Mercury’s Brittney Griner leaves WNBA bubble for personal reasons

Aug 22, 2020, 2:42 PM
(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Mercury will be without their All-Star big as they continue to navigate through the WNBA bubble.

After sitting out of Friday’s contest against the Minnesota Lynx, the team announced in a press release Saturday Brittney Griner has left the Florida bubble due to personal reasons.

A date for a potential return was not mentioned in the release.

“Our team’s commitment remains on the 2020 regular season and playoffs,” The team said in the release. “Our players and coaches will have no additional comments on the matter.”

Griner has been a huge factor for the Mercury this season.

Entering play Friday, Griner was averaging 17.7 points per game, sixth in the WNBA, and 7.5 rebounds per game, eighth-best in the league. Griner’s also added 3.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game.

The Mercury (6-7) are in the midst of a three-game losing skid, with nine games remaining.

Phoenix will look to right the ship Sunday against the Washington Mystics.

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