The Phoenix Mercury announced Thursday afternoon that Skylar Diggins-Smith will miss the remaining two games of the season. The official reason is still unknown, as of now the team has said that this is due to “personal issues”
Diggins-Smith’s absence will be felt immediately. The star point guard is averaging almost 20 points per game and is shooting 43% from the field.
The timing of course is not the best. There are currently five teams fighting for two spots in the WNBA playoffs. Currently, the Mercury are tied record-wise with three other teams with only two games left to play.
Not only will the team now be missing Skylar Diggins-Smith but, they are already without arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time, Diana Taurasi.
The official statement from the team read:
“The Phoenix Mercury have announced that guard Skylar Diggins-Smith will miss the team’s final two regular season games due to personal reasons. The team intends to sign a replacement player tomorrow and that player will be available to play in Friday’s game.”
The Phoenix Mercury will play the #6 ranked Dallas Wings on Friday. This will then be followed by a tough matchup against the #1 seed, Chicago Sky.
Although full details have yet to be released, one can hope that everything is okay with Diggins-Smith and that the team will be able to pull away with a playoff spot with her absent.