The BasketCases Have Decided to put about as much effort into this post as the Mystics put into their game tonight in Atlanta. In other words, not much.
If you watched the webcast, you're probably either asleep by now or busy trying to recapture those lost 2 and a half hours of your life. If you didn't see it, then here's what you need to know:
The Mystics lost 72-65, but the game wasn't really as close as the final score suggests. The Mystics had more turnovers than a well-stocked bakery, 28 in all. At times it appeared that the Mystics thought their teammates were wearing white, the way they threw the ball to Dream players over and over again. Atlanta scored 23 points off the Mystics' turnovers.
The Mystics hit 2 of 11 shots from beyond the arc . . . both by Matee Ajavon and both coming in the last 2 minutes, meaning that Washington was 0-9 from long range in the first 38 minutes. Prior to hitting those 3s, Matee was 0-6 from the field. Meanwhile, Mo Currie was 1-8 for the game, including missing all 3 of her attempts from outside the arc. And reserve Tasha Humphrey's only offensive contributions (in about 6 minutes of playing time) consisted of launching and missing 2 treys. The BasketCases are at a loss to understand how a "big" like Tasha seems incapable of taking a shot closer than 21 feet from the basket.
Once again, free throw shooting was hardly the Mystics' forte. 65% tonight.
The only area where the Mystics performed well was on the glass, outrebounding Atlanta 40-29. Unfortunately, many of those boards simply led to bad passes and turnovers. Time and again, the Mystics failed to capitalize.
Three Mystics finished in double figures, Alana, Lindsey and Lang (16, 11 & 10 points, respectively). Lindsey was the only Mystics player on the floor who really seemed to bring some energy to tonight's game. But it wasn't contagious. This was an ugly, turnover and foul-ridden game, featuring plenty of poor shooting. In other words, it was one the team -- and their fans -- would like to forget.