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Elena Delle Donne will play Game 3 for Mystics after back injury

Elena Delle Donne will play Game 3 for Mystics after back injury”

The Sun pulled out a victory in Delle Donne's absence after she left less than three minutes into the contest.

In their most dire time of the 2019 season, with question marks about Delle Donne and the Sun confidently tying the series up at one game apiece, the best offensive team in WNBA history delivered.

In what has been a very close series so far the Mystics are going to travel in this game to face the Sun.

The series is tied, 1-1, coming to CT for the second two games. She began experiencing back spasms just moments into Tuesday's Game 2, and an MRI on Wednesday revealed a herniated disk that's pinching a nerve. They'll need much better performances from Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones if they want to get a win in that one.

3-point shooting was the big difference in this one, as the Mystics shot 16-for-27 (59.3%) from beyond the arc while the Sun shot just 5-for-20 (25.0%).

Washington will try and close out the series on Tuesday night in CT. Kristi Toliver took over the main scoring and playmaking duties, and finished with 20 points and 10 assists, while the Mystics as a team were on fire from downtown, draining 16 3-pointers.

Washington took a 17-point lead in the first quarter and led 41-27 in the second quarter before CT went on a 12-0 run. When neither of them are able to get going, the Sun are going to have a hard time.

After Connecticut cut the lead to 55-53 with 5:07 left in the third quarter, Washington went on a 13-2 run starting with a Delle Donne 3-pointer. Thirty minutes before tip-off, the Mystics made the decision that she would start. The team said it was part of the plan to keep her back warm by having her keep moving and stretch with the trainers instead of sitting on the bench.

CT was led by Shekinna Stricklen and Jasmine Thomas, who both scored 16 points apiece. "We really didn't know if I was going to be able to go today, because I hadn't done anything until right up before the game". That latter total included a WNBA finals record nine offensive boards.

Washington outrebounded CT, 34-27, after being dominated on the boards, 41-27, in Game 2. This was the first Finals game at the Mohegan Sun since they went to back-to-back Finals in 2004 and 2005.

On Saturday, Mystics head coach Mike Thibault announced both were questionable for the game due to back injuries.

Connecticut: The Sun were 15-2 at home in the regular season and swept their two semi-final games here against Los Angeles.

"It's a little weird", he said. "I think the other thing is it gives them confidence because no matter whether she's limited and whether she can put the ball on the floor and go by anybody, she's such a good shooter". So I've been doing a lot of standing, a lot of core work, a lot of glute work.



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