Can The Mystics Write Their Own Hollywood Ending Against Sparks?

By Jasmine Brown

 

The Mystics face the Los Angeles Sparks in a single-elimination game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It does stink that two of the league’s top four teams have to play a home game in single elimination style, but that’s how the WNBA is set up.

Last Friday, the Mystics and Sparks ended the first half in a scuffle that resulted in double technicals on both teams. The Mystics can’t let what happened on the court the last time these two teams met get in the way of their goal.

Momentum

Despite the travel that the Sparks had to face to come to D.C. after their win on Tuesday, L.A. still enter the matchup with momentum. The Mystics, although well rested, will have to stay focused.

Chelsea Gray

Chelsea Gray is a playoff slayer and she will lock you down on defense. The Mystics did a great job Friday containing Candace Parker (13 points) Gray (10 points) and Nneka Ogwumike (10 points) under their season averages. But as we all know, Gray is on another level in the playoffs, so as long as they can contain her along with Parker and Ogwumike, the Mystics will be just fine.

Home-court advantage

The Mystics usually play in the 20,000 seat Capital One Arena. Thursday they will play in a 5,200 seat arena on the campus of GWU. While small, it is expected that the Charles Smith Center will be filled to capacity, giving the Mystics a huge crowd advantage.