Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss the rest of the WNBA season, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Taurasi went down with a right quad injury partway through the Mercury’s clash with the Connecticut Sun last Tuesday and was held out for the next two games. Prior to her ailment, Taurasi hadn’t missed a game this season.Taurasi’s injury puts a huge dent in Phoenix’s playoff chances. A year after falling at the doorstep of the WNBA championship, it seems that it will be an uphill climb for the Mercury to sneak into the postseason.
Here’s everything you need to know about Taurasi’s injury, including a potential timetable for her recovery, as well as the implications Taurasi’s spell on the sidelines could have on her basketball future.MORE: Sue Bird plays final regular season game in Seattle
What is Diana Taurasi’s injury?
Per release, Taurasi suffered a right quad strain. She suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Mercury’s 87-63 loss to the Sun on Aug. 2. After playing just 11 minutes, Taurasi was held out the rest of the game as a precaution. She missed the next two games on the schedule before being ruled out for the remainder of the season.
How long will Diana Taurasi be out?
What we know for certain is Taurasi won’t play a part in the Mercury’s final three regular season games. Quad strains can be fickle injuries to recover from and typical take at least a few weeks to get back to full health.
In any case, it’s likely we’ve seen the last of Taurasi for the 2022 WNBA season.
How old is Diana Taurasi?
Diana Taurasi is 40 years old, making her the second oldest player in the WNBA (behind her best friend, Seattle’s Sue Bird). Taurasi was taken first in the 2004 WNBA Draft and has played at least 30 games in 13 of her 17 seasons in the W.
Taurasi is four years older than the third-, fourth-, and fifth oldest players in the league (Allie Quigley, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles, respectively).
Is this the last we’ll see of Diana Taurasi?
In a league of young talent, DT has proved she can more than keep the pace. The injury is a setback, though, there’s no doubt about it.
However, Taurasi seemed she was up for another year just a few weeks ago. In a joint interview with Bird in July, Taurasi said she was “very excited” to become the oldest player in the WNBA once Bird retires at the end of this season.
While frustrating, Taurasi’s quad strain won’t be career-ending on its own. As long as she’s still willing to put in the necessary rehab to get back to her best, she should be able to make a full recovery.
Phoenix Mercury sign Yvonne Turner
In the wake of Taurasi’s injury, the Mercury signed Yvonne “Vonnie” Turner to a hardship contract.
Welcome Back, Vonnie! pic.twitter.com/a4v4wvkA9Y
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 8, 2022
Turner previously spent three seasons with the Mercury where she averaged 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 95 regular season games. She played on hardship contracts with the Lynx and Dream earlier this season.
When do the WNBA playoffs start?
The WNBA playoffs officially kick off on August 17. The last day of the 2022 WNBA regular season is August 14.
Phoenix Mercury schedule and playoff standings
As of Aug. 8, the Mercury are in real danger of missing the WNBA playoffs. With three games left in their regular season, the Mercury sit at 14-19, good for eighth place out of the league’s 12 teams. If the playoffs were to start today, Phoenix would just sneak in. However, the Sparks (13-20), Lynx (13-20) and Liberty (13-19) all sit within a game of the Mercury.
Here are the current WNBA standings as of Aug. 8:
|2.||Las Vegas Aces*||23-10||2.0|
|9.||New York Liberty||13-19||11.5|
|11.||Los Angeles Sparks||13-20||12.0|
*teams that have already qualified for the playoffs
And here is a schedule of the Mercury’s last three games:
|Aug. 10||Minnesota Lynx||13-20||10:00 p.m.|
|Aug. 12||Dallas Wings||16-16||10:00 p.m.|
|Aug. 14||Chicago Sky||25-8||5:00 p.m.|