There was some great news and some not so great news for the Seattle Storm following Wednesday’s 107-95 victory over the Dallas Wings.
Seattle clinched the coveted double bye in the playoffs with the win.
However, a scary collision may mean the Storm could be without veteran point guard Sue Bird.
Bird collided with Dallas Wings Rookie of the Year contender and former Oregon Duck forward Satou Sabally midway through the fourth quarter. While Bird was on the ground for a few minutes, she gestured toward her knee. The collision happened when she was attempting a steal from Sabally with 5:05 remaining in the game.
Both players left the court on their own power and didn't return to action. Following the game there was no definitive word on their status.
Bird, who is currently the oldest active player in the WNBA, will turn 40 in October. The 3x WNBA champion missed last season after undergoing knee surgery. She has been limited to just 11 of the Storm's 20 regular season games this year as she continues to deal with knee problems.
In 25 minutes of action against the Wings, Bird recorded 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with nine assists and two rebounds.
“She banged that same knee. I'm not sure how bad it is,” Seattle coach Gary Kloppenburg said in Thursday’s post-game video press conference. “She was walking around OK at the end, so hopefully it's nothing too serious.”
Kloppenburg added, “We’re just not sure what it is with her,” he said. “She’ll get evaluated and we’ll figure out going forward what we need to do with her.”
Bird is averaging 9.8 points and 5.2 assists in her limited playing time.
The Storm could decide to rest Bird just as a precautionary measure for their final two regular season games, because even if Seattle loses their final two games, the Storm can't drop lower than the No. 2 seed, based on a tiebreaker they have against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Thursday, Bird, who is the Vice President of the WNBAPLA, appeared on ‘Meet the Press’ to discuss how the league has handled protests over policing.
As for Sabally, the No. 2 draft pick out of Oregon, there’s still no word on her status moving forward. She is averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while the Wings are 7-13 and remain in the eighth and final WNBA playoff spot with two games left to play (Chicago on Friday and New York on Sunday).
In the offensive clinic Wednesday, the Storm improved to 17-3 with the win. The final score of 107 is a season-high. Seattle's previous season-high scoring output was against the Liberty, when they scored 105 in the opening game of the season.
With a double-bye secured in the playoffs, and a shot at the WNBA semifinals to tip-off the 2020 playoffs, the Storm will be able to take advantage of some much-needed rest.
But first, Seattle faces Phoenix Friday night and then will wrap-up the regular season in a battle against Las Vegas Sunday afternoon.