Minnesota is wrapping up practice at the Storm’s training facility and coach Jen Gillom didn’t sound positive when speaking about the future of F Seimone Augustus (pictured right). She spoke with the team’s leading scorer (21.0) earlier today and hinted at Augustus being out for the season with a left knee injury.
Official word is expected on Friday.
“I think so,” said Gillom when asked if she’s expecting Augustus to be gone for the season. “I don’t think it’s official, yet, but probably. She’s just overwhelmed with sadness and it’s kind of hard to really get what she really feels out of her. She’s really down and out, especially after starting out with such a great year. We just wish the best for her and keep her in our prayers. I think she’ll make a strong comeback because that’s the type of player she is.”
Augustus was named the league’s Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, averaging 21.8 points while shooting 33-for-61 (54.1 percent) from the field, 6-for-10 (60.0 percet) from three-point range and 15-for-17 (88.2 percent) from the free-throw line in four games. The only loss was to Seattle where Augustus was held to one FG in the opening half.
Augustus tallied her 11th career 30-plus point game when she poured in 30 points on 12-for-22 shooting, including a career-best-tying 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, in an 87-76 win over Los Angeles on June 10.
Gillom said the All-Star had big plans this season, wanting to nab the MVP award and reach the playoffs. Instead, Minnesota has been through it, changing coaches days before the season-opener and possibly losing one of the brighter stars in the league.
Who’ll start in Augustus’ place for the Lynx (4-2) against Seattle (3-2) on Friday is still being determined. Gillom has whittled it down to three different possibilities.
“I saw a bright moment during the third quarter when our team was playing well,” said Gillom of the team’s loss to Phoenix on Wednesday. Augustus suffered her injury in the opening half. “That moment right there gave me hope that this team is ready to play even without Seimone. That made me feel really good and made them feel really good that hey, we can do this. We just ran out of gas in a back-to-back. Give us a few days and we’ll be back to that team we were before.”