After a hot start to the 2020 season, the Mystics will face their 2019 WNBA Finals foe –– the Connecticut Sun.
Washington got off to a strong beginning with a 101-76 victory over the Indiana Fever on Saturday, but the team will look to continue its streak against the reigning Western Conference champions.
However, Connecticut has not started its season as strongly as it would’ve liked, dropping its first game to the Minnesota Lynx –– a team much less impressive than they have been historically.
If the Mystics can jump out to an early 2-0 start with a win over the Sun, they will be well on their way to success in this shortened 22-game season.
MYSTICS vs. SUN HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Mystics vs. Sun will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and CBS Sports Network (channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Mystics vs. Fever on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
MYSTICS vs. SUN TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: The Donald Dell Interview: Mike Thibault (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (LIVE)
MYSTICS vs. SUN WHAT TO WATCH
One of the biggest storylines of the Mystics’ opener was their dominant offensive performance, which broke triple digits. But even more impressive was how the Mystics accomplished this feat without two of their top three scorers.
When Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver and others announced their plan to forgo the 2020 WNBA season, the biggest question facing the Mystics was how they would fill those voids, particularly offensively. Delle Donne led the team, averaging over 19 points per game last season. Toliver came in third with 13, and Natasha Cloud, who also chose to sit out this season, was good for nine per game. Missing their production was a significant concern.
However, in their season opener, Washington hinted that they could succeed without some of their star players. Myisha Hines-Allen had a breakout game with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Four other Mystics also charted double-digit scoring.
But one question remains: was this performance a fluke or will the Mystics be able to produce these impressive offensive numbers all season long without their stars?
MYSTICS vs. SUN PLAYERS TO WATCH
Myisha Hines-Allen (27 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists): When Mike Thibault hinted that Hines-Allen would have a bigger role on the team this year, few could predict that role would begin with a career-high, 27-point performance to kick off the season. The Mystics’ third-year forward averaged just 2.3 points per game last season but will clearly be a much bigger contributor in 2020. Now, finding consistency is the name of the game for Hines-Allen.
Alyssa Thomas (20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals): With leading scorer Jonquel Jones choosing to sit out the season and second-leading scorer Courtney Williams leaving for Atlanta, all the weight fell on Thomas to carry the team offensively this year. After averaging 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2019, she started 2020 hot and led the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the loss to Minnesota. She will be the Mystics’ main concern with few other Sun players posing major offensive threats.
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