EDITOR’S NOTE: Kahleah Copper walked out of Chicago’s training room, walking gingerly under her own power. Copper reiterated that she is okay while she walked back to her seat on the practice floor.
The WNBA playoffs have already been marred with a possibly season-ending injury to Shey Peddy when the Mercury guard suffered a non-contact lower leg injury during Game 1 of the Mercury-Aces first-round series.
Unfortunately, another injury occurred after Kahleah Copper reportedly suffered an ankle injury during a Chicago Sky practice schedule on Friday, per James Kay. Copper went down with a non-contact injury and was helped off the court.
Kahleah Copper went down at the end of practice and had to be helped off the court. She was grabbing her ankle. I’ll see if there are any updates in a few minutes. @TheNextHoops— James Kay (@James_M_Kay) August 19, 2022
During a media session with reporters moments later, Coach James Wade was dismissive of any injury worries concerning Copper’s injury.
“Nothing is wrong,” Wade said. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. We’re fine.”
“She’s fine,” he added after a reported rebutted that they saw Copper go down. Wade went on to say that “we are fine” after a reporter asked about Copper’s availability to play tomorrow.
Copper averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. Copper led the Sky in scoring during Chicago’s Game 1 loss to the New York Liberty. Copper’s injury, regardless of severity, couldn’t come at a worse time as the defending champs stare down the hole or elimination.