Storm guard Sue Bird expects to be ready to play Friday
Storm guard Sue Bird, who injured her left knee Sunday in Seattle's victory over San Antonio, was held out of practice Tuesday. But Bird said she expects to play Friday when the Storm hosts Indiana.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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If it were a championship game, Sue Bird would have pushed herself to play Tuesday. Because it was just practice, the six-time WNBA All-Star point guard did some shooting drills and watched.
She hyper-flexed her left knee in the third quarter of the Storm's 21-point win over San Antonio on Sunday. Bird, 29, hobbled off the court and didn't return. But she said even as she left the game, she knew nothing was seriously wrong with the knee.
Bird suffered a torn ACL in college in 1998. She had procedures to clean up loose particles in 2003 and 2007 while in Seattle. She can't hyperextend or flex the knee, so when she landed hard on her left side Sunday with her ankle reaching her behind, there was shooting pain.
"The doctor said my ligaments look fine, I look sturdy," said Bird, who was evaluated Monday. "We're going to see in a week or so if I'm having any pain still. If I am, we'll go from there, but he didn't think anything was wrong. That's good news."
Bird, the WNBA's assists leader (6.2 per game), was told not to run Tuesday and is expected to rejoin practice Wednesday. She and coach Brian Agler said they expect her to start Friday when Seattle (11-2) hosts Indiana (8-4) at KeyArena.
In the meantime, Bird is icing the knee and working on regaining her range of motion.
"It's not so much a pain as a feeling of discomfort," she said. "I would have been more aggressive with testing it (if it were the postseason), but since we have this time, it's good. I don't have to push it; I can see how it goes."
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