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Dallas Wings Liz Cambage won’t play in game with WNBA playoff implications due to injury

Cambage injured her neck on Wednesday, but traveled with the team to Atlanta. She won’t play against the Dream.

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Liz Cambage traveled with the Dallas Wings to Atlanta for the team’s game at 2 p.m. ET against the Dream on NBA TV Saturday afternoon, the told SB Nation, but the 6’8 All-Star’s won’t play in a crucial game with playoff implications due to a neck injury. Cambage hit her head hard on the court in the fourth quarter of a Wednesday night loss to the Connecticut Sun and had to exit the game.

Here’s the play she was injured on:

How important is Cambage to the Wings?


Cambage is one of the WNBA’s best on both ends of the floor as a 6’8 stretch big who can fire from anywhere. She’s the league’s leading scorer at 23 points per game, second-leading rebounder at 10 per game, and she hits an efficient 59 percent of her looks. She also averages two blocks per game.

Cambage is essential in everything the Wings do, and her return to the WNBA after a four-year hiatus playing overseas was the key to the team’s return to playoff relevancy.

What’s the Wings’ playoff situation?

Eight teams qualify for the WNBA playoffs, and with just more than a week to go in the regular season, just one spot remains. That spot will go to either the Wings or the Las Vegas Aces, which trail Dallas by 2.5 games. The Aces have four games left to play and the Wings have five.

Cambage’s play really matters for the security of the final playoff slot. Now Skylar Diggins-Smith will have to step up in her absence.

The Wings have been awarded some cushion. The Aces made history a week ago by forfeiting a game after 25 hours of travel woes across the country to make a larger stand for the player’s health.

That game could cost the team a playoff spot.