The Washington Times - September 9, 2009, 08:18PM

Alana Beard spent most of today’s Mystics practice on what has been a familiar spot for the past couple of weeks: the trainer’s table.

But coach Julie Plank did say that she plans on having Washington’s All-Star in practice either Thursday or Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game against Atlanta. However, the Mystics are going to limit her participation.


I bumped into Beard in the hallway outside the Verizon Center practice court and she said her ankle is feeling “much better.”

The rest of the Mystics players have been enjoying a light week as well. The team had Monday and Tuesday off following their recent road trip, and the Mystics will bring in men to practice with tomorrow the players can rotate in and out of drills.

Plank has backed off her grinding practices as the regular season has neared its conclusion, especially with the playoff-hopeful Mystics essentially needing to win its last two games to make the playoffs.

“I just think they have to be rested and healthy. That’s what it is this time of year. We want to get them off their legs. We can’t beat them up in practice. Every game matters, especially now.”