Candace Parker sustains ankle injury in Sky’s loss to Wings, will be evaluated in the coming days

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The Chicago Sky suffered a disappointing 80-76 loss to the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night. More worrying than the defeat, however, was that star striker Candace Parker suffered another ankle injury and had to leave the game after just 16 minutes.

Midway through the third quarter, Parker put up a screen for Courtney Vandersloot and rolled over to the basket. While trying to create some space in the paint, she collided with Kayla Thornton, who was running the baseline trying to keep up with Azura Stevens. During the process, Parker rolled her ankle and immediately slumped to the floor in pain. Her cries were audible during the game broadcast, as you can hear.

Parker was able to get up and stumble to the bench at the next dead ball, then spent some time talking to the medical staff. However, she did not return to the game and it is unclear when she will be back on the field. Sky coach James Wade addressed the situation after the game and said the team will know more in the coming days.

“We’re going to evaluate it in the coming days and see how it responds,” wade said:.

The good news is Wade said this injury isn’t as bad as Parker’s earlier in the season. The bad news is it’s the same ankle she sprained in May. On that occasion, Parker ended up missing eight games, with the Sky finishing 1-7 and falling into an early hole that they are still trying to escape. For the season, the Sky are now 10-3 when Parker plays the entire game and 1-8 without her for at least a significant portion.

With the loss to the Wings, the Sky is now 11-11 in the season and has dropped to sixth place. Coming out of the Olympic break, they had their sights set on chasing a top-four seed, and possibly even top-two if they took advantage of their numerous matchups with the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces.

Now, depending on the severity of Parker’s injury, they could be in a battle to make the playoffs. They are just 1.5 game clear of ninth-placed Washington Mystics, who are expected to recover Elena Delle Donne from injury soon.

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