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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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July 30, 2007 4:23 PM


Posted by Jayda Evans

All-Star Lauren Jackson missed practice to have a MRI taken on her right knee. Jackson has dealt with the problem since playing 31 minutes in a blowout against Los Angeles on July 10. The Storm traveled home to host Connecticut at noon the following day and after the loss, the Aussie hopped a plane to Washington, D.C. for the All-Star game and the beginning of the Storm's four-game road trip.

While on the road, she crashed to the Madison Square Garden floor on a loose ball scramble, injuring her bursa sac. She returned, however, and said it was unrelated to the issue in the back of her knee. Returning to Seattle has done little to ease the pain as the Storm will have played every other day during its current three-game homestand, not giving Jackson must time to stay off her feet.

Jackson, who leads the league in scoring (24.2), was at the training facility following her appointment. She appeared upbeat, but declined to speak with media.

Teammate Betty Lennox also missed practice in order to rest, but also has a left wrist injury. It happened Friday, she said, with Indiana center "Tammy Sutton-Brown running me over.'' Lennox didn't offer any more details and will have it evaluated because she plans to continue playing.

Storm center Janell Burse is questionable because her left wrist has three torn ligaments. She expects to play against Sacramento because she didn't do anything to cause pain today, but her future is uncertain because if the pain worsens she may have to wear a cast or have surgery, which would require at least six weeks to rehabilitate.

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