Mercury announce Diana Taurasi to miss 4 weeks with fractured sternum

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The Phoenix Mercury will be without one of their best players for at least four weeks. Diana Taurasi is expected to miss at least a month due to a fracture in her sternum, the team announced Tuesday.

In a release, the team revealed Taurasi suffered the injury during the team's May 16 game against the Connecticut Sun.

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Despite the injury, Taurasi appeared in the team's next two games. She scored 17 points in 27 minutes during a win over the Washington Mystics on May 17. Taurasi then played 24 minutes against the Sun on May 21. She scored 13 points and added 4 assists in that game, an 84-67 loss.

Taurasi has played in all four games with the Mercury this season. She's averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per contest. After going 13-9 last season, the Mercury have opened the 2021 WNBA season 2-2. 

The injury comes at an inconvenient time for Taurasi. With 6 more points, Taurasi will become the first player in WNBA history with 9,000 career points.

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