The Star Tribune’s Rachel Blount reports on Rebekkah Brunson’s injury status:
Lynx injury news: forward Rebekkah Brunson has a sprained left ankle. She's expected to miss about 2 weeks. Whalen out at least 2 more, too.— Rachel Blount (@BlountStrib) August 18, 2017
Brunson turned her ankle in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 62-61 loss to the Storm in Seattle. Here is the play where it occured.
This is another blow to a starting lineup already missing point guard Lindsay Whalen. It seems that both players have seen their last regular season action of 2017. Plenette Pierson started in Brunson’s place in the second half on Wednesday and is likely to be her replacement going forward.
The Lynx spent the entire summer as locks to finish with the number one seed in the 2017 WNBA playoffs, that is no-longer as bulletproof of an assumption at this point. The Lynx are 21-5 with eight games remaining. The Sparks are 20-8 with six games remaining. If LA goes 5-1 and wins the final game against Minnesota (Sunday 8/27 in LA btw), and the Lynx go 4-4, they will both finish with idential records of 25-9. The tie breaker would go to Los Angeles as the winner of the season series. That scenario is in-play but also something of a long shot.
The good news is that the Lynx will be at full strenght for the playoffs and will also finish with one of the two best records in the league. This allows them to have a two-round bye and avoid a single elimination game.
Just three weeks ago it looked like the Lynx were going to moonwalk into the playoffs. This season just got a little more interesting.