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August 4, 2006 at 8:13 AM

Bird nose best

Sue Bird threw an “aw shucks” fist and stomped before almost crying on Thursday when Washington guard Nikki Teasley whacked her in the nose with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter on Thursday.
Bird, who broke the nose the past two seasons, had to foul in order to stop play and be evaluated by trainer Annmarie Henkel on the bench. Having experience with the injury, Bird immediately felt there was a problem.
“I got hit pretty hard,” she said. “It was that feeling, you know. I can’t explain it, but I felt it before. So I was a little bummed.”
Since Henkel didn’t find a problem after a quick examination, Bird opted to worry about it later and re-entered the game with 5:17 remaining in the quarter. She finished with 13 points, sinking six free throws with 30 seconds remaining in the game, and also had a career-high tying eight rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes.
Bird will decide today if she needs further evaluation, but doesn’t want to wear the facemask again.

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