August 30, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: How do A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces recover from Game 1 loss to Seattle Storm?
Howard and Matthew discuss Game One of the Seattle vs. Vegas matchup and what the Aces need to do to even the series on Wednesday
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal and The Next‘s Las Vegas Aces beat reporter Matthew Walter. The two discuss how A’ja Wilson was uncharacteristically quiet and Kelsey Plum missed shots she usually makes. How does that change in Game 2 and what did Becky Hammon have to say about the strategy and counterpunching her Aces need to do to even this series on Wednesday night?
Matthew talks about how Game One of the Seattle Storm vs. Las Vegas Aces semifinals felt in person:
“If I had to say so, It had a Finals feel like it was just two teams that are really really good. There were so many stars on the floor and seven former No. 1 overall picks. You have people who can score at every level and stars at rebounding and passing. Just everything was such a great battle back and forth. And it wasn’t the highest-scoring game by any means. But that’s what happens in a game won. Both teams had a week off. Both teams were going to struggle to put the ball in the basket, early for the Aces and later down the stretch in the second half for the Storm.”
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Matthew talks about why the Aces started flat in Game One on both ends of the floor:
“So I went and looked at this after the game; this is not a new phenomenon. The Aces have had a couple of games where they’ve come out flat in four of their ten regular season losses. They trailed by seven or more it was a game against Dallas, a game against Minnesota, against Atlanta and a game against Connecticut. So all teams that were either almost playoff teams or playoff teams where the Aces came out slow.
And the Aces haven’t been amazing at home; they’re not this home-wrecking team. They are honestly a little bit better on the road. And Becky Hammon says that at times, [I like us better on the road sometimes], which is a little bit weird for a team that has a great fan base in Las Vegas and had gotten a lot of fans, especially to this game.”
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