D.C.: Walking in a winter wonderland

February 1, 2021
The GIST: It’s chilly outside, but the Wizards, Mystics and Capitals are keeping things hot and spicy.
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D.C.: Walking in a winter wonderland
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🏀Wizards: Thanks to two clutch three-pointers and an amazing steal, the Wizards — with all six players cleared from the health and safety protocols — finally won their fourth game of the season last night, defeating a James Harden-less Brooklyn Nets squad 149–146. Did the Wiz take some Felix Felicis?

Mystics: The Mystics are in the thick of the WNBA free agency action. They’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 they’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.

🏒Capitals: While the Mystics are shaking things up, there’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 4–3. Welcome back, Ovi.

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