Diagnosis: Sprained ankle for Phoenix Mercury’s Danielle Robinson

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 19: Danielle Robinson
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 19: Danielle Robinson /

Phoenix Mercury point guard Danielle Robinson avoided more serious issues and sustained just a sprained ankle, a source familiar with her condition told The Summitt.

Fans were rightly concerned after a local reporter, Seth Askelson, saw her go down during Mercury practice on Tuesday afternoon.

There is no timetable for her return at this point, and the Mercury have not responded to multiple requests for information on Robinson. But sprained ankles typically lead to a return time in days or weeks, rather than months.

With Robinson running the point, the Mercury sit comfortably in the upper half of the league’s offenses. Her stats are virtually identical to her 2015 campaign with San Antonio, including a 32.1 assist percentage, helping her amass the fifth-most assists in the league so far.

While Robinson recovers, expect Leilani Mitchell to take on more of the distributing responsibilities. Diana Taurasi is certainly capable of doing so as well, but she’s been particularly effective off the ball this season, something made possible by Robinson’s strong play. The Mercury next play Friday night at home against the Chicago Sky.