Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Big Win! Big Loss?

You saw it tonight on ESPN2. The Mystics traveled to the Dream's house, where Atlanta has been nearly unbeatable this season (10-2 before today). And you saw what we saw, a gritty performance by the visiting team against the Conference-leading Dream. Mystics win, 86-78, to move up into 2nd place (tied with Indy), 1 game behind Atlanta.

Now if that were all that had happened tonight, the BCs would be doing another happy dance. But while the Mystics got a big win, they also suffered a loss. How much of a loss . . . well, it's too soon to tell. Of course, having watched it, you know we're talking about Lindsey Harding's injury. With a little less than 4 minutes remaining in the game, Lindsey landed on Sancho Lyttle's foot, went down and had to be carried to the locker room. She did not return to the bench for the remainder of the game. So, frankly, we're holding our collective breaths until more information is available about the extent of Lindsey's injury. Our fingers, toes and eyes are crossed hoping for the best.

Before she went down, Lindsey had managed to score 16 points, dish out 6 assists (against only 1 TO) and pull down 4 rebounds. Her performance, though slightly less dramatic than it was in Indy last week, nevertheless was critical to Washington's victory. Warhorse Katie Smith, playing 35 minutes (including taking over at PG when Lindsey left), led the Mystics with 18. Not unexpectedly, Crystal (or "Steady Eddie" as the coaching staff calls her) finished with another double-double (15 points & 12 rebounds), notching her 1,000th career point along the way. And Matee, off the bench, added 14 points (most of them in the critical final period) plus 4 assists.

All season, the Mystics have been outrebounding their (usually taller) opponents, and tonight was no exception (36-28), but what was encouraging about this game was that, for a change, the Mystics actually had more assisted baskets than the Dream. Washington's aggressiveness on the glass and unselfish play were two key reasons they got this big (nationally televised) win.

We're proud of the heart the Mystics showed. Beating the afterShock at home is nice, but beating the #1 team in the Conference on the road is even nicer. Let's hope that Lindsey's setback is minor and that she's back in action before Friday's 7:30 PM tip-off against the Liberty at Madison Square Garden. The Mystics certainly need her . . . especially now. It's always tough to win in the Garden, and at the moment the Libs are the hottest team in the WNBA, having won 4 in a row.

Go Mystics . . . Beat New York!

P.S. By the way, one promising development: though she didn't see action tonight, Jacinta Monroe was in uniform on the bench, so we hope to see her back on the court soon.

20 Comments:

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah mystics!!!!!!

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Elsa4Sound said...

Great game! 5 fouls on Marissa seems a bit crazy. But mainly I hope Lindsey's ok

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, I hope Lindsay is okay.

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger kerry said...

Didn't look good - she had to be carried out.... It's too bad, because the Mystics have been picking up some momentum in the last few games.

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Sue said...

Marissa is looking good and confident out there. Glad she's getting more playing time. Her fouls are coming from hustle plays, not from sloppy reaches after getting beat on defense, so I'm not worried.

I'd sure like to get early season Monique back for the run to the playoffs...and beyond...

 
At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about winning the battle and losing (maybe) the war! Winning the game and let's hope hope hope we don't lose Lindsey! But what is amazing about this group, they keep fighting. I am so very proud of everyone's effort. Course now I can't sleep worrying about them, or it could be the coffee I had at 4pm this afternoon!

Mystics you are our Iron Warriors!!!
SR

 
At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It did not look good. I am just really hoping they were just being careful with her. Without Lindsey, it's over.

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I taped the game and went back and looked at Lindsey's injury and the end of the game and I'm pretty sure that Lindsey was sitting at the very end of the bench at the end of the game with Navin next to her. She had a white headband and there were 3 other players sitting closer to the coaches. I hope she is okay. If she is out and Jacinta comes back, we will still only have 9 players and not get an exemption. Be well Lindsey.

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw her also at the end of the bench with her ankle iced. I wish we knew something now and thAt something was good news. Hopefully no more than a game she will miss. We really cAnt lose her. We could not recover.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Susan G said...

Let's not panic folks! Navin is a magic man. Also Katie took the Shock to the finals as the point guard. We have proven that we are an adaptable team. GO Mystics!!

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Susan G!! You are right-pull us back from the edge. Go team, we are with you!!

 
At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie Smith is no Lindsey Harding at the point. We would lose a top scorer. This is a really big deal. I hope she isn't out for an extended period of time.

 
At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great game Mystics. Way to dig deep and pull it out. I love this team! Be well Lindsey.

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great win Mystics! And folks- it ain't over! As mentioned in a previous comment, we've adapted ALL SUMMER.... we'll be fine.

GO MYSTICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have an update on Lindsey Harding's injury?

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger fr mike said...

GO MYSTICS! I HOPE HOPE HOPE LINDSEY IS HEALTHY. GO MYSTICS! BEAT NEW YORK1

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are we going to find out about Lindsey? We need to know!

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Section 104 said...

I assume that the organization wants her status to be unknown for as long as possible, since it makes it tougher on upcoming opponents - they have to prepare for more possibile lineups.

At least we haven't heard any fire/hire announcements where the organization is bringing someone in as a temporary replacement for Linds. They might be considering putting Ashley on the market in order to bring in someone more experienced. A move like that would obviously indicate a more severe injury and slower return.
Curse these short rosters!

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Susan G said...

I just received an Email from Angela Taylor and "She is day to day."

 
At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope she can be back for the con games. I doubt we will see her play in NYC. Marissa and Matee will have to step it up a notch.

 

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