Mercury hold off Mystics


Mercury hold off Mystics

PHOENIX (AP) -- Sammy Prahalis scored seven of her 15 points in the final 2:02 and made a tiebreaking layup with 23 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury got past the Washington Mystics 80-77 on Wednesday night.

Washington's Monique Currie missed a driving shot in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining and teammate Michelle Snow and Avery Warley got tied up on the rebound.

Officials called the Mystics for a jump ball violation on the ensuing jump with 1.5 seconds left. Krystal Thomas made a free throw for the final margin.

Down 74-69 with 2:26 left, Prahalis and DeWanna Bonner hit back-to-back 3-pointers within 33 seconds for the Mercury. Washington's Crystal Langhorne then missed an 18-footer with 44 seconds left, setting up the Mercury's winning possession.

Bonner led the Mercury (3-7) with 19 points and had seven rebounds and Thomas added 15.

Snow scored nine of her 21 in the fourth quarter and had nine rebounds to lead the Mystics (2-7) while Currie scored season-high 20 points.

Washington has lost six of seven.

Phoenix had just eight players in uniform as second-leading scorer Candice Dupree sat out with a left knee contusion suffered in Sunday's loss to Tulsa. Backup center Nakia Sanford also was out with an injury on Wednesday and All-Star Diana Taurasi remains sidelined by a strained left hip flexor. Phoenix is 1-5 with Taurasi out of the lineup.

After missing five of its first six shots, Washington made six straight to erase an early deficit. Currie made two 3-pointers and had 11 points as the teams were tied at 26 after one quarter.

Snow had 12 points for Washington as the Mystics took a 41-40 lead at the break.

Currie had six points in the third, including four in the final 1:37 to help the Mystics take a 60-57 advantage into the final period.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon at the NBA Combine.

Turgeon talked about his three draft-eligible players and what this time is like advising them. Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their early favorites for the Wizards' first round pick and their biggest takeaways from the NBA Combine measurements.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.