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What impact does Sylvia Fowles' injury have on the Chicago Sky?

The Chicago Sky center will be sidelined for at least some part of the season, what impact will this have on the team as they try to get back to the playoffs and make a run for the Eastern Conference championship?

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Last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sky announced in a press release that Sylvia Fowles, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum and impingement of a joint. According to team spokesman Lauren Niemara, the Sky projects her to be be back in the season, but the injury stemmed from last season and the decision was made to address it now.

In terms of who could help fill in her role right away, rookie post Markeisha Gatling, who the team drafted 10th overall could help fill in the void. In addition, the Sky signed Jessica Breland and Sasha Goodlett over the offseason so there could be a "replacement-by-committee" approach. Breland figures to make more of an impact for Chicago than Goodlett, who was only signed to a training camp deal.

Another person who would have to be a part of this committee in some situations would be 6'5" forward Elena Delle Donne. She averaged nearly two blocks a game and has the length to match up with nearly any post in the league, but strength could be a concern.

Still, with Fowles out of the lineup for at least some part of the season and no matter who takes her place for the time being, it also could negatively affect where they could end up in the standings. We have a thread up on where you think each team will be in the East and West at the end of this season and some of you have took notice of it.

Before this season started, I thought Chicago had a really good chance to repeat as the best team in the Eastern Conference in the regular season standings. Now, I'm not so sure, but this team still should definitely be in the playoff picture nevertheless.