Washington Mystics star and league MVP Elena Delle Donne has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.
She played a little more than three minutes of Game 2 in the WNBA Finals series with the Connecticut Sun before asking to be subbed out. She retreated to the room to receive treatment for lingering back spasms, with sideline reporter Holly Rowe stating late in the second quarter that between six and eight medical professionals were working on Delle Donne to try to get her back into the court. At halftime, she was ruled out for the game, which the Connecticut Sun won 99-87 to tie the Finals series 1-1.
After the game, Mystics coach Mike Thibault told reporters in his postgame presser that Delle Donne would undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the nature of the injury.
The Mystics released the following statement disclosing the results of Delle Donne’s imaging test (condensed):
This morning, Delle Donne had an MRI which revealed a small disc herniation. She is currently undergoing treatment and an update on her status will be given Saturday.
The Sun host the Mystics in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m. (ABC).
This story will be updated as information becomes available.