PHOENIX MERCURY

Suns honor Mercury’s Brittney Griner with on-court decal for Game 5 vs. Mavs

May 10, 2022, 3:25 PM | Updated: May 11, 2022, 12:03 am

The Phoenix Suns and Footprint Center honored Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner with an on-court decal for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Phoenix won 110-80 to take a 3-2 series lead and move one game away from a second consecutive trip to the conference finals.

The Suns and Footprint Center will keep the on-court decal for the remainder of the playoffs.

Suns point guard Chris Paul wore a Griner shirt with a photo of her holding a basketball on the front on his way into the arena.

Griner was detained on Feb. 17 after authorities at the Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges that allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration determined Griner is being wrongfully detained and she has a hearing set for May 19.

Now, though, U.S. officials have shifted supervision of her case to a State Department office focused on negotiating for the release of hostages and other Americans deemed wrongfully detained.

It was unclear what prompted the shift, though President Joe Biden’s administration had been under pressure from members of Congress and others to make Griner’s release a priority.

She has played professionally during the WNBA offseason in Russia for the past seven seasons.

The decal features Griner’s initials “BG” as well as her number 42. Teams in the WNBA are also honoring Griner with a similar decal on home courts.

Phoenix dropped its season opener without Griner to the Las Vegas Aces 106-88 on Friday night.

The Suns will look to win the series in Game 6 in Dallas on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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(@Suns/Twitter) (@Suns/Twitter) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) gets fouled as he goes up for a shot against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, grabs a rebound in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, left, as Suns forward Mikal Bridges, right, looks on during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) wins the open tipoff against Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder argues a foul called against him during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) tries to get off a shot against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) looks to shoot against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic smiles as he slaps hands with a Phoenix Suns fan during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks forward Davis Bertans (44) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, right, shouts at referee David Guthrie (16) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) dunks against Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13), Mavericks forwards Maxi Kleber (42) and Dorian Finney-Smith, right, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, gets fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, left, as Booker goes up for a shot during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson, left, alters the shot by Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, right, during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo, left, battles with Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, right, for a loose ball during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns fans shout during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson, middle, goes in for a dunk as Dallas Mavericks guards Spencer Dinwiddie (26) and Jalen Brunson (13) look on during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) to score during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) and Dallas Mavericks forward Sterling Brown both miss a rebound during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic loses the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Referee David Guthrie (16) tries to separate Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo, middle, and Dallas Mavericks forward Marquese Chriss, right, as Mavericks forward Sterling Brown, second from right, agrues during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and Suns guard Devin Booker, right, celebrate a score by a teammate during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shouts as he stands on the court during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, right, argues with referee Sean Wright, left, during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A Phoenix Suns fan holds up a sign showing Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic crying during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic, left, Maxi Kleber, top right, and Boban Marjanovic, middle, watch from the team bench during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center on May 10, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Mavericks 110-80. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder grimaces due to an injury during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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