UPDATED: Phoenix Mercury practice notes: Taurasi updates, Mitchell not sighted

What we learned from Monday’s Mercury practice

After spending Monday watching the Phoenix Mercury practice, head coach Sandy Brondello shared a few bits of news with the assembled media, which was only High Post Hoops. (Remember, you can support our work here.)

Here’s the latest from the Memorial Day practice:

–       Diana Taurasi (back surgery) isn’t back yet, but is progressing well and continued to get shots up and do other light work around the side of the court. Brondello said Taurasi will be re-evaluated next week and that could lead to an updated timeline beyond the initial 10-12 weeks, but the key in Phoenix’s mind is for Taurasi to be 100% healthy.

–       Sancho Lyttle (knee) is very close to returning, with Brondello stating she’s “hoping to get a few minutes out of her” in Friday’s game against the Aces.

–       Camille Little (ankle) just began running up and back on the basketball court in Monday’s practice, and Brondello admitted she’s not sure when Little will be back yet.

–       UPDATED: a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that former Mercury guard Leilani Mitchell was at practice. In fact, the person at practice was Dr. Tasha Harris, seen here. High Post Hoops regrets the error.

The Mercury fell to the Seattle Storm on Saturday in their season opener, 77-68. Phoenix returns to action on Friday night, May 31, in the team’s home opener against the Las Vegas Aces. The newest member of the Aces, Liz Cambage, is expected to make her debut for her new team.

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