Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi to miss second straight game with left ankle injury

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss her second game in a row with a left ankle injury, the team announced Friday.

Taurasi last played in the Mercury's Sept. 6 game, finishing with 11 points and six assists. She was downgraded to out from doubtful ahead of the Mercury's Wednesday game.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist has missed time this season with a chest injury, in addition to a hip injury. Still, she is the team's third-leading scorer with 15.2 PPG.

The Mercury will be without Taurasi for Saturday night's big matchup against the Connecticut Sun, who have the best record in the league at 23-6. The Mercury, who have the fourth-best record (19-10), are riding a 10-game win streak. The Sun have won 11 games in a row.

Both teams have already secured a playoff berth. But the Mercury want to hold onto the fourth seed, which would give them a bye to the second round. In addition to Saturday's game, the Mercury will play the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces to close out the season -- both teams with better records than the Mercury.

It's unclear if Taurasi will miss any more games beyond Saturday's game. The playoffs begin Sept. 23.