Diana Taurasi
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Est. Return 7/17/2019
Out 10-12 weeks after back surgery
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April 25, 2019
Taurasi is out 10-12 weeks after undergoing back surgery Wednesday, Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic reports.
ANALYSIS
Taurasi, the WNBA's career scoring and three-point leader, underwent the procedure to address a disk protrusion in her back. She began experiencing pain and muscle weakness during her offseason workouts, and the medical staff determined that surgery was the right course of action for the 36-year-old. Last season, she averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 boards and 3.1 threes across 30.0 minutes, helping the Mercury get within a game of reaching the Finals. Taurasi is expected back in mid-July if everything goes as planned, so she'll miss about half of the season, which begins May 25. While Taurasi is on the shelf, Briann January, Leilani Mitchell, Yvonne Turner and Essence Carson are all candidate to see higher usage.
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