Jones helps Sun even series as Delle Donne exits for Mystics

Jones helps Sun even WNBA Finals series as Mystics star Delle Donne leaves early

Jones helps Sun even WNBA Finals series as Mystics star Delle Donne leaves early

Delle Donne missed three games during the regular season because of lingering knee soreness in May and a broken nose in July.

Without the league's MVP, Washington lost to CT 95-86 on Tuesday night, evening the best-of-five series at 1-1.

When asked if the Sun players and coaches talked about Delle Donne not playing for the majority of the game, they said it wasn't necessary. Just a few minutes into this game, she checked out and went straight to the locker room with what the team later announced was back spasms. Alyssa Thomas also played a strong all-around game, going for 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Courtney Williams kept up her hot shooting to add 22 points.

With five days separating us from Game 3, here is a look at some of the highs and lows - as well as counters to each - of the first two games. "Only good thing, I didn't look forward to having four days between games until right now". There's no doubt that she was aided by the absence of Delle Donne, but that doesn't take away from what she did on Tuesday night, which was put together the first 30-15 game in Finals history and set a Finals rebounding record. But it wasn't good. "On the very first lay-up that she went up for, it grabbed on her, and she came down and just immediately said, 'Give me a sub'". Last year Delle Donne played through her knee injury during the WNBA Finals and was clearly not her normal self. Delle Donne won the 2019 MVP, and was the best player in the league by a wide margin - her 7.7 win shares easily led the WNBA in 2019. "And we've been able to treat it, and it's responded pretty well, and she's been OK".

Once Delle Donne left, the air was let out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Tuesday night.

"She's just had, kind of ongoing, late-in-the-season tightness", said Mystics coach Mike Thibault. Other than that, she has been relatively healthy all season.

"She's such a enormous phase of what they manufacture". "I told her I felt take care of I will even put up the ball from half court docket and she used to be going to survey out for me and in finding the rebound".

Alyssa Thomas had three straight baskets for CT in the rally while Jones and Williams each drained three-point shots.

The only real in the near previous crowned league MVP, who averaged 19.5 components and 8.2 rebounds this season, can occupy an MRI Wednesday. From there, the Mystics will evaluate how and if Delle Donne will be involved for the remainder of the series.

"I used to be upset in Game 1", acknowledged Jones, who had doubtlessly the most components in the finals since 2011 when Angel McCoughtry had 38 and Seimone Augustus 36.

Indeed, Jones toyed with primary defenders LaToya Sanders and Emma Meesseman.

Offensively, Washington was not bad. Once again, she delivered a masterful playoff performance with 23 points, but lacked the consistent offensive support around her. If the Mystics want any chance without Delle Donne, their defense will have to improve.

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud protects the basketball while defended by Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas during the Sun's 99-87 victory in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in southeast D.C. on October 1.

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