The matchup: Back home after opening the second half of the season with three out of four road games, the Mystics host Atlanta on Friday (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet). Washington (5-17) dropped all three of those away contests, but in between downed Chicago in overtime at the Verizon Center. The Mystics remain last in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind Chicago and New York for the final playoff spot. The Dream (11-11), third in the East, are led by gold medalist Angel McCoughtry and ex-Mystic Lindsey Harding. Playing head-to-head for the first time this season, Washington and Atlanta will meet four times over the final month of the regular season. Last season the Dream took three of five games in the series.Last time out: The Mystics became the latest victim of the sizzling San Antonio Silver Stars, falling 75-72 on Wednesday. Playing their fourth game in six days, the Mystics shot 3 of 13 in the first quarter and were outscored 26-12 in the third. Trailing by 15 points entering the final 10 minutes, Crystal Langhorne and Monique Currie sparked a rally as Washington pulled within six midway through the fourth quarter. Jasmine Thomass 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds cut the lead to three, but San Antonio dribbled out the clock for its 12th straight win."(We) came out in the first five minutes of the second half and just lost our composure and our focus, Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey said. They scored 26 points in that quarter. We fought our way back, missed some shots down the stretch, and didnt close out the game.Langhorne and Thomas paced the Mystics with 17 points while Currie added. The trio combined made 17 of 31 field goal attempts (54.8 percent) from the field while their teammates finished 10 of 31 (32.2 percent).Jumping for Jasmine: Beyond any thoughts of a playoff push, the Mystics second half of the season goal centers on generating consistent and improved production out of their younger players. Thomas, a first-round pick last season, struggled early in the season with her offense and running the Mystics attack. If the last two games are any indication, the Northern Virginia native might be turning the corner.In the win over Chicago, Thomas doled out a career-high eight assists and sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 remaining in overtime. Her 17 points and three 3-pointers against San Antonio matched her season-high.The Dream: McCoughtry, the WNBAs leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, didn't play in Wednesdays 82-71 won over Chicago for personal reasons, the Associated Press reported. The offensively gifted forwards status for Fridays game is uncertain, Dream coach and general manager Marynell Meadors said. Harding, who directed the Mystics attack during the 2009 and 2010 playoff campaigns, is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 assists.
When is the NBA Draft Deadline?
The 2016 NBA Draft takes place on June 23 at 8 p.m. But before players start putting on team hats, college players have to decide if they are staying or going.
The NBA Draft Deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.
This date is not actually an NBA deadline. It is an NCAA deadline, and only applies to college players. International players have additional time to decide if they are keeping their name in the NBA Draft.
Any player that participated in NCAA basketball last season has to make a decision on their eligibility by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday night or forfeit any remaining eligibility, whether they are drafted or not.
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Did Draymond Green deliberately kick Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals? Maybe, but Kevin Durant says that's beside the point.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Game 4, the Thunder star was asked his opinion on the NBA's decision not to suspend Green. His response via The Oklahoman:
I don't even think it's something we should be talking about. They're not going to suspend Draymond Green. He's one of the premier players in the league, on arguably one of the best teams in the history of the game. They're not going to suspend him.
I didn't even really think about it. I knew the league was going to let him play or fine him, upgrade him to a Flagrant 2 ... We all knew that was going to happen. The league is pro-business, so I get it. No hard feelings.
It was a pragmatic response to a potentially series-altering decision, especially coming from an opponent of Green's. Perhaps because Durant isn't afraid of the full-strength Warriors.
Game 4 is set to tip off at Chesapeake Arena at 9 p.m. ET.
Nats (27-18) vs. Mets (26-18) at Nationals Park
The Nationals and Mets are back at it on Tuesday night in their fifth matchup of the season so far, a rematch of last Thursday's showdown between star pitchers Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80) and Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77).
Strasburg got the better of their last meeting in a blowout Nationals win. It was such a bad start for Harvey - nine runs, six earned - that his availability for this game was at one point in question. Harvey, though, has decided to power through his recent struggles hoping to find his way on the mound and against a division rival.
For the Nationals, their lineup is as expected. For the Mets, David Wright is out with Ty Kelly in at third base. And Michael Conforto is in at left field instead of Yoenis Cespedes, who has moved over to center field to replace Juan Lagares.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 183
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Mets - Matt Harvey
CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RF Curtis Granderson
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
LF Michael Conforto
CF Yoenis Cespedes
2B Neil Walker
1B Eric Campbell
C Kevin Plawecki
3B Ty Kelly
RHP Matt Harvey