Storm superstar Stewart ruled out for knockout game vs. Mercury

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As the Seattle Storm prepare to defend their 2020 title in earnest, superstar forward Breanna Stewart will remain sidelined.

Stewart is officially out of Sunday's single-elimination knockout game against the visiting Phoenix Mercury due to the left foot injury she suffered earlier this month. The 27-year-old was initially shut down for the remainder of the regular season on Sept. 10 but was set to be re-evaluated prior to the start of the playoffs.

No other players were listed on Seattle's injury report Saturday.

Stewart, a two-time champion and 2018 regular-season MVP, remained the Storm's bedrock this season, leading the team with 20.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

The Mercury could be without a key player, too. After missing Thursday's win over the New York Liberty, Diana Taurasi - the WNBA's all-time leading scorer - is once again questionable to play due to a lingering left ankle injury.

The Storm (21-11) went 2-1 in the season series versus the Mercury (19-13), including a win in Seattle's regular-season finale when Stewart was out of the lineup. The home side won all three games.

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