August 1, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Which teams will make the WNBA playoffs? Six teams fighting for three spots
Missy and Tony discuss the last two weeks of the regular WNBA season and the playoff push
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Missy Heidrick and The Next’s beat reporter for the Indiana Fever Tony East getting together to take a deep dive into the WNBA playoff picture as we hit the home stretch.
Tony breaks down the last two weeks of the regular WNBA season and who is battling which spot:
“Everybody’s fighting for something still, which is fun for every fan of the game, right? The top seed, I was watching the Aces this weekend; they put two games in Indiana. Still only separated by one game, Chicago and Las Vegas are at the top. So they’re fighting for that one seed that home court throughout the entire postseason. So that matters, Connecticut, Seattle and Washington, they’ve also clinched and they’re separated by one win right now. And like you said, the bottom six teams really in that mix for those last three spots, which makes it so fascinating for every team and every game for the last two weeks is going to matter.”
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Tony talks about whether teams will settle in on the rosters or make a change:
“I think a lot of them will be settled in just because of how the salary cap has impacted this season. Many of these teams in the mix have been flirting with the line all season long; Minnesota and Phoenix have even had to get kind of exceptions to the CBA. To feel the team at times this season to meet the compliance requirements for the number of players on a roster with how tight the salary cap is and how many players are on these rosters.”
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