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Taurasi Injury Update: Listed As Game-Time Decision, Ponders Year Off From WNBA

Official word on Diana Taurasi is that she suffered a bruised lower back in her fall on Sunday and will be a game time decision when the Mercury face the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday in Georgia.

Taurasi, while in Washington spoke with AOL Fanhouse about the impact year-round play has on her and other players and strongly indicated that she might consider taking a year off from the WNBA to prevent serious injury:

Taurasi Ponders Year Away From WNBA -- NBA FanHouse
"I've done a lot in my career and at one point you have to make selfish decisions that help you," said Taurasi. "You're talking about a WNBA season, another world championship and another overseas season. This is just a personal decision I'm going to have to make."

While it would be hard to imagine not having Taurasi on the floor, it is completely understandable that she would consider this move. If the WNBA wants to keep its best players playing, it will need to find a way to become the premier choice for women's basketball and not a secondary option to the higher paying European teams.