September 13, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Sept. 13, 2022: CLEAR THE DECKS — Connecticut Sun regroup for Game 2 after loss to Las Vegas

Plus: Inaugural DIBF 3x3 World Cup results

It’s Tuesday. Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing featuring the daily Watch List. Day 13 of the WNBA post-season is here and it is once again time for the WNBA Finals in Las Vegas. Picking up where they left off, the Aces will take on the visiting Connecticut Sun as both teams continue their quests for a first-time championship. For the Sun, who held Las Vegas to less than 70 points in Game 1 and forced Las Vegas to play at a relative snail’s pace, they’ll look to add more offensive production in the back-court and from their bench unit. For the Aces, bolstering their interior defense and defrosting Kelsey Plum, while getting to the free throw line at the high clip they managed in Game 1, will be top of mind. No matter how the cards fall, if Sunday’s opener was any indication, we’re in for a treat the rest of the way through.

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On Sept. 10, the first 3×3 World Cup of the Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) came to a close. Poland defeated Ukraine in the final, 16–15, while Italy was victorious over the USA in the third-place match, 17–11. The DIBF also celebrated its 20th anniversary during the Cup, following the Federation’s founding in July of 2002.

But first, read:

  • Our Matthew Walter breaks down Dearica Hamby’s limited but impactful minutes in Game 1 of the Finals, and previews Game 2.
  • Our Scott Mammoser goes behind the scenes of Angel McCoughtry’s return to basketball through the Team USA training camp.
  • For The Ringer, Roger Sherman details Becky Hammon’s meteoric rise through the WNBA in her first head coaching position and the moves she’s made to put the Aces in championship position.
  • The New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas walks through Brittney Griner’s early life and career, and the realities of bringing her home. ($, incognito works)
  • The Pick and Roll’s Benjiman Mallis takes you behind the scenes of the Melbourne Boomers 2021–22 championship, and the upcoming documentary about their success.
  • Andscape’s Sean Hurd chronicles the most recent repeat WNBA champions, the 2001–02 Los Angeles Sparks.

Watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 13 — Aces vs. Sun

(All times in Eastern)

Connecticut @ Las Vegas, 9 p.m., ESPN, TSN — Las Vegas leads, 1–0.

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Written by Isabel Rodrigues

Isabel Rodrigues (she/her) is a contributing editor for The Next from upstate New York. She occasionally covers 3x3 and labor in women's basketball.

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