UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Brittney Griner will miss Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game while recovering from a sprained left knee she suffered earlier this month.
The rookie center sat out Phoenix's last five games and will be replaced on the Western Conference roster by Seattle's Tina Thompson, who announced earlier this season that she would retire after the year. This will be her ninth All-Star appearance - the most ever.
"It's cool. I'm going to go and represent our team," said Thompson after she scored 23 points in Seattle's 73-66 win over Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.
"I think that it's good that we have someone in the game so every team in the WNBA has someone represented."
Seattle was the only team not to have a player on the All-Star squad.
Thompson, 38, admitted she wouldn't have minded having some time off to rest.
"Honestly, I would have appreciated the break," she said laughing.
Griner may be joined on the sideline this weekend by Chicago's Elena Delle Donne.
The No. 2 pick in the draft this past April suffered a concussion Wednesday and is questionable to play Saturday. Delle Donne is the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting. She is the WNBA's third leading scorer at 18.6 points per game.
Delle Donne fell to the court while going for a loose ball against Washington and left the game with about a minute left in the third quarter. She didn't return, and the Sky lost 82-78.
"She's not nauseous now," said Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who confirmed the injury after the Mystics' team doctor examined Delle Donne. "She's groggy, headache … moving gingerly. Hopefully she'll be OK."
Chicago is off until after the All-Star break. Delle Donne might be as well.
"The WNBA has their rules," Chatman said. "It's unfortunate, obviously for her, for us and also for Saturday. We have to make sure she gets back to healthy."
• Mercury forward Penny Taylor has undergone arthroscopic surgery on her right knee and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
• San Antonio coach Dan Hughes earned his 200th career victory Thursday when the Silver Stars beat the New York Liberty 65-53.
Hughes joined Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault and former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor as the only WNBA coaches with 200 wins.
• Indiana's Tamika Catchings scored 23 points Thursday in a 71-60 victory over Tulsa and moved into fourth place on the career scoring list.
Catchings moved past Seattle's Lauren Jackson on the all-time list with 6,024 career points.
• What: WNBA All-Star Game
• Where: Uncasville, Conn.
• When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
• TV: Channel 9