The WNBA’s reigning MVP will have to take a seat for the postseason. Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne is out indefinitely to undergo surgery on her right thumb, according to the Chicago Tribune. The news is a boon to both the league and the Sky as the playoffs loom on September 28. The Sky are currently seeded sixth with three games left to play in the regular season.

Delle Donne missed Friday’s game versus the Indiana Fever after jamming her thumb last Wednesday on a jump ball play in the first quarter versus the Washington Mystics. Following her absence in the game, the Sky allowed single-game franchise records for both points and three-pointers in a 118-81 loss to the Mystics, according to SB Nation.

She was previously listed as day-to-day, according to the TribuneThe Sky are 1-2 without Delle Donne in the lineup.

Delle Donne is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Not only will her injury affect the Sky in the postseason, but her absence in the final three games could also cause the team to fall into eighth place in the playoff standings. The Sky face the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, then the New York Liberty on Friday, followed by the Seattle Storm to close out the season. Each of the Sky’s three remaining opponents are playoff-bound teams.

Delle Donne is the league’s current MVP. She also helped the U.S. Women’s National Basketball team to a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics last month. The Sky are just above .5o0 (15-13, .535) with Delle Donne healthy so, without her, this injury could sink the team for the postseason.

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