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June 17, 2006 at 3:09 PM

Heads up

Storm forward Lauren Jackson will start today against the Sacramento Monarchs despite a right knee injury. She’s wearing a black sleeve around the knee.
Jackson had the injury evaluated on Friday when the team arrived in Sacramento and was told it’s either a bone bruise or sprain in the back of the knee. The extent of the damage, if any, hasn’t been determined. According to Storm coach Anne Donovan, it’s just how much “can she tolerate. She’s not playing on an injury as much as she playing and it would be painful.”
“You just gotta play with it, there’s nothing you can do,” said Jackson, who sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Storm’s win against Chicago on Thursday. She played 30 minutes, scoring 23 points in the second half.
“It’s not broken or anything, so it’s fine,” Jackson said. “You gotta play through this sort of stuff.”
Prior to the afternoon tip, Jackson and Bird were aired live on ESPN’s “The Pulse” television show talking about being named to the all-decade team, play overseas, and who has the better music. Jackson joked during the segment that the easiest way to upset Bird is to break her nose, having done so accidentally in 2005. Ironically, seconds later a loose basketball flew toward where the duo sat, hitting Bird on the side of the head. Behind the two, teammates were shooting around to warm up for the game.
“Good thing it wasn’t my nose,” said Bird, who teasingly got up to leave the set.

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