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Brittney Griner to return to Phoenix Mercury lineup after missing eight games

WNBA All-Star center Brittney Griner is expected to return to the Phoenix Mercury lineup on Saturday after missing eight straight games due to a left knee and right ankle injury.

Griner leads the league in scoring this year, averaging 22.3 points per game for the Mercury. Griner also ranks in the top five in field goal percentage (58 percent), as well as in the top 10 in rebounds (8.2 rpg). Griner’s impact has been missed on the defensive end as well, as she leads the WNBA in blocks (2.5 bpg).

Griner is averaging career highs in both points and rebounds, as 2017 has been her most productive year thus far. Griner also ranks second in player impact estimate (21.5).

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Before her injury, Griner was considered by many to be an MVP candidate.

During Griner’s absence, the Mercury have gone 2-5 and now sit at 14-12 in the playoff race. The Mercury will face the struggling Seattle Storm at home on Saturday in Griner’s return. For tickets, visit SeatGeek.

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