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Mercury's Brittney Griner Leaves WNBA Bubble for Personal Reasons

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 22, 2020

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner grabs a rebound during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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The Phoenix Mercury announced Brittney Griner has left the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida. 

Per the team's official statement, Griner left for personal reasons, and players and coaches "will have no additional comment on the matter."

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Griner has appeared in 12 of Phoenix's 13 games. She wasn't available for Friday's 90-80 loss to the Minnesota Lynx

Per ESPN's Mechelle Voepel, Griner would have to follow the league's medical protocol, including a seven-day quarantine, if she were to return to the bubble. The WNBA regular season runs through Sept. 12, with the start date of the postseason to be determined. 

The Mercury's 6-7 record ranks sixth in the WNBA with nine games remaining. The top eight teams in the league, regardless of conference affiliation, will make the postseason. 

Griner leads the Mercury in minutes (31.8 per game), scoring (17.7), rebounds (7.5) and blocks (1.8) this season.

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