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Sue Bird listed as day-to-day with right knee capsule sprain

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - U.S. point guard

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - U.S. point guard Sue Bird (6) and Diana Taurasi (12) of the United States during a women's basketball game against Canada at the Rio Olympic Games at the Youth Arena on August 12, 2016. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

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.

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