Delle Donne, Mystics hold off Dream to win opener
The Washington Mystics decided to keep Elena Delle Donne in the post and see how the Atlanta Dream would adjust. It worked so well that the Mystics might just stay with the same approach all series.''My teammates have trust in me in those situations to attack and try to make the right read,'' Delle Donne said. ''I was flowing today, so they kind of just ran the offense through me. I just had to make reads or attack.''Delle Donne had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Ariel Atkins added 15 points and the Mystics beat the Dream 87-84 in the first game of a best-of-five WNBA semifinal on Sunday.
Delle Donne later left with a knee injury . Delle Donne will have her knee examined further when the team arrives back in the District on Wednesday, but the first-team all-WNBA selection wasn’t counting herself out for the rest of the series, which is tied at one game apiece and resumes Friday
Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday after being diagnosed with a bruised bone in her left knee , the Mystics announced Wednesday. Delle Donne left Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Atlanta Dream after suffering the injury
Elena Delle Donne gave an awesome quote about her knee injury on Friday night.
Delle Donne had just 10 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes of her Washington Mystics’ Game 1 loss to the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Finals. That’s far below the forward’s averages of 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game during the regular season.
A knee injury suffered in the semifinals against Atlanta is likely to blame for her dropoff in play, but she’s not about to say that. Why? Because according to Delle Donne, “excuses are for losers.”
Asked how close to 100% her knee is, Elena Delle Donne said: "Let’s talk about my knee after this series. Excuses are for losers. If I wanted to be 100 percent, I wouldn’t have come back. I knew coming into this thing, I was going to have to figure out a different way to play."
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Delle Donne is only shooting 38 percent and averaging 13 points per game since the knee injury. In her three prior games, she shot 49 percent and averaged 26 points per game. Even though she won’t say it, we’ll let the stats speak for themselves regarding her knee.
Jewell Loyd scores 23, Storm beat Mystics 89-76 in Game 1 .
Jewell Loyd made 9 of 12 shots and scored 23 points, league MVP Breanna Stewart added 20 points, and the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 89-76 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. The first WNBA Finals game in Seattle in eight years was a dominant performance by the home team, led by the guard who watched most of the fourth quarter of Seattle's Game 5 win over Phoenix in the semifinals.Instead of sulking, Loyd became the leader of an efficient offensive performance from the top team in the league during the regular season.