September 11, 2023
Locked On Women’s Basketball: 2023 WNBA playoff preview
Missy and Gigi Speer discuss the top contenders and storylines headed into the postseason
The 2023 WNBA Playoff field is set and Missy Heidrick scouted each of the eight teams on the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball. Gigi Speer, a New York Liberty beat reporter for The Strickland, joined Missy to discuss some of the biggest storylines ahead of Wednesday night’s first set of games.
Missy and Gigi started with the middle of the bracket with the No. 4 seed Dallas Wings. They will start with a best-of-three series against fifth-seeded Atlanta in the first round.
“Their key players are people that I’ve followed for a couple of seasons now and they are people I can always expect to show up in game time, in crunch time,” Gigi said. “Natasha Howard is a player that doesn’t get enough credit. She can consistently put up double-digit points, double-digit rebounds as well. I think that they could be super dangerous.”
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On the other side of the bracket, No. 6 Minnesota will face No. 3 Connecticut and No. 7 Washington will face the second-seeded New York Liberty. Gigi said the Lynx, and their turnaround have impressed her from the middle of the WNBA Playoff field.
“When you start that poorly, 0-6, a lot of people are writing you off and it’s really hard not to go with them as well,” Gigi said. “But man, Napheesa Collier, I love watching her style of play and I think that’s something that you can see reflected in the stat sheet because of how much of an offensive presence she is.At games too, she seems to be firing up her team that’s on the court and the team that’s on the bench and they’re all working together.”
In the second segment, Missy and Gigi turned their attention to the Liberty who finished with a 32-8 record in the regular season.
“If teams aren’t buying into every aspect of the program and they’re not trusting each other, it’s never gonna work,” Gigi said. “I think that the quick and early labeling as a ‘super team’ which I did because you can’t help but do it, is only justified if there’s clear direction and clear focus. I think that’s what really stood out to me early on was Sandy Brondello‘s commitment in building up.”
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