Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird have mic’d-up back-and-forth in Mercury vs. Storm WNBA game

Any matchup that features Sue Bird going up against Diana Taurasi is must-see TV. Those two delivered on Saturday, with an added soundbite for good measure.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Storm-Mercury WNBA game, Bird and Taurasi got tied up fighting for possession, with an official ruling a jump ball. Bird briefly argued her case with the official before getting into a debate with Taurasi over the play.

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Both said they had possession, and then Taurasi said that she had the ball until Bird fouled her. The Storm guard countered that Taurasi had fouled her arm, which the Mercury guard denied.

Taurasi won the tap to keep possession with Phoenix. Bird later defended a 3-point shot by Taurasi on the possession. Taurasi and Phoenix went on to win the game 69-64.

Bird and Taurasi have delivered plenty of memorable moments throughout their careers. The two were teammates at UConn, where they won two national championships together in 2000 and 2002. Bird won the Naismith Award in 2002, followed by Taurasi winning the award in 2003 and 2004.

Bird was selected first overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft and Taurasi went first overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft. They’ve played against one another 44 times since they joined the league.

There might not be many more chances to see the two play against one another. The Mercury and Storm are only scheduled to meet once more in the 2022 regular season. They would need meet in the playoffs to add more matchups. Bird has indicated that this is likely her final season in the WNBA.

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