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Inside Washington Mystics' locker room and courtside before Game 2 vs. Atlanta Dream

Monique Currie was in the locker room at Philips Arena before Friday night's Eastern Conference semifinal game listening to TLC's "Red Light Special" on her iPod and watching film from Washington's game at Atlanta earlier in the season.

Asked why that game was on and not Wednesday's game, Currie said, "We don't want to see that game again."

In less than four hours, Washington's season could be over unless the Mystics beat the Dream to force Game 3.

"We wanted to get the first one, but we know it's not over," Currie said. "We need to make some adjustments . . . and come out ready to battle.

"We just got to take the first punch. We got to hit first. They hit us first in Washington. We weren't able to recover. Especially on the road, it's important to take the first punch and try to have the home team battling back. We're looking to have a strong start and just take it from there."

Even though the Mystics won twice on Atlanta's home court this season, Currie doesn't think that necessarily gives Washington an advantage.

"The playoffs starts an entirely different season," she said. "We're 0-0 here basically. We know to be a champion you have to be able to win on the road, and we're confident in ourselves in what we can do at home and away."

On the court, the guards were warming up with a little help from some local ball kids. Kawika Broughton, 12, and Morgan Mitchell, 17, each wearing a white Dream T-shirt, were rebounding balls and playing defense against the Mystics guards as they practiced their shots.

Broughton and Mitchell don't always help out the visiting teams, but they never miss being on the Mystics' side of the court when Washington is in town.

"'Cause they're cool," Mitchell said. "They always talk to us. The other teams just go out and shoot."

Broughton - whose nickname is "Thunder" for his hits on the football field - was playing especially enthusiastic defense against the Mystics.

"We talk trash to him and that gets him fired up," Marissa Coleman said.

By Kathy Orton  |  August 27, 2010; 7:01 PM ET
Categories:  WNBA playoffs  
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