WNBA East Week 2 Preview

Finishing out week two, the N.Y. Liberty look to bounce back after a loss against Chicago Sky while the Washington Mystics look to continue their win streak. 

By Ashley Mouzzon 

Time flies when you’re watching the WNBA! We are already well into week two and the action has been nonstop since opening night last Friday. The Washington Mystics are off to a strong start with three wins and are sitting at the top of the leaderboard, and the Atlanta Dream will be looking for another win after edging out the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday night. While some teams are coming off of wins, others are still searching to find their groove. The Connecticut Sun will look to bounce back after losing their opening game to the New York Liberty last Saturday.

Staying on top: Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings 

Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings – Friday, May 13 at 7 P.M. ET (NBC Sports) 

The Washington Mystics have asserted dominance early and are undefeated, but without Natasha Cloud (out due to health and safety protocol) will they be able to come out on top against Dallas? In their last matchup against the Las Vegas Aces, rookie guard Katie Benzan stepped up in Cloud’s place to grab 12 points and 2 rebounds to give an energy boost to the Mystics offense. Elena Delle Donne will most likely be available to play tonight to help her team both on offense and defense. Despite missing Natasha Cloud tonight as well as Alysha Clark (foot injury), the Mystics will be looking to stay in their number one conference spot. 

Continuing the streak: Las Vegas Aces vs. Atlanta Dream

Las Vegas Aces vs. Atlanta Dream – Friday, May 13 at 7:30 P.M. ET (Bally Sports Southeast) 

The Atlanta Dream has started the season on the right foot with a 2–0 record, but playing against the Las Vegas Aces tonight may prove to be very challenging. The key to their game tonight will be to tighten up on defense. In their last game against the Dallas Wings, the Dream allowed 24 points in the second half. Their play was slightly inconsistent throughout the game, but they managed to pull off their second win of the season. 

The Aces will be hungry for a win after their loss against the Mystics. The Dream’s Rhyne Howard is one to watch tonight as she continues to show out and be a gamechanger for her team. She is likely to put up double digits tonight and knock down a few threes as well; in her last game she shot 50% from the three-point line. 

Bouncing back: Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty

Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty – Friday, May 13 at 8 P.M. ET (Twitter, Facebook/Indiana Fever) 

The New York Liberty will look to bounce back after their blowout loss of 83–50 against the Chicago Sky. The Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu only managed 2 points while the team struggled to score a mere 17 points in the first half. It was clear that the Liberty’s offense was completely shut down by the Sky, and with only one day of rest in between games, they will need to conserve their energy against the Fever. Towering at 6’ 10”, the Liberty’s Han Xu grabbed 10 points on Wednesday night and will be paramount to shutting down the Fever’s key players like Destinee Henderson who like to drive the lane. 

Searching for a win: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun – Saturday, May 14 at 7 P.M. ET (Facebook, NESN +) 

Connecticut played just one game last Saturday against the New York Liberty and fell in the final seconds 81–79. With plenty of rest, the Sun will be on the hunt for their first win against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sun is still missing guard Courtney Williams due to suspension, but they looked stronger in their season opener. Being victorious against the Sparks will not be easy but with forward Alyssa Thomas—who had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists—they will be very strong offensively. Their biggest challenge will be coming up with an answer for Sparks center Liz Cambage, who is a dynamic player with unmatched energy on the floor. It will be crucial for the Sun to play a consistent four quarters of basketball to contend against the Sparks. 

Flying high: Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx

Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx – Saturday, May 14 at 8 P.M. ET (NBA TV) 

The Chicago Sky are flying high after a huge win against the New York Liberty 83–50, setting a franchise record with their largest margin of victory ever. It was clear that the Sky found their groove during this game as returning player Dana Evans had herself a night with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Sky has multiple scoring options between Evans, Candace Parker, and Rebekah Gardner. Playing against the Lynx, they should be watchful of veteran Sylvia Fowles who managed her first double double of the season on Tuesday night with 26 points and 14 rebounds. She is a strong defensive player who can shoot the ball and the Sky will need to guard her efficiently. 

Back to back: New York Liberty vs. Dallas Wings

Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings – Sunday, May 15  at 2 P.M. ET (Yes App) 

The New York Liberty and Dallas Wings will also only have a day of rest in between their last game and this game Sunday afternoon. The Liberty will need to continue to pace themselves throughout the game in order to stay as consistent as possible in scoring. 

Battle of the rookies: Atlanta Dream vs. Indiana Fever

Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings – Sunday, May 15  at 3 P.M. ET (Amazon) 

The Atlanta Dream facing the Indiana Fever will be an exciting matchup of rookies between the Dream’s Rhyne Howard and the Fever’s Emily Engstler, Destinee Henderson, and NaLyssa Smith. Heading into this game, the Dream and the Fever are pretty evenly matched. With a mix of confident rookies and veterans on both ends, it’s going to be a very close game from start to finish. 

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