Whenever reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne misses time for the Chicago Sky it's a big blow to the team. However, the timing of her current injury could be especially damaging for the Sky.
The Sky announced on Monday that Delle Donne is scheduled for surgery on her right thumb on Tuesday. They did not indicate a timetable for her return.
NEWS: Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair her right thumb. There is no set timetable for her return— Chicago Sky (@wnbachicagosky) September 12, 2016
The Sky (16-15) have already clinched a playoff berth, but are jockeying for playoff position with three games remaining in the regular season. The Sky are currently tied with Indiana and Atlanta for the No. 4 spot, which earns a first-round bye in the WNBA's new playoff format this season.
Delle Donne suffered the injury Sept. 7 in a loss at the Washington Mystics and has missed the Sky's past two games, a loss at Indiana and a win at Connecticut. The Sky's regular season finale is Sept. 18 and the playoffs start Sept. 21, meaning the playoff opener could be eight days from her surgery.
Delle Donne currently shares the league lead in scoring at 21.5 points per game.