WNBA's first overall pick Ionescu helped off court with injury

Sabrina Ionescu rolled her ankle, suffering a sprain, the New York Liberty team management said, in her third game of the shortened WNBA season.

Sabrina Ionescu was helped off the court with an ankle injury during the New York Liberty's match against the Atlanta Dream.   -  Twitter

First overall WNBA pick Sabrina Ionescu was helped off the court with an ankle injury on Friday during the New York Liberty's matchup against the Atlanta Dream, casting a shadow on the highly touted rookie's debut season.

The Liberty guard rolled her ankle, suffering a sprain, the New York team said, in her third game of the shortened WNBA season, which is being held without fans in a “bubble” setting in Bradenton, Florida, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

READ | NBPA chief: 'Bubble' a possibility for 2020-21 season

Dismayed fans responded to wince-inducing footage of the injury on social media.

“Ouch!!” tweeted three-time NBA champion LeBron James in response. “@sabrina_i20 Get healthy as soon as possible! Health is wealth.”

Ionescu, who was mentored by the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and was the only Division I player to record 2,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists, roared into the league on a wave of monumental expectations.

She scored 33 points during the Liberty's Wednesday loss to the Dallas Wings.

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