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WNBA Preview: Streaking to the Connecticut Suns, Phoenix Mercury starts the game

The league’s leading Connecticut Suns (20-6) have the opportunity to go to the US capital to meet with the Washington Mysteries​​(10-15) at 7pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, to get the longest winning streak in the 2021 WNBA season (NBA television).

Winner of eight consecutive games, the Suns’ ninth consecutive victory will surpass the Minnesota Bobcats’ eight-game winning streak. Coincidentally, they were intercepted by the Suns.

The Suns’ schedule undoubtedly helped them secure this winning streak, as they enjoyed five home games at the Golden Suns Arena, where the Suns were almost unbeatable, partly because their opponents had to travel to Uncasville, Connecticut. Outpost.

However, the sun far away from home is by no means fragile. They set a record of 12-5 in the away game, with a net score of 6.8. More importantly, two of the losses occurred in the absence of Jonquel Jones, because Connecticut lost two games against the Sky in Chicago when Jones participated in the EuroBasket game.

Since the Mystics lack Tina Charles and Elena Dale Dorn, it is difficult to bet the Suns on their ninth consecutive victory.

The Phoenix Mercury (15-10) is also running naked.

Winners of six consecutive games, they followed up three undefeated home games with three undefeated road trips. They returned to the valley to welcome the Chicago Sky team (14-12). They played two storm sweeps in Seattle and participated in the game at 10 p.m. (NBA TV) on Tuesday night.

Due to the absence of Brittney Griner, the challenge of winning the seventh consecutive game may become more difficult. Griener missed the Phoenix’s second game in New York, and she sprained her ankle in the Mercury’s first victory over the Liberty last Wednesday.

Fortunately for Phoenix, Skylar Diggins-Smith has been shining. During the Tokyo Olympics, after the U.S. team only got limited playing time, Diggins-Smith seemed to be interested in proving that she was one of the best women’s basketball players in the world and won the Western Conference Player of the Week for her efforts. In the Mercury’s three road trips, she averaged 26.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1 block per game. She averaged three three-pointers per game, and her three-pointer percentage reached 60%. She also free throws 8 times per game.

It will be interesting to see how Sky coach James Wade deployed his long, athletic perimeter defender against Diggins-Smith in Kahleah Copper and Diamond DeShields.

There are two more games on the WNBA schedule on Tuesday night.

After four consecutive victories, the Los Angeles Sparks (10-16) lost three consecutive games on the East Coast road trip. Their trip will continue to fight fever (5-19) in Indiana at 7pm EST (Twitter).

When they face the Minnesota Lynx (15-9) at 8pm Eastern Time (Amazon Prime), the New York Liberty (11-16) will also seek to stop the decline. After losing four games in a row, the Liberty fell to eighth in the standings, barely retaining the last playoff spot. It is difficult to avoid a fifth consecutive loss because the Bobcats have not lost in the center of the goal since June 15.


Game information

Indiana Fever (5-19) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (10-16)

when: Tuesday, August 31, 7 p.m. EDT

Where: Indiana Farmers Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

How to watch: Twitter or Bally Sports Indiana

The key to the game: Many WNBA observers have been waiting for the breakthrough of mature Kelsey Mitchell, when the second scoring champion in NCAA history will surpass the star-studded light and grow into a certified offensive super Superstar. On the contrary, the flank of the fourth grade has leveled off, if not regressed slightly. Her scoring efficiency declined, largely due to her struggles outside the three-point line. She also assumed a reduced organizational role, as evidenced by her lower assist rate and average level. In August, Mitchell was more active in looking for shooting opportunities. After averaging 14.4 shots per game in the first half of the season, the number of shots per game increased to 18.3. Even if her efficiency is still lagging behind, the increased aggression is encouraging, especially because it makes Mitchell more likely to get her explosive scoring game. Crucially, this can help the Heat find another Victory.

Fever report: Danielle Robinson (problem; ankle), Kysre Gondrezick (out indefinitely; individual), Bernadett Határ (out indefinitely; ankle), Chelsey Perry (out in season; knee)

Spark injury report: Chiney Ogwumike (problem; knee), Kristi Toliver (out; hands), Jasmine Walker (out in season; knees)

Highlights: Kelsey Mitchell (Kelsey Mitchell) firmly rushes to the basket

Washington Mysteries (10-15) vs. Connecticut Suns (20-6)

when: Tuesday, August 31, 7 p.m. EDT

Where: Entertainment and stadiums in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: NBA TV, NBC Sports Washington and NESN+

The key to the game: When the sun is Hype Brian January As the best defensive player of the year candidate, the importance of January’s offense to the Suns’ success is also commendable. This season, she averaged 6.9 points per game on 6 field goals, including 1.3 free throws and 2.3 three-pointers. In Connecticut’s current winning streak, she averaged 9.8 points per game, slightly increasing her outside and inside attempts. In these eight games, she scored in double figures in five games, especially in the game against the Las Vegas Aces. She scored a season-high 19 points with a 70% shooting rate. Active and efficient January has made the already dangerous Sun an even more difficult challenge for opponents.

Sunburn report: Alyssa Thomas (absent; Achilles)

Mysterious man injury report: Elena Delle Donne (problems; come back), Tina Charles (out; hip strain)

Highlights: Briann January’s fiery shooting burned Aces

Minnesota Bobcats (15-9) vs. New York Liberty (11-16)

when: Tuesday, August 31, 8 p.m. EDT

Where: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

How to watch: Amazon Prime or Bally Sports North+

The key to the game: Yes this Is Didi Richards real? Since the offseason of the Olympics, the rookie from Baylor has made a significant leap. Expected to be primarily a defensive spoiler, she has recently provided some unexpected offensive contributions. She was not a three-point shooter when she was in college. In August, she averaged 2.2 three-pointers per game, and her shooting percentage was 61.5%. Although this percentage is unsustainable, Richards’ prospects as a reliable, above-average three-point shooter will be an important added value to New York’s happy three-point offense, especially because she is also An influential player on the defensive end.

Bobcat injury report: Rennia Davis (sides; feet), Sylvia Fowles (problems; shoulders), Layshia Clarendon (sides; legs)

Free injury report: Sami Whitcomb (problem; ankle), Jocelyn Willoughby (absent; Achilles tendon), Jazmine Jones (absent; feet)

Highlights: Didi Richards draws a deep ball!

Phoenix Mercury (15-10) vs. Chicago Sky (14-12)

when: Tuesday, August 31, 7 p.m. EDT

Where: Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona

How to watch: NBA TV, Bally Sports AZ+, The U or NBA TV Canada

The key to the game: For most teams, the four West Coast road trips will be very dangerous. The sky is not like this! This season, Chicago has an away record of 10-4 and a home record of 4-8. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the Sky swept Seattle in two games against the Storm.Although their offense provided the motivation for the team A big win In the storm on Sunday, their defense distinguished their away performance from their home performance. Chicago’s home defense score is 101.3, and the away defense score is 92.4. Therefore, they are a legitimate threat to break Mercury’s winning streak in Phoenix. The Sky team should also have some extra motivation, as the Mercury team won the first two games of these teams with a total score of 4 points.

Mercury injury report: Brittney Griner (problem; ankle), Bria Hartley (out indefinitely; knee)

Sky damage report: Astou Ndour-Fall (out; feet)

Highlights: Enjoy Chicago’s best offensive burst in Seattle



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