Mystics' Delle Donne diagnosed with herniated disk
10/2/2019 8:40:18 PM EST
The status of the reigning league MVP is uncertain for the remainder of the WNBA Finals.
Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne underwent an MRI exam Wednesday that found a small herniation in a back disk. The team revealed the diagnosis, adding that Delle Donne's availability moving forward will be updated Saturday.
With Delle Donne exiting Game 2 of the Finals against the visiting Connecticut Sun in the first quarter Tuesday due to back spasms, the Mystics fell 99-87, leveling the best-of-five series at one win apiece.
Games 3 and 4 are scheduled to be played in Uncasville, Conn., on Sunday and Tuesday. Game 5, if necessary, would be played Oct. 10 in Washington.
Delle Donne, 30, earned her second WNBA MVP honor this year after averaging 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 31 games, all starts.
She became the first player in league history to produce a 50-40-90 shooting season -- 50 percent on field-goal attempts, 40 percent on 3-point attempts, 90 percent on free-throw attempts. She finished at 51.5 percent, 43.0 percent and 97.4 percent, respectively.
Before playing 3 1/2 scoreless minutes Tuesday, Delle Donne was putting up 21.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals through five playoff games this year.
She also was the MVP in 2015 while averaging career highs of 23.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Chicago Sky, both figures leading the league. The Sky made her the second overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Delaware, and Delle Donne won WNBA Rookie of the Year honors that season. She is a six-time WNBA All-Star.
--Field Level Media