shooting: has been key in their 2-0 start. Simply put they rarely miss. Washington as a team is tops in the WNBA, knocking down just under 94 percent from the line. FOUR Mystics players (Cloud, Atkins,Walker-Kimbrough, Austin) have yet to miss a free throw. Attacking the basket early and often brings fouls to the Aces interior, creates trips to the line for free points, and goes a long way towards adding win number three to their overall record.
Battle on the Boards: is alway's something to pay attention to in any game I know, but, it especially applies to tonight's contest. The Aces come in second in the WNBA in rebounding, pulling down 41.5 boards through their first couple of games. Forwards A'ja Wilson and Dearica Hamby BOTH are averaging 13 rebounds per game. The Mystics on the other hand come in seventh in the WNBA in rebounding (34.4 rpg) and don't have a single player averaging double figures in rebounds. Washington will have to attack the boards by committee with Elena Delle Donne, forward Myisha Hines-Allen, reserve forward Tianna Hawkins and standout rookie center Shakira Austin for a full 40 tonight or the Aces will extra opportunities to turn this game in their favor.
Aces 3-Point Shooting: is LETHAL!!! Period!!!! Las Vegas is the best in WNBA currently, shooting a ridiculous 46 percent from deep. SIX players, led by local product and Aces rookie Aisha Sheppard, are shooting 40 percent or better from 3-point range. The Aces resident sniper Kelsey Plum, attempts seven three pointers a game and is making 50 percent on the season. Washington brings the best defensive backcourt in the league to try and cool off Las Vegas hot shooting. It won't be an easy task, yet, the side their imposes their will the most will more than likely walk away victorious.