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Preview: Dream and Storm look to advance to the WNBA Finals in crucial Game 4s

The Atlanta Dream look to close out the Mystics on their home floor in Game 4, while the Seattle Storm look to knock out the Mercury in Phoenix.

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Tiffany Hayes and the Atlanta Dream look to advance to the 2018 WNBA Finals on Sunday with a Mystics defeat.
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Dream look to advance against the Mystics in the nation’s capital, with Elena Delle Donne’s availability a game-time decision. Meanwhile, the Mercury finally made it a series against the Storm in Game 3 and will look to stay alive against Seattle another day.

No. 2 Atlanta Dream (23-11) vs. No. 3 Washington Mystics (22-12)

When: Sunday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Charles Smith Center, George Washington University, Washington, DC | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN2

Injuries: For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne (left knee bone bruise) is a game-time decision. For the Dream, Angel McCoughtry and Damiris Dantas remain out for the season.

The Dream lead the best-of-five series, 2-1.


The Atlanta Dream had the advantage winning, Game 3 in the best-of-five series against the Washington Mystics Friday night to position themselves for the chance to advance to the WNBA Finals. The Dream lost their franchise player, Angel McCoughtry, with a season-ending knee injury against the Las Vegas Aces in early August, but the team adjusted nicely in her absence. On the other squad, Mystics star Elena Delle Donne suffered a bone bruise late in Game 2 versus the Dream, and it showed in Game 3 that Washington has not quite figured out how to win without her. A hard-fought battle, the Dream came up with the Game 3 win, despite the Mystics trying different front-court combinations throughout regulation.

No. 1 Seattle Storm (26-8) vs. No. Phoenix Mercury (20-14)

When: Sunday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. ET

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN2

Injuries: For the Mercury, Stephanie Talbot (concussion) is out and Sancho Lyttle (ACL) remains out for the season. For the Storm, there were no injuries to report.

The Storm lead best-of-five series, 2-1.


The Seattle Storm head into Game 4 on Sunday in Phoenix with a 2-1 advantage in the series against the Mercury. On Friday night, the Mercury showed enough grit to get a Game 3 win, despite losing Stephanie Talbot to a concussion and Diana Taurasi having an uncharacteristic poor offensive performance. The Mercury will try to ride their Game 3 momentum to another win, to keep the series alive. But the Storm will try to close it out tonight with a Game 4 victory and trip to the WNBA Finals.