The Washington Mystics and Elena Delle Donne finally get to play in the WNBA Playoffs after a week off due to a double-bye from winning the No. 1 seed.
The Mystics will play the No. 4 seeded Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET. It begins a best-of-five series between two of the best teams in the WNBA this season.
Midway through the year, the Aces were arguably the best team in the league. They were trading turns with the Mystics and the Connecticut Sun sitting atop the WNBA Standings. Led by MVP candidate Liz Cambage, one of the most dominating centers in the league, the Aces were squarely in the running for one of the top seeds and a double-bye.
Then they went cold, finished the season 2-4 and witnessed the Mystics and Sun continued success.
The Aces, honestly, should probably not be here after the incredible end-of-game sequence from the previous round. Dearica Hamby's steal and desperation shot are the only things that have the Aces here and not the Chicago Sky.
Much of the dominance from Cambage and A'ja Wilson has dissipated over the past several weeks. Still, they bring in one of the strongest defensive units in the league to try and slow down the most potent's in WNBA history. In the regular season, the Aces held opponents to a WNBA-best 43.5% from the field and the second-best from 3-point range (32.1%).
Washington won the regular-season series against Las Vegas 2-1. Yet in the process, one game was postponed at halftime by an earthquake and another game delayed because of clock failures. The only game the Aces won was the one that Delle Donne missed.
Washington finished the regular season with a franchise-best 26 wins. They set the WNBA record for made 3-pointers on the season (9.3 per game) and in a game (18), and fewest turnovers (11.3 per game) among a few.
While the Mystics have a much-needed eight days off before they play the Aces, one also has to be concerned if it was too much time off. They will have more time to recover in a series as opposed to the winner-take-all first and second rounds. However, there is not much wiggle room in a five-game series predicated on homefield advantage.
ACES VS. MYSTICS GAME 1:
Who: Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics
What: WNBA Semifinals Game 1
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
MYSTICS vs. ACES WNBA SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE:
Game 1: Tue, Sept. 17: Aces at Mystics, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 2: Thurs, Sept. 19: Aces at Mystics, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 3: Sun, Sept. 22: Mystics at Aces, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 4: Tue, Sept 24: Mystics at Aces, Time TBD, ESPN2 (if necessary)
Game 5: Thurs, Sept. 26: Aces at Mystics, Time TBD, ESPN2 (if necessary)
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