Swoopes Expected to Play Friday

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | September 17, 2008
Continuing to make progress as she works back from the concussion she suffered on Sept. 6, Sheryl Swoopes went through the entirety of the Seattle Storm's practice Wednesday at The Furtado Center. Swoopes will play in Game 1, "Unless something happens between now and Friday," said Storm Head Coach Brian Agler.

As she's dealt with the first concussion of her playing career - "If I did (before), I can't remember," she joked - the going has been slow at times for Swoopes. However, she's begun to feel much better.

"Today was the first practice that I was actually able to go without any limitations. I still feel good."
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"This was probably a lot bigger than I thought it would be," Swoopes said. "Having gone and stayed in the hospital Saturday night, Sunday I thought I was good enough to go home and was at home and got sick and thought, 'OK, maybe I need to go back.'

"Atlanta, when we played here, I was there cheering. The morning when I got up and went to shootaroud, I felt good and felt great. Went to the game and slowly started not feeling so well. It was scary, because it's one of those things where you never really know when you're going to be able to come back. I think not traveling to Sacramento, not traveling to L.A. and not playing obviously in any of those games really helped me a lot. Just to be able to stay back and rest and not have to go out and do anything I think really helped me get over the symptoms I was having.

"I haven't had any headaches the last four days, no pain anymore. My body feels good. Today was the first practice that I was actually able to go without any limitations. I still feel good."

In fact, while calling it a blessing in disguise would be an overstatement, the time off did allow Swoopes to rest her sore left heel. Before suffering the concussion, Swoopes had missed most of two games earlier in the week because of the heel. Now, she says, the heel "feels a lot better than it did."

Now, the challenge for Swoopes is getting back her timing. Because of the two injuries, she has been limited to 66 minutes in four games since the Olympic break. It appeared she was finding her range from the perimeter against the Lynx, having knocked down a pair of three-pointers, before having to leave with the concussion.

Swoopes has no trouble finding motivation to work hard and get back at this time of year.

"It's playoffs," she said." This is a situation where you lose two games, you're done until next summer. I don't think any of us are satisfied with just being here. That in itself is enough to motivate anybody to be able to come back. If I come back and I'm in five minutes, 25 minutes, 35 minutes, I'm going to go out and give what I can give. Physically, my body feels very good. We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Listen to audio from Wednesday's Storm practice featuring Swoopes and Head Coach Brian Agler.
While the news on Swoopes is good, the Storm is still waiting to know more about the status of forward Swin Cash. Cash missed Wednesday's practice to see doctors and discuss her back injury.

"She's just getting as much information as possible," said Agler. "I'll probably know something tonight."

  • After practicing Wednesday afternoon, the Storm traveled to Los Angeles. The team will practice tomorrow at the training facility in El Segundo shared by the Sparks, the L.A. Lakers and the L.A. Kings.