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D.C.: Walking in a winter wonderland

Basketball

The GIST: Itโ€™s chilly outside, but the Wizards, Mystics and Capitals are keeping things hot and spicy.

February 01, 2021
Source: Kathryn Riley/Getty Images
Source: Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

๐Ÿ€Wizards: Thanks to two clutch three-pointers and an amazing steal, the Wizards โ€” with all six players cleared from the health and safety protocols โ€” finally won their fourth game of the season last night, defeating a James Harden-less Brooklyn Nets squad 149โ€“146. Did the Wiz take some Felix Felicis

Mystics: The Mystics are in the thick of the WNBA free agency action. Theyโ€™re losing Aerial Powers, who was averaging career-highs in 2020 before a season-ending hamstring injury, to the Minnesota Lynx (miss her already). But theyโ€™re bringing on another champion in three-point specialist Alysha Clark, who just won a championship with the Seattle Storm. Splash.

  • They say that defense wins championships...and Clark is one of the best defenders in the game. Pair her with the returning Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics will be dangerous. 

๐Ÿ’Capitals: While the Mystics are shaking things up, thereโ€™s a familiar face back at Capital One Arena. Captain Alex Ovechkin returned on Saturday, after being on the COVID-19 protocol list and immediately made an impact, netting the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the Boston Bruins 4โ€“3. Welcome back, Ovi.

  • The Caps look to take down the Bruins again at 7 p.m. ET tonight. And if defenseman Zdeno Chรกra can score against his former teammates, that would be icing on the cake.