The injury news got worse for the Minnesota Lynx when the team announced that All-Star guard Seimone Augustus had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee at Mayo Clinic Friday.
She will likely be out at least until the playoffs. The news comes on the heels of news that backup shooting guard Monica Wright had her own knee surgery at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.
Augustus, who had scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games, has been one of the most consistent Lynx players this season. She was shooting 47.5 percent, was second on the team at 15.4 points a game and was third on the team in assists.
Before Friday’s game with Chicago at Target Center, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said the hope is Augustus could return to the court in mid August, which would give her time to get back to top form before the playoffs begin. A mid-August return could mean Augustus could play nine or ten regular season games.
Anna Cruz will move into the starting lineup at the shooting guard spot.
Augustus will be particularly difficult to replace in the lineup because of her unique ability to create her own shot whenever necessary.
Augustus missed 10 games last season with knee-related issues but still managed to average 16.5 points and shoot 51.1 percent from the field.