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Storm clinches berth into WNBA semifinals, but might lose Sue Bird

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 10, 2020

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird passes the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the New York Liberty, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.  (Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird passes the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the New York Liberty, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)
By Percy Allen Seattle Times

SEATTLE – The Storm locked up a spot in the WNBA semifinals following a 107-95 victory over Dallas on Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida.

The sixth consecutive win guaranteed Seattle (17-3) a top-two finish in the regular-season standings and a double bye in next week’s playoffs.

The victory, however, may have been costly. Midway in the fourth period, Sue Bird, who has missed nine games this season due to a bone bruise in her left knee, collided knees with Dallas rookie forward Satou Sabally while attempting a steal.

Bird collapsed on the IMG Academy court and stayed on the floor for several minutes before getting up gesturing toward her knee. The 39-year-old point guard walked gingerly off the court and didn’t return.

“She banged that same knee and I’m not sure how bad it is,” coach Gary Kloppenburg said during a Zoom call.

Seattle has two regular-season games left, but Kloppenburg could give Bird 10 days of rest before the Storm begin the postseason on Sept. 20.

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