Already faced with a daunting task of winning a playoff series without its best player, the Washington Mystics did themselves no favors shooting 36 percent from the field. In their first game without the injured Elena Delle Donne, the Mystics fell short 81-76 to the Atlanta Dream in Game 3 of the WNBA semifinals series.
Washington shot just 21.7 percent from three. Natasha Cloud was one of the many Mystics that struggled shooting. Cloud shot a dismal 1-of-7 from the field and played just 21 minutes netting a minus-21.
Following the tough loss, Cloud wasted no time getting the kinks out of her armor as she stayed around the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University, putting up shots.
Natasha Cloud on the court putting up extra shots
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Delle Donne missed the game with a bruised bone in her left knee she suffered in the fourth quarter of Game 2. The injury could have been much worse, but she is not quite ready to return to court.
Coach Mike Thibault: "Hard to win a game when you shoot 36%."
On not having star power of Elena Delle Donne: Your team is never going to be the same without them.
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Meanwhile, the Mystics season now hangs in the balance needing a win in Sunday’s Game 4 to extend their season and force a winner-take-all Game 5. For Cloud she is doing all see can to shake off a dreadful shooting night to hopefully improve for Game 4.