The latest Women's Basketball injury news from RotoWire's experts.
RotoWire AnalysisAs expected, Whalen has returned to practice in advance of the team's first playoff game after being sidelined since Aug. 3. Until there is official word, however, she should still be considered questionable for the Lynx first playoff game Tuesday.
RotoWire AnalysisClark, along with point guard Sue Bird, will both get the night off for rest Sunday, as the Storm are electing to give them some extra rest ahead of the team's upcoming playoff run. Look for Clark to be back in the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday's playoff opener, though in the meantime Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis are expected to fill in as the two replacements in the top unit.
RotoWire AnalysisWith the Storm already locked in to a playoff berth, they'll elect to rest Bird with the hope of keeping her as fresh as possible for a playoff run. That said, the 36-year-old point guard is in no danger of missing any playoff action and she should be ready for Wednesday's opener against either the Mystics or Mercury. With Alysha Clark also out for rest, look for Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis to enter the starting five.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud continues to be hampered by a hip injury and with the Mystics already having locked up a spot in the playoffs, there was no real need to bring her back for Sunday's regular season finale. That said, it remains to be seen if Cloud is on the brink of a return due to a lack of a timetable provided by the Mystics, so she'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Cloud's next opportunity to play will be Wednesday's playoff opener against either the Storm or Wings.
RotoWire AnalysisWhalen has been sidelined since Aug. 3 and while she'll be unable to take part in the Lynx's season finale on Sunday, she's fully expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs. Look for confirmation on Whalen's availability later this week. She owns averages of 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists across 23.6 minutes per game. She's also started all 22 games she's played in, but it's unclear if Whalen will immediately be re-inserted to the top unit, or if the Lynx will ultimately ease her back into the swing of things off the bench.
RotoWire AnalysisJefferson will miss her fifth consecutive game to end the season due to knee soreness. She will finish the season with an average of 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals across 24.5 minutes per game.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud has been dealing with a lingering hip injury for the better part of two weeks. There's no timetable for a return, however, so she should still be considered day-to-day past Friday's contest.
RotoWire AnalysisJefferson continues to battle soreness in her right knee, and Friday will mark her fourth consecutive absence. Her next opportunity to return will come Saturday in the Stars' season-closing matchup with the Fever in Indianapolis.
RotoWire AnalysisParker has been working on coming back from a right ankle sprain since late July. It's unclear when she'll return, but it appears the team is taking the situation day-to-day.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud has dealt with a lingering hip injury over the last two weeks and will remain sidelined once again Tuesday. She's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return, so until then, Cloud will continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Her next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Storm.
RotoWire AnalysisKizer continues to deal with a nagging back injury and will miss her third straight contest. While her absence shouldn't have a drastic effect on the team's regular rotation due to her relatively small workload off the bench on most nights, the Sun only have three games left in the regular season, so it remains to be seen if Kizer will be back ahead of the playoffs. Look for her next chance to play come on Friday against the Mercury.
RotoWire AnalysisParker has been out since July 28 due to the ailment and it's not clear when she'll return.
RotoWire AnalysisRobinson has missed the last two weeks of action with a lingering knee injury and she's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return. She'll have nearly a week to recover prior to the Mercury's next contest on Friday against the Sun, but tentatively consider her questionable for that matchup as well.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud will miss her second consecutive game Friday after injuring her hip two contests prior. As a result of her absence, Ivory Latta could see additional touches.
RotoWire AnalysisKizer will miss her second consecutive tilt after seemingly tweaking her back during Tuesday's contest. She sees just a hair under 13 minutes per game, however, so her absence likely won't shake things up too much for the Sun. That said, Kayla Pedersen and/or Danielle Adams could see increased touches.
RotoWire AnalysisParker has been working her way back from a sprained right ankle, but it's still seemingly giving her enough pain to cause her to miss Friday's tilt. That said, she averages just 12.4 minutes per game, so there likely won't be significant rotational changes for Chicago.
RotoWire AnalysisFriday will mark the third straight game that Jefferson has missed, though she should still likely be considered day-to-day, as the Stars continue to list the injury as just soreness. With Jefferson, and her workload of 24.5 minutes per game, unavailable, the likes of Kayla McBride, Alex Montgomery and Kelsey Plum will seemingly continue to see more touches.
RotoWire AnalysisRobinson is still seemingly dealing with an uncomfortable knee injury, as she won't take the floor Thursday. She averages just 15.8 minutes per game, however, so her absence likely won't shake up the rotation too heavily.
RotoWire AnalysisTaurasi had been on a bumpy two-game stretch prior to Thursday's affair, so it seems the team will opt to give her some rest in hopes she can come out fresher for their next matchup. As a result of her absence, Danielle Robinson, Leilani Mitchell and Stephanie Talbot could all see additional touches.
RotoWire AnalysisWilliams hasn't played since suffering a left knee strain during Aug. 6's game against the Wings. There was optimism that she could play Thursday, but it's still ultimately too uncomfortable for her to give it a go.
No players are returning today.
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