New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu's rookie season may be over while it was just getting started.
The former Oregon Duck stepped on an opponent's foot and rolled her left ankle against the Atlanta Dream on Friday. She would need to be helped off the court by her teammates.
Sabrina Ionescu carried off the court after injuring her ankle. pic.twitter.com/CAxIcet5ob
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) July 31, 2020
After heading to a local hospital to get it examined, the X-rays came back negative without a sign of a fracture.
However, now Ionescu has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 ankle sprain that will likely not require surgery per Holly Rowe.
Report from @nyliberty on @sabrina_i20
There is a group of physicians working on this (6 physicians). It's a grade 3 ankle sprain and at this point they believe that it's nonsurgical.
Over next few days she will work to decrease swelling and increased range of motion. @WNBA
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) August 1, 2020
She's expected to miss about a month according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
WNBA No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu is expected to miss approximately one month with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and will continue to be re-evaluated, source tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/bnuHGN7uIs
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 1, 2020
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The Liberty will not say if they will shut her down for the remainder of the season. The WNBA regular season will end for the Liberty on September 12 against the Washington Mystics due to a truncated season in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Harvard Women's Health Watch lists a Grade 3 ankle sprain as a "full tear or rupture" that will take "several months" to recover from. Symptoms include "Severe pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising. Considerable instability and loss of function and range of motion. Unable to bear weight or walk."
The former No. 1 overall pick was just finding her groove in the WNBA having scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists while shooting 60% from three-point range in her second game.
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