Mercury without Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi vs. Dream
Center Brittney Griner is not with the Phoenix Mercury (personal reasons), and guard Diana Taurasi was doubtful (ankle) before being ruled out for a Wednesday road game against the Atlanta Dream, the team’s official injury report said.
Additionally, reserve Alanna Smith remains out due to health and safety protocols. She missed a win against the Indiana Fever on Monday night in which Griner scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds. Taurasi finished that game with 11 points, six assists and a team-best +19 plus-minus.
The Mercury (18-10) play the Dream at the Gateway Center on Wednesday riding a nine-game winning streak since the WNBA regular season commenced coming out of the Olympic break. Phoenix last lost on July 11.
A playoff spot is guaranteed.
Phoenix sits in the No. 5 slot with four games left and is a half-game out of the No. 4 seed, which is currently occupied by the Minnesota Lynx (18-9).
Moving into the No. 4 seed would earn the Mercury a bye in the first-round of the playoffs.