September 14, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: WNBA Finals Game 2 reaction Pod! A’ja Wilson has Las Vegas Aces one win away from a title

Alex and Matthew discuss Game 2 of the WNBA Finals and how the Aces are one win away from a title

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Alex Simon and The Next‘s Las Vegas Aces beat reporter Matthew Walter to discuss the Aces beating the Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

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Matthew talks about his takeaway from Game 2 of the WNBA finals:

“My favorite part is after game one, Becky Hammon is talking to the media. But you can see in her head that there’s these wheels turning. She’s like, I’m already starting to think game two all the things we’re going to do differently. And it just looked like everything clicked from the jump out of the jump ball, which was maybe the weirdest start of a game I’ve ever seen. After that point, the rest of the game it was not like a miscue. There were some more bad moments, some things that weren’t 100%. But that’s gonna happen every basketball game. I would say for 90% of the game, the Aces looked like they were controlling the style, the pace, exactly everything that they wanted to do.

Connecticut did not outrebound by a whole lot. If not, I think it was tied on the glass and they did not get many second-chance points.”

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Matthew talks about Kelsey Plum’s performance in the WNBA playoffs so far:

“I think a lot of talk had been made through the Seattle series in this series. Just Kelsey Plum hadn’t been herself. And if you think way, way, way back in the year. I think on this podcast between the two of us; I said Kelsey would be a dark horse MVP candidate. And you looked at me and thought I was crazy. And now, looking back on it, she finished like third in the MVP voting. You can tell Kelsey Plum has sort of this dual personality. And she is known for barking at people and you sort of saw that disappear a little bit when she got into this little slump.

And I guess between games one and two A’ja Wilson said [I haven’t seen KP like I’m not seeing KP]. And she went up to Kelsey; she just said, “you need to get your shit together.” And we got KP tonight, not Kelsey Plum; we got KP because she did such a good job of taking whoever was guarding her off the bounce.”

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