Elena Delle Donne possibly out for rest of WNBA season


Elena Delle Donne could be out for the rest of the WNBA season.

Mystics coach Mike Thibault told reporters on Thursday that Delle Donne probably wouldn’t play in their game Friday against the Atlanta Dream. He added that the two-time MVP is experiencing nerve pain, stemming from her two back surgeries since 2019, and that she isn’t practicing as a result.

“She is probably not going to play at all this weekend and I’m not sure about the rest of the year yet,” Thibault said. “I don’t know yet.”

Delle Donne returned to the court in late August for the first time in nearly two years. In her two games back, she scored 16 points and 18 points, respectively.

Delle Donne then exited early from the Mystics’ game against the Dallas Wings on Aug. 26 for what Thibault said was a “precautionary” reason.

The Mystics are currently in ninth place and a half-game out of a playoff spot, with four games left to play in the regular season.