Picture the scene: A Washington Mystics game delayed, for the second time in 15 days, because of a leak in the roof at Capital One Arena. This time, the delay comes just before the start of the second half of a Saturday-night game in which Washington leads the Indiana Fever 49-36. What’s a group of frustrated players to do?
The Mystics went with a dance battle.
Fever vs. Mystics game delayed at halftime due to a leak. So players from both teams turn the court into a dance floor. pic.twitter.com/vO8jSy3jVf
— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) August 13, 2017
Per league rules, this game will now be decided by dance-off pic.twitter.com/yhENaMH5fo
— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) August 13, 2017
It started with rookie Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Natasha Cloud standing in front of the Mystics bench. One popped a knee, starting to dougie. The other responded with a shimmy. Soon, Washington and Indiana players ran to the center of the court to face off.
The crowd was delighted with this turn of events. A dance-off is a fairly entertaining way to spend a 45-minute rain delay, which is what the Mystics ended up with before play resumed. Fans at Capital One Arena had recently been sent home after the Mystics’ game against the Connecticut Sun on July 28 was canceled for the same reason — a leaking roof.
In the end, no one actually lost the dance battle. We’re all winners. Aww.