August 14, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Aug. 14, 2022: SEASON FINALE — Six-game showdown with WNBA playoffs implications wraps regular season

Who will make it through? Who will be the No. 1 seed? Only time will tell

Happy Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List. Day 85 of the WNBA season and the final day of the regular season is finally here! The day we have all been anticipating, dreading, waiting for, you name it. By the day’s end, there’ll be no more theorizing about who’ll be in the WNBA playoffs and who won’t be.

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To help you keep track of it all, I’ve made an explainer graphic you can keep with you throughout the day that has every scenario each team could use to get either the No. 1 seed (in the case of the Sky and Aces) or into the playoffs (in the case of the Lynx, Dream, Liberty and Mercury). You can find it below:

Oh, and if you’re wondering which of those teams are relying on each other to help them through today, here’s a chart that shows just that:

Arrows point toward the team that, if they win, would also help the team the arrow is pointing from. So, as an example, the Mercury, Liberty, and Sky all benefit if the Sun beat the Lynx.

Happy watching!

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Watch List, Sunday, Aug. 14

Minnesota @ Connecticut, 1 p.m., ABC, SN

Atlanta @ New York, 2 p.m., ESPN3 (Local: YES App, Bally Sports South)

Indiana @ Washington, 3 p.m., ESPN3 (Local: Monumental, Indiana Fever Livestream)

Seattle @ Las Vegas, 3 p.m., ABC, NBA TV Canada

Chicago @ Phoenix, 5 p.m., Amazon Prime Video (Local: Bally Sports Arizona, Marquee)

Dallas @ Los Angeles, 7 p.m., League Pass (Local: Spectrum Sportsnet, Bally Sports Southwest, NBA TV Canada)

Written by Isabel Rodrigues

Isabel Rodrigues (she/her) is a contributing writer for The Next from upstate New York who regularly covers 3x3 and the state of women's basketball in the U.S. and internationally.

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