The Phoenix Mercury have not been good at all since the return of Brittney Griner.
The Phoenix Mercury had their toughest outing this week as Diana Taurasi went scoreless and Brittney Griner exited with an injury in Tuesday’s 83-59 loss to the Seattle Storm. It was just the fifth time Taurasi was held scoreless in her 19-year career.
Griner, who leads the team with 20.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, finished with just two points and did not play in the second half because of her injury.
After that loss, it dropped their record to 2-6 on the year, which has them in fifth place in the Western Conference. Only the Minnesota Lynx have a worst record than them.
“Nobody cares,” Mercury coach Vanessa Nygard said.
“We have to adjust, the players we have are great WNBA players and they’ve got to step up when they’re given an opportunity. They’re more than capable.”
The Mercury are fresh of an incident that took place at an airport in Dallas involving Brittney Griner and other players. As Mercury players were walking through the airport, a Twitter personality approached Griner and her teammates. While recording, he proceeded to harass Griner with questions after being told to leave her alone.
The man who approached Griner was Alex Stein, a conservative media personality. He scolded Griner about her Russian prison sentence and being traded for the Merchant of Death.
The league released the following statement:
“As we gather additional information about today’s incident at the Dallas Airport, it has come to our attention that this was orchestrated by a social media figure and provocateur. His actions were inappropriate and unfortunate.”
“The safety of Brittney Griner and all WNBA players is our top priority. Prior to the season, the WNBA worked together with the Phoenix Mercury and BG’s team to ensure her safety during her travel, which included charter flights for WNBA games and assigned security personnel with her at all times. We remain steadfastly committed to the highest standards of security for players.”
It’s been a really rough year for the Mercury. The all-star break is needed.
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