On the brink of playoff elimination, the Washington Mystics went through another practice without all-star forward Elena Delle Donne , who spent Saturday morning receiving treatment on her sore left knee in hopes of being able to play in Sunday's Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals. With Delle Donne in uniform but available only to offer support from the bench Friday night, the No. 3 seed Mystics lost to the second-seeded Atlanta Dream , 81-76, at Smith Center to go down two games to one in the best-of-five series. The prognosis for the 2015 WNBA MVP remains uncertain, although teammates hinted Delle Donne would play with Washington facing the prospect of having its season end one round short of the finals in consecutive years. "Yeah, I think she's going to thug it out, especially with an elimination game," guard Natasha Cloud said. "She's a soldier. She's going to try. We'll see how it goes, but that's up to her, a game-time decision." The Mystics had been clinging to the faint chance Delle Donne would be able to play in Game 3, but the bone bruise she suffered in Tuesday night's Game 2 loss at McCamish Pavilion forced out first-team all-WNBA selection. Without Delle Donne for Washington's first home game of the semifinals, Washington fell behind by double figures in the fourth quarter and didn't have the firepower down the stretch to complete a comeback. Delle Donne is averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds in the playoffs this year. "You can either feel sorry for yourself and just show up," coach Mike Thibault said of his message to the team, "or you can build on the good stuff from last night and shoot the ball a little better and get a win and go back [to Atlanta] and play a Game 5."