May 21, 2022
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi lambasted travel conditions in the WNBA after her team's 94-84 loss to the Dallas Wings on Thursday night in Phoenix, calling out the "big pockets" that can change the situation.
Mercury starting guard Skylar Diggins-Smith missed the game with a non-COVID-19 illness.
"We have players out, staff, trainers, coaches, you know, it's the situation that we are in," Taurasi said in a video captured by 12 Sports' Cameron Cox. "We find ourselves always in these conditions that are tough. We are in these airports that obviously in the summer are crowded, people go on vacation. …We go to Vegas tomorrow, there are thousands of people in the casino. You just have to be as safe as possible with the conditions the way they are."
The Mercury fell to 2-3 with the loss after losing in Las Vegas to the Aces on Tuesday night, 86-74.
They return to Las Vegas to face the Aces again on Saturday.
Taurasi continued: "It's unfortunate that we have to travel this way because it really does take a toll on you physically, and now your health is at risk for you and your family. It's a shame that we are still talking about this 25 years later when there's big pockets out there that could change this thing, but you know, we're just women."
Diggins-Smith is one of the best on-ball defenders on the team and is the team’s facilitator, but her status for Saturday’s game at Las Vegas is still up in the air.
Taurasi took over the reins as the facilitator in the loss to the Wings and put on her best performance of the young season with 31 points and five 3-pointers.
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