Had a chance to catch up with Sue Bird in the locker room to find out what she felt when she left the game during the third quarter tonight with what was diagnosed as a sprained left knee.
“It’s a knee that I’ve had multiple surgeries on,” explained Bird. “I’m sure anyone who has been in that situation can tell you, when it gets pushed in a direction it doesn’t want to go, it can be painful. It doesn’t seem like any damage has occurred. I don’t have my extension or my flexion, and it basically hyperflexed. My ankle touched my behind is the layman’s way of saying it. I don’t normally go that far, so to get pushed that far is very painful. He just thought – and we were up by a lot, the team played amazing – rather than risk something worse, let it calm down.”
Bird is optimistic she can get back on the floor quickly.
“The best thing about this,” she said, “is our next game is not until Friday, so I’ll have some time to take care of it. We’ll see how it reacts tomorrow. Hopefully it’s just something small.”