Tuesday, May 13, 2008

And Then There Were Thirteen.

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.


At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tonight will be exciting, indeed. Although, I'm a little disappointed to see us release players we originally drafted (James, Pluimer). Is that a sign that our scouting could use some work?

At 7:36 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

We think it's quite the opposite. The women's game continues to improve and adding new talent is part of the process, but it's also necessary to make room for the new players. We're excited to see Krystal Vaughn (another pick in this year's draft) play tonight. Our "scouting" picked up on her despite the fact that she played for a small conference team.



At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for my first full season as a Mystics season ticket holder! I got a ticket for my 6-year-old son this season too--trying to get him hooked young. GO MYSTICS!


At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you all tonight! Go Mystics! Think we'll have a Chubby Checker sighting?

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a little head scratching when the Mystics passed up a point guard with their 2nd round pick. It seems even more so now.


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