You’ll care more about Storm C Suzy Batkovic-Brown, but we’ve been battling the same virus floating around and that’s why this blog has been erratic since the All-Star break. Batkovic-Brown said she’s literally been on her back the past two days unable to move.
“It’s the pig flu,” teammate Lauren Jackson joked.
Really, it’s a sinus infection. Batkovic-Brown didn’t participate in practice since Saturday’s win at KeyArena. Her first step on the court was this morning for shoot-around.
Storm coach Brian Agler hasn’t played the Australian much this season, claiming trouble balancing minutes for 11 players. But even if he could go to her tonight against Phoenix, he wouldn’t.
“I’m not going to push it with her,” Agler said. “I want to get her back healthy before we really try to push anything in practice or games.”
And that’s fine with Batkovic-Brown.
“It knocked the wind out of me,” she said of the illness. “I’m here to cheer my teammates on and clap louder than scream.”
It’s still an Aussie invasion with the return of Phoenix F Penny Taylor, who had reconstructive ankle surgery on May 4. She was the 2007 WNBA Finals MVP for the Mercury and a bridesmaid for Batkovic-Brown’s wedding.
“I’m a little bit rusty, I think I threw a ball against the backboard that was supposed to be a pass,” Taylor said of her 2009 debut on Saturday in Minnesota. “By the end of those minutes I was feeling pretty good. It’s been a few months, so I guess I’m where I expected to be.”
Taylor said her body’s response to surgery is why she hesitated to re-sign, despite numerous rumors. Naturally returning to a successful squad made it easy.
Seattle (12-7) has a chance to move closer to first in the Western Conference with a win. Phoenix (15-6) has a two-game lead. So, let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Cappie Pondexter
F Le’Coe Willingham
C Tangela Smith
G Diana Taurasi
G Temeka Johnson
F Swin Cash
F Lauren Jackson
C Camille Little
G Sue Bird
G Tanisha Wright
Tonight’s officials are Roy Gulbeyan, Felicia Grinter, and Scott Twardoski.