After an incredible road trip on the western coast, the Washington Mystics returned to Tuesday practice in a different area and one player was missing.
Elena Delle Donne did not join the team for an exercise at Capital One Arena, where the Mystics against Phoenix will have a “camping day” game at 11:30 am on Wednesday, as she was planning a doctor for the broken nose. She suffered the Sunday City of Angels. Delle Donne took shoulder to the first play of 98-81 Washington's loss for the Sparks. Mike Thibault, Mystics Manager and General Manager, said she didn't seem to need surgery at this time, but Delle Donne, the team's top scorer, suspects that she will play in a match on Wednesday. own.
Mystics are playing in Capital One's former capital Arena rather than Entertainment and Sport to better meet the expectations of a large crowd filled with local summer campers.
Delle Donne's status is not the only thing up in the air for Washington (9-4). In addition to preparing for Mercury (6-6) Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner for the first time this season, Thibault is in talks with the WNBA about how the Mystics will be half of the Las Vegas match. Aces.
Washington finished the first half of Friday night in Las Vegas, out of 51-36, before the 7.1-size earthquake hit Southern Southern Mandalay Bay Events Center so big that it was not considered safe to continue the game. Due to factors that only date to date in which both teams are free to play, the situation is more complex; in one, the Mystics will have a different roster than they had on Friday when Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh return on Wednesday night from competition with the Belgian national team in EuroBasket.
Thibault knows that Meesseman and Mestdagh will not be able to make a makeup game, but he called on the league whether the team could fly in Shey Peddy, who temporarily placed the roster instead of Meesseman and Mestdagh, on behalf of the competitions only. Thibault is also convinced whether the makeup game of the same referees must be part of the original.
For makeup dates, the series could be expected in early August. The Aces of Mystics play again in Washington on Saturday afternoon, but Thibault does not like the idea but go on an extra half basketball with the first scheduled game.
“That's six quarters of basketball. No, ”Thibault said. “We are looking at a number of dates. … We play Phoenix on 4 August and do not play again until the 8th, and they are also out of it, it is a question of whether the areas are available. "
For a Mystics team who deals with injury to Delle Donne, Meesseman could not come soon enough. On average there were 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game during Eurobasket and they will be available to play on Saturday.
Thibault aims to play it from the bench, just as it did at the beginning of the year. He does not expect that he will have to replace Delle Donne in the Saturday starting with the Aces, but Meesseman could fill that spot.
“We have to give her a kind of bench at the beginning of the year, see how it goes,” Thibault said. “We've had a number of plays, so you'll have a few days to get to grips with it. She is so clever, she takes things up quickly. I'm not worried about that. ”
Phoenix is the main concern now. Washington is losing out for the Sparks where Los Angeles shot 51.6 per cent from the three-point line of franchise records and was the first WNBA franchise to win 450 games.
Thibault has instructed his team to leave little money.
“We gave them around four open ones that we managed to defend hard, but as a general rule, they did not so shot during the year,” Thibault said. “The team makes 48 points from three, I mean 48 out of 96 points from the three-point line? I do not know what you can do. ”
However, the protection was primarily focused on Tuesday practice. Mercury's Leilani Mitchell is associated with his fifth biggest league this season with 27, and Bonner is linked to the seventh with 24. Protection will also help to promote Mystics's contribution by Delle Donne. Thibault plans Tianna Hawkins and Air Powers to replace Delle Donne as he did against The Sparks. Sunday high-point Powers scored high 24 staff.
“My offense comes from being heavily focused on protection, I believe or not,” said the powers. “But you know, how we work the ball around as a team helped me to get some open shots.” T
Even with Hawkins and Powers playing instead of Delle Donne, the Sanders LaToya center is not expecting the proportion of staff to change dramatically.
“When we have (Delle Donne's) to get out of the game, we have to work specially with her, but kind of the carpenter is a lot of our contribution,” Sanders said. “We have a good chemistry, and unfortunately we played with Elena trying to get a couple games last year. So we know how to adjust. ”
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