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Storm rally to beat Tulsa, but lose Bird

The Storm used a season-high 21 points from Svetlana Abrosimova to rally from a 13-point second half deficit to beat the Tulsa Shock 83-72 on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, it didn’t come without a price — for the second time this season, point guard Sue Bird left the game early due to injury, as described by Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans who was at the game:

It wasn’t without another loss, however. The defensive pressure got to Storm guard Sue Bird, who was swarmed on an offensive play two minutes into the game, suffering a lower back injury. She was evaluated during the game and will have another examination when the team returns to Seattle on Monday. Her status for Tuesday’s game against San Antonio is questionable.

It’s Bird’s second injury of the season. She hyper-flexed her left knee against the Silver Stars last week, resting the injury and playing 35-minutes in a come-from-behind win against Indiana on Friday.

While it is good that she didn’t reaggravate the same injury, back injuries have a tendency to linger. Beyond the San Antonio game, the question for the Storm is how long Bird might have to remain out.