After getting hit in the head, the San Antonio have announced that guard Moriah Jefferson will enter the WNBA concussion protocol.
And for the San Antonio Stars, the hits just keep on coming.
The Stars announced on Friday that guard Moriah Jefferson will be entering the WNBA concussion protocol and will likely miss at least the next few games. Jefferson was hit in the head during the Stars last game against the Connecticut Sun and was forced to leave the game.
This will be the second time this year that Jefferson will miss games due to injury. She also missed the first three games of the season due to soreness in her right knee.
INJURY REPORT: Moriah Jefferson has entered the WNBA’s Concussion Protocol and will not play in tonight’s game.
— San Antonio Stars (@SAStars) July 7, 2017
Jefferson has been having a down season compared to her impressive rookie campaign. She is averaging 10.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, but unlike last year she is mostly coming off the bench. However, this hasn’t stopped Jefferson’s production, as after a slow start she is now regularly scoring the double-figures when she gets minutes.
With the abundance of guards of San Antonio’s roster and a new scheme being put in place by first-year head coach Vickie Johnson, finding some kind of chemistry has been a major issue for the Stars. The team is currently 1-15 and dead last in the WNBA standings.
One unintended side effect of Jefferson being sidelined is that it should give first overall pick Kelsey Plum her last real chance to turn around her disappointing rookie season. Plum almost certainly will be looking at a pretty big minutes bump and this will be the perfect chance for her to silence the doubters and show everyone what she can do.
Or, if you want to look at it from a different perspective, this may be a great opportunity for the Stars to put Plum on display for the rest of the league. An audition of Plum’s skills to see if anyone might be interested in a trade.
Because for the Stars, this season is already over and thoughts have to turn to the 2018 WNBA Draft. They simply cannot go into next season with the logjam at the guard position and just expect it to work itself out. Someone has to be traded and of the three guards the Stars have, Plum is the obvious choice.
Giving Plum a chance to show what she is capable of could result in good things for both her and San Antonio. It could mean more assets for the Stars to rebuild with and give Plum a fresh start in a new city. Because after this season, Plum could definitely use it.
Moriah Jefferson has proven again and again she is the Stars point guard of the future. The sooner Johnson and GM Ruth Riley realize this, the sooner they can begin to reshape the roster into something that might actually work and win some games.