It’s win or go home time for the Phoenix Mercury, but they suffered another crushing blow with the loss of Shey Peddy. She suffered a ruptured right Achilles in game one of the series against the Las Vegas Aces.
“Shey is one of our best defensive players, she’s been a true lockdown defender for us,” Phoenix coach Vanessa Nygaard said Friday. “Also really huge on the offensive side. So we will ask more from others to fill that space. Shey will be with us, always bringing that smile, still.
“It’s been tough. This is a really big blow. Injuries are so hard for athletes, so to see one of their close friends get injured right in front of them, that’s traumatic. We really tried to support them by giving them a little bit of space, a little more time off, so they could mentally regroup.”
Phoenix fought hard in game one, but Las Vegas pulled away in the fourth quarter. It will be hard for the Mercury to win with a lot of key players out. But im sure they will fight hard and compete like they have all season. The Mercury play with tremendous heart.
Phoenix’s best chance to win was to play tough defense and shoot the lights out from the three-point line. However, it will be challenging because the Aces also love playing fast-paced style. Las Vegas led the WNBA in scoring and is third in pace of play.
The Mercury will need big games from Sophie Cunningham and Diamond DeShields; both will need to play lights out. But, even if that happens, Phoenix still could come up short.
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LaMarr Fields is a WNBA Insider, Sports Insider, and breaking news reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @lburncitysports