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Sparks' Lisa Leslie will miss Wednesday's game against Seattle Storm

July 21, 2009 |  3:22 pm

Leslie1 Sparks center Lisa Leslie won't play Wednesday night in a road matchup with the Seattle Storm, according to the team's director of public relations, Alayne Ingram.

Leslie has missed seven games since spraining her right knee June 19 against the Phoenix Mercury and is still listed as day-to-day. Ingram said Leslie didn't travel with the team.

Leslie recently told The Times that she had decided not to travel on any of the Sparks' road trips during her recovery so she can concentrate on physical therapy. She has said that includes three-hour sessions each morning when the team is away and two-hour sessions when the team practices at home. In those instances, Leslie joins the Sparks for the last hour of practice.

As of Friday, doctors cleared Leslie to run, allowing her to practice with the team while abstaining from contact drills.

It remains unclear when Leslie will be cleared to participate in contact drills, or if she'll play in the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday. She was voted by fans to be the Western Conference's starting center.

The 4-8 Sparks have the second-worst record in the league and are six games behind conference leader Phoenix.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Sparks' Lisa Leslie, who has missed seven games since spraining her right knee, is still listed as day-to-day. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press

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