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Sun return home and get chance to play the role of spoiler

By Mike DiMauro

Publication: The Day

Published September 06. 2013 4:00AM

Mohegan Question: Could it get worse for the Connecticut Sun?

Answer: Absolutely.

Take tonight, for example. The Washington Mystics could clinch a playoff spot with a victory over the Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena (7 p.m., no TV), coupled with the New York Liberty's loss to Atlanta in Newark.

That means former Sun coach Mike Thibault could officially seal his new team's playoff spot on his old team's floor.

"It's certainly motivation," Sun forward Kelsey Griffin said.

It's mostly inevitable that the Mystics (14-15), who lead New York by 3.5 games with five games left, will clinch at some point.

Griffin would prefer it come somewhere else.

"I've never been in a position where I get to be the one that ruins people's dreams," she said. "Usually someone is sneaking in ruining mine. We should be playing fun and free and be the spoiler. There's no pressure on us."

The Sun (7-22) may play tonight without center Tina Charles, who was ill at Thursday's practice. Donovan said that Kara Lawson would miss the remainder of the season with the lingering bone bruise in her knee.

Donovan, who called the Sun's season "a debacle," said she thinks the playoff race in the Eastern Conference is mostly anticlimactic.

"If you look at the standings, it's pretty well determined what's going to happen," she said. "New York would need a miracle. So I don't know if this game means that much, except for whether you play the one seed or the two seed in the playoffs."

m.dimauro@theday.com

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