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

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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.
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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.

Storylines

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.

Storylines

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.