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Last chance for skidding Mystics

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Last chance for skidding Mystics

After the 33 games, the regular season finale is upon is. So is the distinct possibility that the Washington Mystics will finish their latest trying campaign with a 13-game losing streak and the second worst record in franchise history. Chicago, the only other Eastern Conference team not headed to the postseason, has its own tale of woe.The Mystics (5-28) wrap up a second straight cellar dwelling season on Saturday at Chicago, needing a win to match their 2011 win total and snap a franchise-record 12-game losing streak. Washington's last win on August 19 came at home against the Sky (13-20), who fell out of the playoff race by losing three of their last four games. Chicago leads the season series against Washington 2-1.Washington ended its postseason hopes some time ago, consistently thwarted by its low-scoring and turnover-prone ways. The Mystics score the fewest points (68.9) among all WNBA teams while committing the third most turnovers (16.8). Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Crystal Langhorne (strained left foot), center Michelle Snow and guard Noelle Quinn, the Mystics shot 34 percent from the field and scored a season-low 53 points in Friday's home finale, a 66-53 loss to Indiana. Down two points at halftime, the Mystics were outscored 24-14 in the third quarter and never recovered.I thought offensively we struggled shooting the ball," Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. "We missed a lot of open shots and we didnt shoot the ball well from three."Monique Currie scored a team-high 16 points, but missed 11 of 17 attempts including all three from beyond the arc. Lyndsay Wisdom-Hylton made 3 of 5 shots, the only player to connect on at least half her attempts.Now, its all about the finale and looking ahead to 2013.I think its been a long season for all of us," Currie said. "There are some things that I can take away from this season. Its been tough but thats the way the ball bounces sometimes but you have to keep moving and keep fighting, and thats what we all have done. I think were all ready to start over again next year.The WNBA Draft Lottery will be held in Wednesday. Washington is one of four teams eligible to land the top pick in the 2013 draft, which figures to be used on Baylor center Britney Griner.Chicago, still without a playoff appearance during its seven-year existence, will play without Olympian Sylvia Fowles. The imposing center and Chicago's leading rebounder, shot blocker and second-leading scorer has missed the previous six games with a calf injury.The game will also mark the final one for Chicago's Ticha Penicheiro.The Sky'spoint guard and the WNBA's all-time leader with 2,597 assists, announced her retirement this week after 15 seasons.

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PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.

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