Sue Bird misses US exhibition game; death in family

Sue Bird misses US exhibition game; death in family

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Sue Bird misses US exhibition game; death in family

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 7:56 PM

WASHINGTON  -- United States women's basketball point guard Sue Bird did not play in the U.S. exhibition game against Brazil on Monday night because of the death of her stepfather.

Bird, who will be playing in her third Olympics at the London Games, practiced with the team this weekend, but left Sunday be with her family. USA Basketball officials did not say when Bird would be rejoining the team.

"I said take whatever amount of time you need, come back when you need to come back," U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said.  "She may or not play in the game in Manchester.  She might meet us there or meet us in Istanbul, we'll know Tuesday."

Lindsay Whalen replaced the Seatle Storm star in the starting lineup, joining Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Sylvia Fowles.  Whalen led the team with 21 points in the 99-67 rout of Brazil.

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