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Skylar Diggins-Smith’s Status TBD amid Mercury’s WNBA Playoff Push; Out Last 2 Games

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Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith’s status with the franchise remains up in the air heading in to the team’s two final regular-season games.

M.A. Voepel of ESPN reported the Mercury haven’t indicated if the All-Star will suit up because the team vies for a playoff berth. Diggins-Smith has sat out Phoenix’s last two games due to a non-COVID illness and for personal reasons.

Further details haven’t been offered, shrouding Diggins-Smith’s future in uncertainty.

Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard cannot confirm Diggins-Smith will be playing for the team again even though she’s under contract through the 2023 season.

“We discovered prior to the game,” Nygaard said of Diggins-Smith sitting out. “We’ve been through this previously Saturday. We’re just one single day at a period continue. We’ve seen everything this season, so whatever gets thrown at us, we’re prepared to just lace them up and go.”

Diggins-Smith has been at the biggest market of multiple controversies this year despite arguably getting the best season of her career. She and longtime Mercury star Diana Taurasi experienced an altercation on the bench in-may. When Nygaard questioned Taurasi not making the All-Star team last month, the third-year Phoenix player taken care of immediately her first-year coach’s quote with a clown emoji on Twitter.

It’s unclear if the shade had been thrown at Nygaard, Taurasi or both. Diggins-Smith deleted her Twitter account Wednesday.

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