Stewart leaves for playoff game against Mercury

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart will miss Sunday’s WNBA playoff second-round game against Phoenix Mercury.

Stewart injured his foot Sept. 7 in a victory over Washington when he limped off after boxing a Mystics player. The former MVP averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds this season.

Phoenix can be without Diana Taurasi again. He injured his left ankle and missed the team’s first-round playoff victory over New York. Taurasi last played on September 6 and averaged 15.2 points and 4.9 assists this season.

“We practiced without (Stewart) and we had a game without her the last time we played Phoenix,” Seattle coach Noelle Quinn said, “We have been preparing as if Diana was going to play, but knowing how the team plays without she is beneficial to us. I think the focus remains the same with our energy and effort. “

Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said it will be up to Taurasi whether or not he plays.

“She will determine if she thinks she can go or not,” Brondello said. “She deserves it, give her as much time as possible. She knows if she can help us or not. That is why I am leaving it in your hands, along with the medical staff ”.


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