In the first playoff game against the Aces, the Mercury won't have Skylar Diggins-Smith or Diana Taurasi.

The No. 8 seed Phoenix Mercury will play the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces on the road Wednesday to start the 2022 WNBA Playoffs.

However, the Mercury will be without their two best players. On Tuesday night, the official injury report said that

Skylar Diggins-Smith (for personal reasons) and Diana Taurasi (quadriceps) would not be playing. They join Kia Nurse (recovering from an ACL injury) on the list of players

who are expected to miss the game. Given the situation, none of this is surprising.

However, head coach Vanessa Nygaard left the door open after Sunday's last game of the regular season for the possibility that these players could come back at some point in the playoffs.

Forward Kaela Davis, who scored 11 points on Sunday, might not be able to play in Game 1 against the Aces because of an injury to her right ankle.

The tip is set for 7 p.m. in Las Vegas, and it will be shown on ESPN. Phoenix's rotation should look like what the team did in its last four games of the regular season, which Diggins-Smith missed.

Taurasi didn't play in the last five games. After centre Tina Charles (17.3) was let go in the middle of the season, Diggins-Smith (19.7 points per game) and Taurasi (16.7) were the top two scorers

for the Mercury. The last four games of the regular season were played without Diggins-Smith and Taurasi. The Mercury went 2-2 without them,

and Diamond DeShields led the team in scoring for two of those games. In the last game of the regular season, Sophie Cunningham did it once, and Megan Gustafson, 

the centre who came off the bench, led the team with 12 points. When Diggins-Smith and Taurasi were out, Phoenix put DeShields, Cunningham, Brianna Turner (a forward),

Jennie Simms, and Shey Peddy in the games. Gustafson, Reshanda Gray, Sam Thomas, a rookie, and Davis and Yvonne Turner, who came to the team because of hard times,

have played minutes off the bench. The Mercury (15-21) lost all three of their regular season games against Las Vegas by more than 10 points.

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