RIO DE JANEIRO — Sue Bird has a knee capsule sprain and the U.S. women’s basketball team’s point guard and captain is day-to-day. An MRI Wednesday showed the sprain, which was good news to Bird.
Bird, a Syosset native, said in a statement through USA Basketball that, “Obviously I felt a huge relief.” She added the hardest part was waiting and not knowing and was incredibly relieved to get the news.
The 35-year-old was hurt with 6:33 left in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s 110-64 win over Japan in the quarterfinals. She sat out the second half of the game.
The four-time Olympian told The Associated Press after the game that she heard a “pop” in the knee. She has had issues with her left knee, but this is the first injury to her right knee.