Delle Donne plays; Mystics lead WNBA Final

Delle Donne plays; Mystics lead WNBA Final

Delle Donne, who has a herniated disk that is pinching a nerve in her back, had not practiced since leaving Game 2 with back spasms. Her teammates were 2 of 15 from beyond the arc. She nailed her first three shots of the contest, all threes where she was left wide open.

"I just want to be a leader for this team". Whenever she was not on the court Sunday, Delle Donne would be in a corridor riding a stationary bike or walking, Thibault later explained. So they've been working on me for five days straight.

She was clearly limited in her movement and stayed mostly on the perimeter, but was effective enough to command the attention of Connecticut's defense. "And she showed a lot of character and showed a lot of heart just being out on the floor today because she's obviously not feeling great". When she is able to make it onto the court, even with an ailing back, it boosts what they're capable of accomplishing.

Toliver, Emma Meesseman and Natasha Cloud carried the offense.

In what has been a very close series so far the Mystics are going to travel in this game to face the Sun. Game 2 she played less than four minutes. The team made 16 of 27 shots from behind the arc.

CT kicked off the quarter with a quick eight points, but Washington countered that with seven of its own.

But it was all Mystics for the rest of the quarter, with Washington going on a 14-5 run to wrap up the first 10 minutes of Game 3.

Jones finished the first half with a double double, combining 18 points with 10 rebounds.

Washington took a 17-point lead in the first quarter and led 41-27 in the second quarter before CT went on a 12-0 run.

After Connecticut cut the lead to 55-53 with 5:07 left in the third quarter, Washington went on a 13-2 run starting with a Delle Donne 3-pointer.

Connecticut, which dropped to 17-3 at home this season, was led by Shekinna Stricklen's 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. With it, the Mystics are one win away from a WNBA title after a 94-81 victory in CT on Sunday. This is not something I expected, " Delle Donne said of the injury.

Thomas, playing with torn labrums in both shoulders, contributd 21 points and dished off six assists to go with her dozen boards.

Jonquel Jones, Sun: Jones averaged 9.7 rebounds for her second rebounding title in four seasons, tied for the WNBA lead in blocked shots with 2.0 per game and contributed 14.6 points to help CT finish with the league's second-best record. There were a few scary moments for her Sunday.

"The plan was let's see how it goes, sub for her every 4-5 minutes to try to get her a breather", he said. When she came out of Sunday's game, she went to the locker room to stretch and stay warm, rather than sit on the bench.

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