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Griner's Absence From World Cup Weighing on US Teammates

A person holds up a sign reminding fans of Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner during the first half of Game 2 in a WNBA basketball playoffs semifinal between the Chicago Sky and the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A person holds up a sign reminding fans of Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner during the first half of Game 2 in a WNBA basketball playoffs semifinal between the Chicago Sky and the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sydney (AP) -- Brittney Griner's absence is weighing on the minds of her USA Basketball teammates, who are trying to fill the void created by her absence as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup.

The Americans are expected to win without the 6-foot-8 Griner, but replacing her spirit and impact on and off the court is a challenging task.