The matchup: The two teams currently on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture also own the longest losing streaks in the WNBA. One of those skids comes to an end when the Washington Mystics travel to face the New York Liberty on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Mystics (5-20) returned from the Olympic break with a slim chance at a playoff berth. Losing four straight and six of seven since has not helped their cause. Washington sits 4.5 games behind Chicago, currently the fourth and final seed, and four back of New York.The road has not been kind to the Mystics, who have dropped 12 of 13 away from the Verizon Center. However the one victory came at New York immediately before the break, a stunning 70-53 win behind 24 points from Crystal Langhorne. Since then, five straight road losses, four by at least 15 points.The Liberty (9-16), losers of three straight, committed 21 turnovers and shot 32 percent from the field in the previous loss to the Mystics. Cappie Pondexter, the WNBAs leading scorer with 20.7 points per game, averaged 23.5 points in two games against the Mystics this season including 25 in a June win at Washington.Last time out: Holding a two-point lead at halftime, the Mystics lost their way during the second half at Atlanta, outscored by the new-look Dream 51-28 over the final two quarter. Despite playing without the leading scorer Angel McCoughtry, suspended for a team violation, Atlanta gave new head coach Fred Williams his first victory by scoring 24 fast-break points compared to Washingtons eight and opening the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run. We turned the ball over which led to some easy baskets for them, Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey said. The other piece of it is we fouled and got them on the free throw line. When you play with that combination it leads to easy points for the other team.Monique Currie scored a team-high 14 points and Crystal Langhorne had 13 for the Mystics, who have lost their last three games by an average of 16.6 points.Consistent Currie: Since returning from the Olympic break, the Mystics small forward has reached double digit points in six of seven games yet did not tally more than 14 points in any game during that span. Washingtons second-leading scorer on the season (10.7) had seven such outings in 18 games before the break, including a season-high 21 points against Connecticut, but also scored in single-digit scoring seven times. Currie is averaging 11.4 points during the second half of the season along with 1.7 steals.
With the trade deadline on Wednesday, it's decision time for Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. Should he buy, sell or stand pat?
The Caps have shown yet again that they are one of the top teams in the NHL, but no team is without its weaknesses. One could argue the Caps don't need to do add any pieces to the mix, but if they don't, others will. Could the competition close the gap on the Caps? If Washington does add a player, however, how do they make sure it's the right player, someone who will mesh well and will be able to make an instant impact?
Those are the questions keeping general managers across the league up at night.
The NFL world descends on Indianapolis this week to scout college football players eligible for the upcoming draft at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine.
That's not all that goes on, as agents and front offices begin to work on new deals that will have the rumor mill buzzing.
The Redskins have nine picks in the 2017 Draft, and Scot McCloughan and crew will be very busy this week. There will be plenty of big names drawing attention, but here are some off-the-radar guys the Washington scouts will be checking out.
Much of the focus for Redskins fans will be what McCloughan does with his first-round pick at No. 17, but remember, some of the GM's best work often comes late in the draft. Further, McCloughan is armed with extra picks in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds.
The 2017 NFL Draft is loaded with lots of potential along the defensive line, and that will be a major area of focus for the Redskins. The team will also need to supplement offensive skill positions after what could be a rough run in free agency.
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