Despite having a small disc herniation, Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne played in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals 2019. Though she was limited, Delle Donne still managed to score 13 points and grab six rebounds in 26 minutes.
With the Mystics stepping up around her, Elena Delle Donne gritted out 13 points in 26 minutes as Washington took a 2-1 lead in the WNBA Finals. Emma Meesseman had 21 points, Kristi Toliver added 20 and Natasha Cloud 19.https://t.co/hYHtRL22n9
— ESPN Women's Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) October 6, 2019
With such a short recovery time following Game 3, Delle Donne’s status was unclear. On Monday Oct. 7, Mystics’ Head Coach Mike Thibault provided an update at practice.
Delle Donne also provided an update on both her physical and mental health ahead of Game 4.
The @WNBA MVP @De11eDonne said she'll play in Game 4 of the #WNBAFinals Della Donne also credited @WashMystics head coach Mike Thibault with helping her grow as a player and team leader! pic.twitter.com/ZBzj1Wwh4Z
— John Pierson (@JPPierson) October 7, 2019
At practice, Delle Donne was not shy about sharing the amount of pain she was in. However, she is still determined to play in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Elena Delle Donne says herniated disk feels like having ‘a pole up my back’ https://t.co/DcDgZ5E3Uh
— Post Sports (@PostSports) October 7, 2019
Monday, despite her back discomfort, @De11eDonne was in good spirits at @WNBA Finals media availability. She joked the back injury may have killed her golf game. But, seriously, she said she expects to be a go for Game 4 for @WashMystics. https://t.co/v32jOxtZyA
— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) October 7, 2019
The potential series-clinching Game 4 will air on ESPN 2 at 8:00 PM/ET.
Although she's been fighting a back injury, Elena Delle Donne has been very clear — she's not about to miss this next game. https://t.co/5QgJFvEKVU
— Delaware Online (@delawareonline) October 8, 2019
The Washington Mystics lead the WNBA Finals 2019 2-1. They face the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 tonight, 8:00PM/ET on ESPN2.