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Lindsay Whalen's streak of 106 straight starts is in jeopardy


It looks like Lindsay Whalen's long streak of consecutive starts will come to an end on Wednesday afternoon.

Whalen did not practice with the Lynx on Tuesday, and according to the Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood, she will not play in Wednesday's game against the Connecticut Sun.

Whalen was poked in the eye late in the first half of the Lynx's victory over Tulsa on Sunday. She did not return to the game.

"It's not looking likely," Wolves coach Cheryl Reeve told the Pioneer Press Tuesday. "(On Monday) it was improved. It was less cloudy. I'm not clear where we are on the spot, and I have no idea when she woke up today."

If Whalen does in fact sit out the game against her former team, she will snap her streak of 106 consecutive starts.

It's not the first time Whalen has dealt with an injury to her right eye. She was poked in the same eye six years ago by Tamika Catchings, and the effects of that injury lasted for weeks.

According to Youngblood, this time around it doesn't appear to be a severe injury, and Reeve is "cautiously optimistic" that Whalen will be available after the All-Star break, which lasts through the end of the week.

The news could thrust newly acquired guard Renee Montgomery right into the starting lineup, in her first game back with Minnesota. The Lynx completed a trade for the 5-foot-7 guard with Seattle on Monday.

Montgomery wasn't at practice on Tuesday either, still completing her journey to the Lynx.

"Nothing like throwing her right into the fire," Reeve told the Pioneer Press. She said that Montgomery had been sent a video playbook, but that was about it.

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