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Mercury, Sky React to Griner's Status for Game 3

The Mercury's worst nightmare was temporarily realized when midway through the second quarter of Game 2 their newly minted First Team All-WNBA center hit the floor clutching her face after a tangle with Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles.

Brittney Griner, who was poked in the eye during that sequence, went on to play out the game and score a team-high 19 points, leading the Mercury to a 29-point victory (the largest in WNBA Finals history). And, to add to it, she also suffered a chipped tooth later in the game.

It appears that first encoutner with Fowles, however, could have a lasting impression on this series. Griner actually didn't travel to Chicago with the rest of the team. She lagged behind for an "outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue," according to an official statement from the Phoenix Mercury. She is expected to re-join the team on Friday morning and will be evaluated by doctors on game day. Whether or not she will play Friday night will be a game-time decision.

"Brittneys tough, she obviously showed it by losing a tooth and an eye still finished the game," Diana Taurasi said of her after practice. "She'll be ready to go, hopefully."

While hopeful that BG will make it back for the big game, the Mercury also have to prepare for a game without their star center:

"Its Game 3 of the Finals," Taurasi also said, "it doesnt take much to get us going, but whether [Griner] plays or doesnt play, its an opportunity for everyone to come, play hard, play together, and see what happens."

Griner's absence will also be cause for adjustment on Chicago's end, but Fowles knows that it still won't be easy:

"They are just that good of a team. When one goes down, another steps up. So we just have to ready for whatever they throw at us."