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Sabrina Ionescu rolls ankle badly in first half vs. Dream [UPDATE]

The New York Liberty suffered a tough loss in their third game of the season. No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu rolled her ankle badly on Friday.

Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty looks on during the game on July 31, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE Aug 1, 1:56 p.m.: ESPN is reporting Sabrina Ionescu suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain that, “usually requires months to fully heal.” The New York Liberty believe the injury will not require surgery.

Update 10:00 p.m.: Good news for the rookie and the Liberty:

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: The broadcast team reports it’s a sprained ankle for Ionescu (file this under duh), and that she’s undergoing X-rays.

With the New York Liberty matched up against the Atlanta Dream, about midway through the second quarter Sabrina Ionescu, the #1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft, rolled her ankle and had to be carried off the court.

She was hurt with 5:10 left in the second quarter, and had 10 points in 12 minutes on 4-5 shooting, along with a rebound, an assist, a steal, and a charge taken before going down. Add this to the 31-7-7 she had in the Liberty’s last game against the Dallas Wings Wednesday night.

Ionescu has been the most-exciting person in the bubble, playing with such intensity that it’s impossible to keep your eyes off her. Despitethe mistakes of a young team that’s finding its way, it’s clear this is is the next superstar in the sport, and a serious injury here would be terrible for the Liberty as they begin their rebuild this season.