PODCAST: The Summitt’s roundtable preview of WNBA semifinals

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 24: Nneka Ogwumike
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 24: Nneka Ogwumike /

Host Howard Megdal is joined by Lindsay Gibbs, who has covered the Washington Mystics, Ben Dull, reporter focusing on the Los Angeles Sparks, and Brendon Kleen, who has been on the Phoenix Mercury beat, to discuss the upcoming WNBA semifinals involving those three teams and, of course, the Minnesota Lynx.

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For Gibbs, an extended discourse on the value of Krystal Thomas and the remarkable late rise of Kristi Toliver this season are keys in the upcoming series against Minnesota. Dull pointed out, not unreasonably, that it is vital to defeat the Sparks to find a way to get both Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike into foul trouble, no easy task. Kleen expands on precisely what has made Brittney Griner so tough all season, a clear MVP candidate.

As a group, we discuss Diana Taurasi’s decision to sit out a few games late in the season. Is it the right move? Exactly what standing do we or anyone have to second-guess Diana Taurasi?

Plus: predictions, asides, hopes and dreams for all four teams, and even a brief discourse on what went wrong for the New York Liberty. Get ready for the WNBA semifinals by hearing from the people who have been covering these teams all season long.

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