Brittney Griner To Miss 2013 WNBA All-Star Game

The WNBA’s “3 to See” have boosted the league’s viewership, attendance and merchandise sales this season, but there’s a good chance that all three will be absent from the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game. Brittney Griner, who was voted a starter by fans, will not play in Saturday’s game in Connecticut because of a sprained left knee and will be replaced by Seattle’s Tina Thompson. Elena Delle Donne, the leading vote-getter for the game, will likely also sit out the game after sustaining a concussion in Wednesday’s loss to Washington. Tulsa point guard Skylar Diggins, co-headliner of the “3 to See” campaign, was not selected to play. Per the AP: “Brittney Griner will miss Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game while recovering from a sprained left knee she suffered earlier this month. The rookie center sat out Phoenix’s last five games and will be replaced on the Western Conference roster by Seattle’s Tina Thompson, who announced earlier this season that she would retire after the year. This will be her ninth All-Star appearance — the most ever. Griner may be joined on the sidelines this weekend by Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne. The No. 2 pick in the draft this past April suffered a concussion Wednesday and is questionable to play Saturday. Delle Donne was the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting.”