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

Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    OUT    Knee
Jefferson underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday and a timeline for a return will be determined at a later date.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson played just 21 games while dealing with the injury, posting 9.1 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen (hand) returned to practice Wednesday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

RotoWire Analysis

As expected, Whalen has returned to practice in advance of the team's first playoff game after being sidelined since Aug. 3. Until there is official word, however, she should still be considered questionable for the Lynx first playoff game Tuesday.
Alysha Clark    Seattle Storm
Clark will sit out Sunday's regular season finale against the Sky for rest.

RotoWire Analysis

Clark, along with point guard Sue Bird, will both get the night off for rest Sunday, as the Storm are electing to give them some extra rest ahead of the team's upcoming playoff run. Look for Clark to be back in the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday's playoff opener, though in the meantime Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis are expected to fill in as the two replacements in the top unit.
Sue Bird    Seattle Storm
Bird will sit out Sunday's regular season finale against the Sky for rest.

RotoWire Analysis

With the Storm already locked in to a playoff berth, they'll elect to rest Bird with the hope of keeping her as fresh as possible for a playoff run. That said, the 36-year-old point guard is in no danger of missing any playoff action and she should be ready for Wednesday's opener against either the Mystics or Mercury. With Alysha Clark also out for rest, look for Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis to enter the starting five.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular season finale against the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud continues to be hampered by a hip injury and with the Mystics already having locked up a spot in the playoffs, there was no real need to bring her back for Sunday's regular season finale. That said, it remains to be seen if Cloud is on the brink of a return due to a lack of a timetable provided by the Mystics, so she'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Cloud's next opportunity to play will be Wednesday's playoff opener against either the Storm or Wings.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen (hand) is expected to be ready for the playoffs, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Whalen has been sidelined since Aug. 3 and while she'll be unable to take part in the Lynx's season finale on Sunday, she's fully expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs. Look for confirmation on Whalen's availability later this week. She owns averages of 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists across 23.6 minutes per game. She's also started all 22 games she's played in, but it's unclear if Whalen will immediately be re-inserted to the top unit, or if the Lynx will ultimately ease her back into the swing of things off the bench.
Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    OUT    Knee
Jefferson (knee) will not be available to participate in Saturday's season finale against the Fever.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson will miss her fifth consecutive game to end the season due to knee soreness. She will finish the season with an average of 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals across 24.5 minutes per game.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip) won't play during Friday's game against the Storm.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud has been dealing with a lingering hip injury for the better part of two weeks. There's no timetable for a return, however, so she should still be considered day-to-day past Friday's contest.
Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    OUT    Knee
Jefferson (knee) will not play Friday against the Liberty.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson continues to battle soreness in her right knee, and Friday will mark her fourth consecutive absence. Her next opportunity to return will come Saturday in the Stars' season-closing matchup with the Fever in Indianapolis.
Cheyenne Parker    Chicago Sky    GTD    Ankle
Parker (ankle) will be sidelined for Wednesday's matchup against the Wings.

RotoWire Analysis

Parker has been working on coming back from a right ankle sprain since late July. It's unclear when she'll return, but it appears the team is taking the situation day-to-day.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Sun.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud has dealt with a lingering hip injury over the last two weeks and will remain sidelined once again Tuesday. She's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return, so until then, Cloud will continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Her next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Storm.
Lynetta Kizer    Connecticut Sun    GTD    Back
Kizer (back) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Mystics.

RotoWire Analysis

Kizer continues to deal with a nagging back injury and will miss her third straight contest. While her absence shouldn't have a drastic effect on the team's regular rotation due to her relatively small workload off the bench on most nights, the Sun only have three games left in the regular season, so it remains to be seen if Kizer will be back ahead of the playoffs. Look for her next chance to play come on Friday against the Mercury.
Cheyenne Parker    Chicago Sky    GTD    Ankle
Parker (ankle) did not play in Sunday's loss to New York.

RotoWire Analysis

Parker has been out since July 28 due to the ailment and it's not clear when she'll return.
Angel Robinson    Phoenix Mercury    GTD    Knee
Robinson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Storm, Hoopfeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Robinson has missed the last two weeks of action with a lingering knee injury and she's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return. She'll have nearly a week to recover prior to the Mercury's next contest on Friday against the Sun, but tentatively consider her questionable for that matchup as well.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip), who was not listed as injured on Friday's game notes, has been ruled out of the contest against the Liberty on the Mystics Twitter account.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud will miss her second consecutive game Friday after injuring her hip two contests prior. As a result of her absence, Ivory Latta could see additional touches.
Lynetta Kizer    Connecticut Sun    GTD    Back
Kizer (back) won't take part in Friday's matchup against the Sky.

RotoWire Analysis

Kizer will miss her second consecutive tilt after seemingly tweaking her back during Tuesday's contest. She sees just a hair under 13 minutes per game, however, so her absence likely won't shake things up too much for the Sun. That said, Kayla Pedersen and/or Danielle Adams could see increased touches.
Cheyenne Parker    Chicago Sky    GTD    Ankle
Parker (ankle) is listed on Friday's injury report for the matchup against the Sun.

RotoWire Analysis

Parker has been working her way back from a sprained right ankle, but it's still seemingly giving her enough pain to cause her to miss Friday's tilt. That said, she averages just 12.4 minutes per game, so there likely won't be significant rotational changes for Chicago.
Moriah Jefferson    San Antonio Stars    OUT    Knee
Jefferson (knee) will be sidelined for Friday's matchup against the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

Friday will mark the third straight game that Jefferson has missed, though she should still likely be considered day-to-day, as the Stars continue to list the injury as just soreness. With Jefferson, and her workload of 24.5 minutes per game, unavailable, the likes of Kayla McBride, Alex Montgomery and Kelsey Plum will seemingly continue to see more touches.
Angel Robinson    Phoenix Mercury    GTD    Knee
Robinson (knee) will be sidelined for Thursday's tilt against the Sparks, SummittHoops.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Robinson is still seemingly dealing with an uncomfortable knee injury, as she won't take the floor Thursday. She averages just 15.8 minutes per game, however, so her absence likely won't shake up the rotation too heavily.
Diana Taurasi    Phoenix Mercury
Taurasi will not play during Thursday's game against the Sparks for rest purposes, ESPN.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Taurasi had been on a bumpy two-game stretch prior to Thursday's affair, so it seems the team will opt to give her some rest in hopes she can come out fresher for their next matchup. As a result of her absence, Danielle Robinson, Leilani Mitchell and Stephanie Talbot could all see additional touches.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Moriah Jefferson Knee 1/1/2018
Brittany Boyd Achilles 3/6/2018
Tiffany Mitchell Knee 3/18/2018
Shoni Schimmel Personal 4/1/2018
Tayler Hill Knee 5/1/2018
Erika de Souza Lower Leg 5/1/2018
Tanisha Wright Rest 5/1/2018
Eugeniya Belyakova Undisclosed 5/1/2018
Shenise Johnson Knee 5/1/2018
Briann January Knee 5/1/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return