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The latest Women's Basketball injury news from RotoWire's experts.

Stephanie Mavunga    Indiana Fever    OUT    Ankle
Mavunga is out for Tuesday's tilt against the Sparks due to a left ankle injury.

RotoWire Analysis

This is the first news of Mavunga dealing with an injury, which may have occurred during the team's most recent game Saturday against Atlanta, when she tallied four points, six rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal. In looking to replace Mavunga's 10.3 minutes per game, Indiana may turn to the likes of Erica McCall and Hind Ben Abdelkader. Mavunga's next chance to take the floor arrives Friday against Seattle.
Sydney Wiese    Los Angeles Sparks    OUT    Knee
Wiese (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Fever, Andrew Joe Potter of the Score reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Wiese will miss another game Tuesday, as she continues to deal with a knee injury. Her absence hasn't affected the Sparks rotation too much, as she's only averaged 4.2 minutes in the games that she played in. Her next opportunity to play will come on Friday against Dallas.
Brittney Sykes    Atlanta Dream    GTD    Foot
Sykes (foot) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Liberty, High Post Hoops reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Sykes has missed the last four games while dealing with a right foot injury, but has now been upgraded to questionable ahead of Tuesday's contest. Look for the 24-year-old guard to be reevaluated on game day and it wouldn't be surprising if Sykes ended up as a game-time decision. In seven contests this season, Sykes has averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 block across 18.0 minutes.
Tiffany Hayes    Atlanta Dream    GTD    Ankle
Hayes is dealing with a left ankle injury and is considered questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Liberty, High Post Hoops reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Hayes saw just 19 minutes of action during Saturday's game against the Fever, so she clearly tweaked the ankle during that contest. The fact that she isn't being ruled out a day ahead of Tuesday's game provides some optimism that it's not an overly serious issue, though she'll still be considered questionable for now. Look for additional updates to be provided following the team's morning shootaround and/or pregame warmups. It'd be a tough blow for the Dream considering Hayes' season averages of 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals.
Seimone Augustus    Minnesota Lynx    GTD    Hamstring
Augustus (hamstring) went through practice Monday, but her status remains uncertain for Tuesday's matchup with Dallas, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Augustus was forced to sit out Saturday's contest with what was labeled a tweaked hamstring, though it doesn't sound like an overly serious injury. She was already back at practice Monday, which provides plenty of optimism that Augustus will be able to get back on the court Tuesday. For now, consider the 34-year-old veteran questionable, with a final decision being provided after a reevaluation following morning shootaround or pregame warmups.
Kahleah Copper    Chicago Sky    GTD    Illness
Copper has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Sparks due to an illness.

RotoWire Analysis

Copper came down with flu-like symptoms at some point prior to tip-off and will be unable to give it a go Sunday. In her absence, the team will likely rely on Diamond DeShields to take on more minutes than usual on the wing.
Stefanie Dolson    Chicago Sky    GTD    Foot
Dolson (foot) will remain out for Sunday's matchup with the Aces, Andrew Joe Potter of The Score reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Dolson has been sidelined more than two weeks now, as she continues to work her way back from a foot injury. The Sky have yet to update her timetable for a return and with only a short rest until Tuesday's tilt with Washington, there's a decent chance Dolson is held out of that contest as well. Astou Ndour should continue to work with the starting five for the duration of Dolson's absence.
Alyssa Thomas    Connecticut Sun    OUT    Shoulder
Thomas (shoulder) is out for Saturday's game against the Mercury.

RotoWire Analysis

Thomas will be sidelined for a second straight tilt Saturday as she continues to nurse a shoulder injury. The Sun will look to replace her presence -- 12.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.1 minutes -- through the likes of other frontcourt players. That could thrust Shekinna Stricklen, Jonquel Jones and Morgan Tuck into bigger roles, especially with Chiney Ogwumike (knee) out as well. Thomas' next chance to see the floor arrives Friday against the Dream.
Chiney Ogwumike    Connecticut Sun    OUT    Knee
Ogwumike is out for Saturday's matchup against the Mercury due to a knee injury.

RotoWire Analysis

It's not exactly clear when Ogwumike suffered the injury, as she played 35 minutes during the team's most recent game and was dominant, posting 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting. Regardless, in looking to replace her 28.5 minutes per game, the Sun will probably turn to Jonquel Jones and Brionna Jones. Ogwumike's next chance to take the floor comes Friday against Atlanta.
Seimone Augustus    Minnesota Lynx    GTD    Hamstring
Augustus (hamstring) is out for Saturday's tilt against the Liberty, Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Tanisha Wright will draw the start.

RotoWire Analysis

Augustus tweaked her hamstring during Minnesota's previous contest, playing just 15 minutes and going 1-of-5 from the field. In addition to some of her 25.8 minutes per game going to now-starter Wright, Lindsay Whalen and/or Danielle Robinson could see extra run. Augustus' next chance to suit up arrives Tuesday against Dallas.
Sydney Wiese    Los Angeles Sparks    OUT    Knee
Wiese (knee) is out for Sunday's tilt against the Sky, Andrew Joe Potter of the Score reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Wiese, working back from a knee injury, remains out for Sunday's game. That said, she's averaging only 4.2 minutes this season, so the absence shouldn't cause drastic changes to the Sparks' rotation. Her next opportunity to lace up arrives Tuesday against Indiana.
Theresa Plaisance    Dallas Wings    GTD    Knee
Plaisance (knee) didn't appear in Friday's 77-67 victory over the Aces.

RotoWire Analysis

Plaisance is still working her way back from a torn ACL and doesn't have a specific timetable for a return. So, until the team comes out with some more information, we'll have to assume she's day-to-day. Her next chance to take the floor arrives Tuesday against Minnesota.
Alyssa Thomas    Connecticut Sun    OUT    Shoulder
Thomas will not suit up for Friday's game against the Storm due to a shoulder injury.

RotoWire Analysis

It is unclear when Thomas sustained the injury, but it is serious enough to keep here sidelined Friday. Consider her status up in the air for Saturday's matchup with the Mercury until the team provides more clarity on the issue.
Crystal Langhorne    Seattle Storm
Langhorne (ribs) is sidelined for Friday's game against the Sun, Joe Veyera of Women's Hoops World reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Friday will mark Langhorne's eighth straight absence as she continues to work her way back from a rib injury. It remains unclear when she'll return, and she should be considered day-to-day. In the meantime, Natasha Howard and Courtney Paris remain candidates to see expanded roles. Langhorne's next chance to lace up arrives Tuesday against Las Vegas.
Jordin Canada    Seattle Storm
Canada (ankle) is out for Friday's game against the Sun, Joe Veyera of Women's Hoops World reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Canada suffered a left ankle injury during Tuesday's tilt against the Sky, which forced her to exit the contest. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but it's causing her enough discomfort to keep her out of Friday's game. Looking for a way to replace her 18.5 minutes per game, the Storm may turn to Noelle Quinn or Sami Whitcomb. Canada's next chance to suit up arrives Tuesday against the Aces.
Seimone Augustus    Minnesota Lynx    GTD    Hamstring
Augustus is questionable for Saturday's tilt against the Liberty due to a hamstring injury, Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Augustus played just 15 minutes during the Lynx's most recent game, going 1-of-5 from the field, which is presumably when she tweaked her hamstring. If she ends up missing Saturday's contest, her 25.8 minutes may go to the likes of Lindsay Whalen, Tanisha Wright and/or Danielle Robinson.
Sydney Wiese    Los Angeles Sparks    OUT    Knee
Wiese is out for Friday's game against the Mystics due to a knee injury, Andrew Joe Potter of the Score reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Wiese has appeared in only six games this season, averaging 4.2 minutes in those contests. So, her absence shouldn't shake things up much for the Sparks. Her next chance to take the floor arrives Sunday against Chicago.
Brittney Sykes    Atlanta Dream    GTD    Foot
Sykes (foot) is out for Saturday's contest against Indiana, Andrew Joe Potter of The Score reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Sykes will be sidelined for a fourth straight tilt while recovering from a right foot injury. Layshia Clarendon should continue seeing an expanded role in her absence. Sykes' next chance to take the floor arrives Tuesday against the Liberty.
Nia Coffey    Las Vegas Aces
Coffey (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against Dallas, High Post Hoops reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Coffey has missed four straight games with an ankle injury, but could return as soon as Friday. Getting her back up to speed is a priority for the Aces, as she's seeing 23.8 minutes per game for the club, averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 boards and 1.2 assists.
Shenise Johnson    Indiana Fever    GTD    Knee
Johnson (knee) will sit out Thursday's tilt with the Dream, Tamryn Spruill of SwishAppeal.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

The Fever continue to remain cautious with Johnson as she works her way back from a torn ACL and it wouldn't be all too surprising if the 27-year-old guard missed at least a handful more contests moving forward. She can be considered out indefinitely and when Johnson does return, there's a chance she sees some hefty restrictions in order to ease her back into the action.
Injured Players Likely To Return Today
Player Team Injury
Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx Hamstring
Kahleah Copper Chicago Sky Illness
Stefanie Dolson Chicago Sky Foot
Tiffany Hayes Atlanta Dream Ankle
Shenise Johnson Indiana Fever Knee
Theresa Plaisance Dallas Wings Knee
Brittney Sykes Atlanta Dream Foot

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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Tayler Hill Knee 6/20/2018
Isabelle Harrison Suspension 6/20/2018
Sydney Wiese Knee 6/22/2018
Alyssa Thomas Shoulder 6/22/2018
Chiney Ogwumike Knee 6/22/2018
Stephanie Mavunga Ankle 6/22/2018
Moriah Jefferson Knee 7/1/2018
Karima Christmas-Kelly Knee 9/1/2018
Ramu Tokashiki Personal 11/1/2018
Bria Holmes Not Injury Related 12/1/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return