After Brittney Griner, Yet Another Painful Blow for Phoenix Mercury as 40-Year-Old Star Set to Miss Rest of the Season Due to a Severe Injury

Published 08/09/2022, 4:07 PM EDT

The Phoenix Mercury is going through their toughest patch. It all started when their best player, Brittney Griner was detained in Russia in February. Recently, the situation got worse as the former DPOY was sentenced to nine years in prison. In the midst of this mental battle, their season could also be in jeopardy. To add to the team’s misery, one of their leading stars, Diana Taurasi is out for the season.

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At first, Taurasi seemed to have a minor quad injury. She missed the last two games for the Mercury. However, her progression has caused serious problems. Her age didn’t get her to slow down any bit as she was averaging 16.7 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in her 18th season. Widely regarded as one of the greatest WNBA players, Taurasi is the most important piece for the Mercury.

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After missing out on a couple of games, the Mercury revealed Taurasi will miss out on the entire season.

The Brittney Griner trial was only the start for Phoenix Mercury

At the moment, the WNBA playoffs are wide open. While Mercury is still in a safe spot, it is all a matter of one game. With a 14-19 record, they are the 8th best team at the moment. However, with three games remaining in the season, the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx are just behind them. In a time of such desperate need, their most experienced veteran can only cheer from the sidelines now.

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Suffering a quad strain a few games ago, Taurasi likely won’t be recovering before the end of the season. But this also might be the last time the Phoenix Mercury ever sees her donning the jersey.

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Having had an illustrious 18-year career, the WNBA superstar has given retirement a thought. Becoming a free agent next season, Taurasi spoke about having closure thoughts. Hence, it might not just be this season, but Mercury may have seen Diana Taurasi’s final game. And she didn’t get to share the court with her long-time teammate, Brittney Griner.

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Do you think Taurasi and Brittney Griner will ever share the court again? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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