Washington Mystics vs Seattle Storm Preview
Mystics 8-13 vs Storm 17-7
When: Sunday, Aug 22nd, at 3 p.m.
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
TV: ESPN / Radio: N/A
Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Probable, Back), Shavonte Zellous (Probable, Ankle)
Storm: Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (Out For Season/ Personal), Kiana Williams (Questionable/ Ankle)
81.2 - points per game
84.0 - points against
40.5 - Field Goal %
86.6 - points per game
80.3- points against
45.1 - Field Goal %
Keep an eye on:
Elena Delle Donne Returns: is just the boost Washington needs after their tough West Coast trip. Delle Donne suiting up for the first time since 2019, along with some home cooking, should help lift the morale of the team greatly. Expecting Delle Donne to come out and be in her 2019 MVP form isn't realistic, however, you should expect her to show flashes of her usual self as she works off the rust in the limited minutes she's out on the floor due to a team imposed minutes restrictions. Although, however limited physically she may be, Delle Donne is a 50/40/90 member and is a threat at all times, her presence alone will open things up for the Mystics offensively in a way they haven't experienced this season. All in all, it'll be good to see one of the greats back in action.
Finish: nothing more needs to be said if we're being honest. In Washington's last three losses, they've held the lead at the half in each game, then were thoroughly outplayed in the second half of those games. In the second half of those three losses, the Mystics have been outscored 139 to 87. Read that again, that's a 52 point difference. Opponents are averaging 46.6 points per game in the second half of games. Washington HAS to find the energy to continue to execute on both ends of the floor, especially with the Storm bringing the second best offense (107.5 Off Rtg/ 86.6 ppg) in the WNBA.