WNBA Playoffs: Erika De Souza To Miss Remainder Of Conference Finals

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03: DeLisha Milton-Jones #8 of the Los Angeles Sparks puts up a shot over Candice Dupree #4 of the Phoenix Mercury during the WNBA game at US Airways Center on September 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A story that was first reported by Swish Appeal writer James Bowman has now been confirmed by the Atlanta Dream. Atlanta center Erika De Souza has played her last game in the Conference Finals and has left the team to join the Brazilian National Team to play in the FIBA America Championship for Women. According to the release by the Dream, De Souza is expected to return to the Dream immediately following the tournament. 

Of course with Atlanta facing elimination on Sunday, there may not be anything to return to this season. Atlanta lost Game 1 to Indiana on Thursday with De Souza finishing with eight points and 13 rebounds. Allison Bales is the likely candidate to replace De Souza in the starting lineup with Sandora Irvin and Courtney Paris likely seeing more playing time. 

As a fan I am completely conflicted here. Maybe this is something that the WNBA has had to deal with before but as a newer fan that comes with an NBA background, I was completely blindsided by this announcement. On one hand I can completely respect the need for a foreign born player to represent their home country but it leaves Atlanta and in my opinion, the WNBA in a very precarious spot. 

We will continue to update this story if more details become available but in the meantime, the Atlanta Dream's return trip to the Finals just got that much tougher. Be sure and check out Swish Appeal for any other developments and James Bowman's reaction as well.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Peachtree Hoops

You must be a member of Peachtree Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Peachtree Hoops. You should read them.

Join Peachtree Hoops

You must be a member of Peachtree Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Peachtree Hoops. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker