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Sports Quick Hits: May 27th, 2021

Basketball

Updates from NWSL, WNBA, and NBA.

May 27, 2021
Source: Orlando Pride/Twitter
Source: Orlando Pride/Twitter

 ๐Ÿ€WNBA: The injury bug is making its grimy way through the W pushing at least seven star players out. This includes Phoenix Mercury GOAT Diana Taurasi whoโ€™s out at least four weeks with a fractured sternum, Chicago Skyโ€™s Candace Parker who has an ankle injury and Washington Mystic Elena Delle Donne whose lingering back injury is...well, still lingering.

โšฝ๏ธNWSL: An update on a story we shared a few weeks ago: 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie has been granted a temporary restraining order (weird language, we know) on the NWSLโ€™s age rule, which keeps players from signing contracts until the age of 18. Meaning, teams can now make Moultrie an offer she canโ€™t (or can!) refuse.

  • Meanwhile, the Orlando Pride, who finished the 2019 season in last place, beat the Challenge Cup champ Portland Thorns 2โ€“1 last night, thanks to big goals from Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, propelling them to the leagueโ€™s top spot. A shocker.

๐Ÿ€NBA: In case you were wondering why Kawhi Leonard was trending on Canadian Twitter this week, itโ€™s because Toronto Raptors fans want to know if Leonard regrets leaving the 2019 championship-winning Raps for the LA Clippers, who are currently down 2-0 against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Ouch. Check out the other playoff matchups here