When the Seattle Storm departs for Sacramento later this afternoon, center Lauren Jackson will not be with the team. Jackson underwent an MRI today which confirmed the diagnosis of a mild strain of her left Achilles tendon. After Jackson returned from the doctor, she and the Storm’s training staff quickly conferred with Head Coach Brian Agler and decided the best course of treatment was for Jackson, who is day-to-day, to get treatment here in Seattle instead of joining her team, which faces the Monarchs tomorrow (7:00 p.m., 1150-AM KKNW, LiveAccess).
“We’re going to measure the best treatment she can get to get back on the court,” Agler told reporters after practice, before he had a chance to speak with Jackson. “Since it’s only a two-day trip, it might be staying here.”
As far as replacing Jackson in the lineup, Agler said, “If Lauren doesn’t go, I would imagine we’ll start Janell (Burse).” It was Burse who finished the game in place of Jackson last night against Detroit after Jackson left the court for the locker room late in the third quarter. Agler also gave extra minutes off the bench to reserves Suzy Batkovic-Brown and Ashley Robinson, who have not been part of the team’s rotation.
Because she was still en route from the MRI, Jackson was unavailable to comment on her condition. Agler added simply, “I know it was very sore.”