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How to watch the re-air of Washington Mystics' run to first WNBA title

How to watch the re-air of Washington Mystics' run to first WNBA title

A historic regular season, a masked superstar, and a sharp-shooting offense culminated in a second championship for the District of Champions in as many years. 

After the Washington Capitals completed a deserved #OurYear with a Stanley Cup triumph in 2018, the Washington Mystics followed up with a championship of their own before the Nationals cemented Washington D.C. as a victorious sports town. 

Now, while people remain safely quarantined in self-isolation and without live sports, NBC Sports Washington is partnering up with Monumental Sports Network to re-air the Mystics' semifinal and championship series. 

While Monumental Sports Network will be re-airing the two series free of charge starting April 6, NBC Sports Washington will have two marathon sessions where Mystics fans can bask in the championship glory on April 18 and 26. 

Relive all the drama of an injured Elena Delle Donne persisting through injury, Maryland alum Kristi Toliver hitting big shots, and Finals MVP Emma Meeseman balling out. 

There will also be select games featuring Mystics personnel live-tweeting from the Mystics Twitter account. Delle Donne, fan-favorite Natasha Cloud, deep-ball threat Ariel Atkins, and associate head coach Eric Thibault will all give personal recounts as the games unfold. 

Here's how to catch all the action:

Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces: 2019 WNBA Semifinals

What: 2019 WNBA Semifinals

When: All-day, Saturday, April 18, 2020

Broadcast Schedule:

Game 1 - 12:00 p.m. - Eric Thibault live tweets

Game 2 - 2:00 p.m. 

Game 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Game 4 - 6:00 p.m. - Natasha Cloud live tweets

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun: 2019 WNBA Finals

What: 2019 WNBA Finals

When: All-day, Sunday, April 26

Broadcast Schedule: 

Game 1 - 12:00 p.m. - Ariel Atkins live tweets

Game 2 - 2:00 p.m.

Game 3 - 4:00 p.m. - Eric Thibault live tweets

Game 4 - 6:00 p.m.

Game 5 - 8:00 p.m. - Elena Delle Donne live tweets

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

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Mystics guard Natasha Cloud calls for end of silence around racism in powerful essay

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Mystics guard Natasha Cloud calls for end of silence around racism in powerful essay

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud penned a powerful personal essay in The Players Tribune published Saturday, calling for individuals, particularly athletes, to not be silent on issues of race. 

In the essay, she asks fellow athletes to stand up with her to call out racism without politely opting out of the conversation. Athletes, as she notes, have the power to help influence and change behavior. They have the "ability to really change things."

Her essay is following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, who died after a police officer put his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. His death has sparked outrage and civil unrest in the community and in several other cities across the country. 

Cloud says that she is tried of herself fearing for her life and for other black people for fearing for their lives and the systems that uphold white supremacy.

That’s what’s so scary about it to me. That’s what’s so crazy about it, and so frustrating. And if I’m being honest, that’s what pisses me off. Because it’s like — those racist cops who keep killing us? There’s way too many of them, that’s for sure. But we’re going to keep on speaking out, keep on shining a light at their behavior….. and eventually we’re going to get them the hell out of the paint. Relatively speaking, that one’s easy. But you know what’s not as easy?? You know what’s harder to shine a light on? The millions of people who are helping to protect those racist cops, and who are helping to insulate those in power, by staying “neutral.” That right there is what’s exhausting to me. It’s all the people who think that — in 2020!! — they can still somehow just politely opt out of this [explective].

Cloud is one of many professional athletes to speak out following the death of Floyd including the Wizards' Bradley Beal and Nationals' Sean Doolittle.

In her essay, Cloud also highlighted the response from Mystics teammate Elena Delle Donne in an Instagram Story in the immediate aftermath of Floyd's death. Since, Delle Donne has posted Nike's new campaign "Don't Do It" which calls out racism on her accounts as well.

"I saw Elena’s post, and I was just like….. Ahhh, I [explective] KNEW my teammate would have my back. I knew it. And that felt so good. That’s the MVP of our league, one of the most famous white basketball players alive, and now everyone is seeing how real she is. How she didn’t hesitate — she got in there. And it was like, even that ONE post on its own, it took just a little bit of the weight off my shoulders. It made me feel just a little less powerless in this world," Cloud said. 

In the past Cloud has spoken out against gun violence in DC, holding a "media blackout" to address gun reform in D.C. Since arriving in the WNBA she has been a huge vocal leader of her community and measures her success by her impact.

Read the full essay in The Players Tribune

Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles make Brianna Stewart and Jewell Loyd's all-decade college team

Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles make Brianna Stewart and Jewell Loyd's all-decade college team

Greatness recognizes greatness, that's apparently what WNBA stars do when they have time on their hands during a pandemic. 

Two of the best players in the WNBA, Brianna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, decided to come up with their own All-Decade Women's College Hoops Team in the Players' Tribune. On their list were two Washington Mystics stars, defending MVP Elena Delle Donne and new addition Tina Charles. 

Only players who played in college from 2010-19 were included. Here are their comments on the two:

Elena Delle Donne (Delaware 2009-13):

Loyd: I’m definitely picking up Delle Donne. She’s just a special player from college to now. You can’t really guard her. She just dominated college ball, shooting over people. It was ridiculous. Too easy.

Stewart: Remember when she went back to Delaware for her senior year and made that run in the tournament? They were playing in Bridgeport, and just being able to watch the game — it was just like, wow.

Tina Charles (Connecticut 2006-10)

Stewart: Tina definitely needs to get on this list. I mean, I have to go with my other UConn person. I never played with Tina, but when she was playing I was committed to going to UConn and was just always paying attention. And the combination of Tina and Maya … I mean, to have them be at the three–four, or the four–five together, is difficult.

At Delaware, Delle Donne became one of the most prolific scorers in the game. While she only led the team to two NCAA Tournaments, she transformed her local program to a nationally ranked team. Originally Delle Donne was set to go to UConn before withdrawing and returning closer to home. 

Charles was a part of a re-build for Connecticut's standards. After Dianna Taurasi graduated in 2004, the team had a three-year stretch where they did not make the Final Four and were not one of the top-ranked in the country. They did, however, make two Elite Eights and a Sweet Sixteen. Charles got them back up to UConn standards when she arrived. Her junior and senior years they were national champions once again. 

The two Seattle Storm players' list includes a who's who of WNBA All-Stars. Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Nneka Ogwumike and 2020 WNBA No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu are included.

And while we appreciate Stewart's modesty, there's no world where you have a women's college all-star list and not have Brianna Stewart on there. Four-time NCAA Champion, four-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and three-time consensus National Player of the Year, come on Stewie you can pat yourself on the back. Loyd can too. 

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