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Preview: Storm host Mystics to round out Sunday WNBA action

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Elena Delle Donne should have a mighty impact in the Mystics’ rematch with the Storm after not playing in the teams’ first meeting.
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In a rematch between two of the league’s top teams, it seems that once again, anything could happen. Here’s how to follow the game.

Seattle Storm (14-5) vs. Washington Mystics (12-6)

When: Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: KeyArena | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming), JOEtv (Seattle-area TV), Monumental Network (D.C.-area TV)

Injuries: None to report.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Storm 81, Mystics 77 (May 29)

The Mystics are ready to make a move on the first-place Storm in a big way. Winning this game would bring them to within a half-game of Seattle (and potentially Phoenix as well, should the Mercury lose earlier in the afternoon). They come into this game having won their last two games as well as 6 of their last 7, and behind the hot shooting of Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver, they look ready for more.

Of course, the Storm are in first place for a reason. After several seasons of rebuilding, Seattle is poised to have its best season since at least 2011, one that could even rival their 2010 title season. They come into Sunday’s game on a four-game winning streak with Breanna Stewart playing as well as ever, averaging a league-leading 22.2 points per game (plus, Sunday is her bobblehead night). All five starters, in fact, scored in double figures in Seattle’s Friday win against Atlanta.

But it’s also important to remember that Delle Donne, the Mystics’ leading scorer as well as sixth in the league and an obvious reason why the team is in the position they are now, was out with an illness during these teams’ previous meeting. Undoubtedly, she will have a massive impact on this game. And with how well both teams have been playing of late, another exciting, close result could very well be in store.