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Washington Mystics star Tina Charles (gluteal strain) expected to miss 3-to-5 games

Tina Charles
Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; The WNBA logo on a ball during the fourth quarter of game one of the WNBA finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics at KeyArena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Mystics announced All-Star forward Tina Charles will miss the next three to five games with a left gluteal strain.

Charles reportedly suffered the injury during a Sunday’sgame against the Seattle Storm, in which she played 33 minutes and with 20 points.

Prior to this injury, which kept her out of the Mystics’ Tuesday night win against the Los Angeles Sparks, Charles had only missed one prior game (June 17 against Atlanta Dream). Before the victory over the Sparks, Washington lost eight of its last nine games.

In 21 games this season, Charles is averaging a WNBA-high 25.4 points per game and ranks third in rebounds (9.7). Her scoring average is on pace for the highest single-season scoring average in WNBA history.

The Mystics are currently 9-14 sitting 0.5 games back of the Dallas Wings who currently hold the eighth and final WNBA playoff spot. They have nine games remaining on their schedule all against opponents who are currently in playoff position.

Their next two games will be played against the aforementioned Dallas Wings on Thursday and Saturday night on Washington’s home floor. The Wings already hold an 85-74 victory over the Mystics.