July 14, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Viva Las Vegas: All-Star Weekend preview

Host Natalie Heavren and Mercury beat reporter Jesse Morrison discuss all things All-Star Weekend

Temperatures are rising in Las Vegas as the countdown continues to All-Star Weekend. Jesse Morrison, Phoenix Mercury beat writer at The Next, joins host Natalie Heavren to talk all things All-Star Weekend, from the game itself to the skills challenge and 3-point contest. The pair discuss what changes have been made from last year and Jesse dives into what additions he’d love to see in the future as well as his predictions for this year’s events.

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Jesse makes the prediction that chemistry will win the day, and that Team A’ja Wilson, featuring A’ja and three of her Aces teammates, will clinch the win.

“This is tough, because you got one team that has four Las Vegas Aces and they play together all the time and they’re 17-2 and they’re the defending champions; but on the other side, you have the best player in the world in Breanna Stewart. But I gotta go with the team with the four Aces players — Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young, Kelsey Plum, A’ja Wilson. I mean, they play together all the time, they’re the best team in the league. Having those four players on one team with a bunch of other All-Stars that are really good — I think they’re gonna win for sure.”

Jesse Morrison, The Next

Catch all the All-Star Weekend events, starting with the WNBA 3-Point Contest and WNBA Skills Challenge airing live on ESPN on Friday, July 14 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. The All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, July 15 at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.  ABC will air the All-Star Game in primetime for the first time (5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET).

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