Thankfully for basketball-starved fans, including the BasketCases, we finally get to see the Mystics play tonight, as the team hosts the Houston Comets at 7 PM at the Phone Booth in DC's final pre-season match-up.
The team we'll be seeing this evening will most likely look a lot like the Mystics' official 2008 roster. That's because late yesterday, the Mystics released three more players: veteran Tamara James, free agent Chandi Jones, and this year's second round pick, Lindsey Pluimer. This brings the Mystics' roster down to the WNBA season maximum of 13 (11 active and 2 inactive).
With the season-opener only four days away, and the roster now pared down, tonight's contest will be more about getting ready for games-that-count than evaluating talent. And while we're looking forward to seeing all of the Mystics (old and new), as Maryland fans, we are particularly looking forward to getting our first look at Crystal Langhorne as a professional. Of course, it will be a bit strange to see her in a red-less uniform. Besides Lang, we are also very excited about seeing what we expect will be the team's new starting five -- Alana Beard, Nikki Blue, Mo Currie, Nakia Sanford, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin -- in their first game together on their home court.
See you tonight at the Phone Booth! And don't forget to bring diapers.