Game 2 Washington Mystics vs Seattle Storm Preview

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Washington Mystics will take on the Seattle Storm today at 3:30 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. The Mystics dropped the first game but if they win today, all will be forgiven. Rookie Ariel Atkins dropped 23 points on Friday night but that was about it as the Washington Mystics couldn’t get production from their two best scorers in Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver. In Game 2, Seattle will try to go up 2-0 and put the Mystics on the brink of elimination while the Mystics look to tie the series and steal home-court advantage heading back to DC.

Coach Thibault talked about the Mystics have to make adjustments for today’s game. But he said there’s a lot more to it than that.

“KeyArena has always been a tough place for a lot of teams to play,” Thibault said. “Having gone through the first game, hopefully our players will be a little bit more in tune with the energy needed to win a game like that. We made mistakes that just turned into layups. ”

“The lack of aggression came a little bit from fatigue, and from being on our heels from how the game started. The turnovers, and then they’re laying it in. They just got that burst where I just thought we were sloppy.”

It wasn’t just on the offensive side of the ball where the Mystics didn’t look sharp, it was also on the defensive side of the ball. The Washington Mystics and their lackadaisical defending allowed the Storm to hit three-pointer after three-pointer and also allowed them to drive into the hole, sometimes even untouched on certain plays.

“We just weren’t ‘us’ from start to finish,” said Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, who was 4-of-11 from the field for 10 points Friday. “We just couldn’t get ourselves going. And it felt like everything was a struggle. It was almost like everybody was trying too hard, like when you’re in quicksand, and you try too hard to get out, you keep sinking more.”

While you have to give credit to the Seattle Storm for putting on a shooting clinic, the Washington Mystics did look like they were in quicksand for large chunks of the game. The Storm shot 54.7 percent from the field, with Jewell Loyd (23 points), Breanna Stewart (22) and Natasha Howard (19) leading the way. Sue Bird only had 4 points, but was able to set up her teammates throughout the game.

“We played really well, but there were points, like in the fourth quarter, where they were more aggressive than us,” Stewart said, trying to find some flaws. “We have to continue to take advantage of what we do well. We were able to get out of the gate and run, and against Phoenix, that seemed like our hardest thing to do.”

“Doing that, especially with our crowd, it opens the game up and makes us play the type of game we want to play. As a whole, that was probably one of the best games we had, just because we had contributions from everyone, and it seemed like we were all on the same page defensively. Now it’s just come out and do it again on Sunday.”

Seattle coach Dan Hughes knows that the Washington

Washington Mystics F Elena Delle Donne has her eyes on Game 2.
Washington Mystics F Elena Delle Donne has her eyes on Game 2

Mystics will make adjustments on Sunday.

“Some matchup changes in guarding is usually a response,” Hughes said. “And maybe a change of schemes toward some of our more successful players, so they’re playing in more congestion. And a much more assertive presence coming at us; they’re going to put the ball on the ground more and go to the glass harder.”

While the Mystics may be the underdog in this series, no one expected the blowout that we saw in Game 1. Game 2 should be a much closer game with every mistake, every bucket, every block, every steal and every foul meaning a lot more than it did two nights ago. While I expect the Mystics to bounce back, they have to move the ball better as a team if they want to win. Too often they were left in the corner with nowhere to go and they have to be able to swing the ball around and try to draw fouls if it all comes to nothing. We know the Storm won’t let up and no one expects them to regress but if the Mystics can play the defense that they’re capable of playing, we could see the Storm shooters miss a little more and force them to take tough shots. Game 2 should be a heavyweight fight and the fans should be really excited about an excellent series.

 

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

The Torchbearers Of Modern Football

We are standing at the end of an era that was tinted with brightness and glam. Two of the greatest sportsmen ever to grace the surface of earth are at the twilight of their careers. They are aliens, some say. Some say they are superheroes in shorts. Two names at the heart of the footballing world, for the best part of two decades. The torchbearers of modern day football. The pace-setters of the business...

Different Options For Purchasing Golf Shoes

Golf is one of the most popular sports among wealthy and upper middle class men. While some play golf competitively, others play golf as a hobby and for networking with others. The performance of the golfer depends to some extent on the golfing gear and equipment which he is using. Usually golfers are wearing special golf shoes, which are designed so that the golfer can play his shots comfortably, without slipping. Hence many of...

Russell Wilson Is An All-Time Great QB

Russell Wilson, 0 MVPs, 0 MVP votes, 0 respect. He is one of the best quarterbacks I've ever seen, and he is showing himself to be the MVP so far this year. Russell Wilson at every stage of his career has consistently been elite and has carried the Seahawks into relevancy. He is underrated, has been elite, and has been one of the best QBs in the world since he's gotten here. How is it that...

Super Fan Saturday – Rugby South Africa

In what has been an extremely long-awaited return for the game, South Africa will host their very first rugby game: Super Fan Saturday, since the sport was postponed back in March 2020. While this year may have been challenging times for the majority of the world, a doubleheader action-packed Saturday will bring something to look forward to locally. and keep every South African rugby fan at the edge of their seats. One of the nation's...

AFL Finals Locked In

This weekend's results conclude the heavily disrupted Australian Football League regular season, turning attention towards the Finals series in October. Across 18 rounds spanning six weeks, the race for the coveted Premiership trophy has been whittled down from 18 clubs to just eight. All that separates them from the 2020 flag now is four weeks of playoff matches that will culminate in the Grand Final. Port Adelaide secured the minor premiership by defeating Collingwood in the...

Rabada, Stonis star as Super Over settles dramatic IPL game

Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis starred for the Delhi Capitals as they controlled their nerves to edge Kings XI Punjab in Super Over. Rabada dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran while conceding just 2 runs in the deciding over. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer batted for Delhi in the Super Over and settled the game in 2 balls. Heartbreak for Mayank Agarwal It was a heartbreak for Mayank Agarwal who scored 89 runs in 60 balls, but...

America’s Largest Amateur League Shines in Baseball’s “Lost Season”

2020 will forever be remembered as baseball’s lost season. The sport was shattered due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus outbreak. Baseball fans were out of luck this summer as they were entirely restricted from attending any professional or semi-pro live games. Watching on television or live stream wasn’t much better. Most of the MLB season was cancelled including the pre-season, the much anticipated Iowa Field of Dreams game, Puerto Rico series, London Series and All...

IPL: Mumbai Indians Lose Season Opener

Mumbai Indians lost an Indian Premier League (IPL) opener for the 8th successive year following a 5-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings. Having lost the first game of the season in the last 7 years, Mumbai might have thought this was their time, as they were on a 5-game winning run against CSK. However, ex Mumbai Indians player Ambati Rayudu and South African superstars Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi ensured that it didn’t...

When Did Formula One Begin?

If you ask virtually anyone the world over a simple question – “What is Formula One” they will probably get the answer correct.  It’s a car race!  Even though that might be a very simple reply (a better answer would be it’s the highest class of international single-seater auto-racing!) there is another question that will probably stump them.  That question is “When did Formula One begin?”. In order to answer the question properly we need...

Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

After nearly two months of play in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, one more team, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars will have their bubble burst as the other emerges as the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals champions. The Stars won two games against the Lightning in the regular season, each in overtime (4-3 on December 19; 3-2 on January 27) The Lightning representing the Eastern Conference made it to the...

Social Connect

1,184FansLike
3,689FollowersFollow

Trending Now

Super Fan Saturday – Rugby South Africa

In what has been an extremely long-awaited return for the game, South Africa will host their very first rugby game: Super Fan Saturday, since...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x