Elena Delle Donne powered through a broken nose and 3 herniated discs to bring the Washington Mystics their first championship

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  • The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night to win their first WNBA title.
  • The Mystics were led by league MVP Elena Delle Donne, who played through several injuries to help her team take the championship.
  • After the game, one of Delle Donne’s teammates revealed that her injuries were even worse than people knew.
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Elena Delle Donne was already playing through pain.

The Washington Mystics superstar played in a knee brace through the 2019 season after suffering a brutal injury in the postseason last year. This year she donned a mask to protect a recently broken nose. She was forced to exit Game 2 of the Finals due to a herniated disc but returned for Game 3 to play 26 minutes in a 94-81 Mystics win.

As it turns out, fans still didn’t have the full run-down of Delle Donne’s injuries. After the Mystics’ 89-87 win in a decisive Game 5 on Thursday night, her teammate Natasha Cloud broke the news.

“I’m about to drop this bomb on y’all,” the Mystics guard said during the post-game press conference. “Elena not only has one herniated disc. She has three.”

“The medical staff is gonna kill you right now,” Delle Donne said with a laugh.

It hurt. While describing the herniated discs to reporters after Game 3, Delle Donne said she was struggling to sleep because the pain was so severe.

“There’s only two positions I can lay in where I’m not in pain,” Delle Donne said. “It’s just a lot of moving arou

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