Phoenix G Diana Taurasi is scheduled to play her first game against Seattle at 7 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena. But until you see her there — even after a morning shoot-around — who knows?
That’s a result of a series of late scratches to begin the second part of the WNBA season after the London Olympic Games. First it was rest then Taurasi missed her first post-Olympic break game at KeyArena due to having her wisdom teeth removed.
Thursday will be her second game of the season, previously not playing since May due to a hip flexor injury. She scored 19 points in a loss to Indiana on Saturday, the Mercury’s 10th consecutive loss.
“We’ve been running the same stuff for a long time so it felt like I never left,” Taurasi told reporters. “It’s been a couple long months but I felt good out there.”
Phoenix has been outscored by 15.5 points during its skid. It’s a team-record downfall, landing the Mercury (4-19) last in Western Conference standings. The Storm (11-13) is fourth, six games ahead of Tulsa for the final playoff berth.