Whalen underwent successful hand surgery, sidelined indefinitely

ST. PAUL, MN - JULY 6: Lindsay Whalen
ST. PAUL, MN - JULY 6: Lindsay Whalen /

The Minnesota Lynx provided an update on the status of All-Star guard, Lindsay Whalen.  She underwent successful surgery after suffering a fracture of her fifth metacarpal in her left hand.

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Whalen was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after colliding with Laisha Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream in the third quarter of last night’s 69-54 win. The injury comes the same day the team announced Seimone Augustus would be made available Sunday after missing the last two games for personal reasons.

Whalen has spent the last seven season with the Lynx after starting her WNBA career with the Connecticut Sun.  The Minnesota native has started all 22 games for the Lynx. The 14 year WNBA veteran is averaging eight points, four assists and 23.6 minutes per game. She has been part of all seven of the Lynx 20+ winning seasons.

The good news is, Minnesota has already clinched a playoff spot for the 2017 season.  The bad news is, Whalen is an undeniable leader for the Lynx. Head coach Cheryl Reeve will likely look to Renee Montgomery to fill in for the starting lineup.  The UConn alumna is averaging seven points and 3 assists in 17 minutes per game. The nine-year veteran has also played in all 22 games for the Lynx this season but has not started to-date.

The injury to Whalen is not ideal, but if last night is any indication, it will take more than this to derail this Minnesota team.  “We expect everybody to step up in little ways,” said team leading scorer Sylvia Fowles in an interview with ESPN2 after last night’s win. “If you can’t get it done scoring, make sure you get rebounds. If you can’t get rebounds, make sure you get deflections.”

The team approach has worked so far for the Lynx.  They will return to action on Sunday, August 6 against the Indiana Fever.