Fans of one of the Greatest of All Times (GOATs) got a scare this week, as the Phoenix Mercury announced Diana Taurasi will miss the rest of the WNBA season with a quad strain.
The team later clarified that Taurasi should only miss the end of the regular season, and will be reevaluated if the Mercury makes the playoffs.
Injuries in isolation aren’t huge causes for concern, but Taurasi’s upcoming absence is another misfortune in a growing list of them for Phoenix.
The detainment of Brittney Griner has set the tone for the whole season, with the rest of the team missing her both on and off the court.
Their biggest offseason signing, Tina Charles, requested a move and had her contract bought out midseason.
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She is now playing for the playoff-bound Storm.
Taurasi is the team’s second-leading scorer at the age of 40, behind Skylar Diggins-Smith, and led the team in scoring in eight games.
Losing Taurasi at this exact time has its pros and cons, as the season wraps up in less than a week.
Shutting her down for the team’s last three games gave Phoenix the ability to sign Yvonne Turner to a hardship contract for that stretch.
The Mercury has only three games left to seal the deal against Minnesota, Dallas, and Chicago.
They’ve yet to tally a win this year against any of those teams.
Just when Phoenix looked like they had battled their way back into the conversation, they were dealt another blow.
The loss of Taurasi might be one of the too many pieces of adversity to bounce back from, as Mercury tries to salvage the present before looking toward next year.
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