Mercury's Diana Taurasi Out at Least 4 Weeks with Chest Injury

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 21: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury smiles before the game against the Connecticut Sun on MAY 21, 2021 at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss at least four weeks with a chest injury.

Taurasi was injured in a May 16 loss at the Connecticut Sun but played the team's next two games. A CT scan this week revealed a small fracture of her sternum.

Taurasi was averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists through four games.

Her absence will put pressure on a team that's looking to make its ninth straight postseason appearance. Phoenix has disappointed in back-to-back postseasons, failing to advance past the second round in either campaign. Taurasi missed most of the 2019 season with back and hamstring injuries.

The 38-year-old bounced back in the bubble last season to earn All-WNBA second team honors and looked as sharp as ever this season.

Skylar Diggins-Smith will play an even more integral role in the backcourt with Taurasi out, and Kia Nurse will also likely shift into a bigger role.