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WNBA champions Aces are primed for a third consecutive championship run with finals MVP A’ja Wilson

The WNBA champions Aces are primed for a third consecutive championship run with finals MVP A’ja Wilson and their core group set to return.

A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces appear to be on the path to securing a third consecutive WNBA championship, extending their remarkable success in the league.

Having concluded an unprecedented regular season with back-to-back titles, their core players, including WNBA Finals MVP A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, and Chelsea Gray, are all returning. Moreover, these key players are in their prime, with Young at 26 years old, Wilson at 27, Plum at 29, and Gray at 31.

The Las Vegas Aces raise the trophy following Game 4 of their WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York. The Aces triumphed 70-69.
The Las Vegas Aces raise the trophy following Game 4 of their WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York. The Aces triumphed 70-69.

“We should take a moment to commemorate this,” Wilson stated. She contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds in the Game 4 victory, despite the Aces playing with a shorthanded roster.

Even President Joe Biden acknowledged the team’s achievement, stating on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “Congratulations to the @LVAces, the first back-to-back WNBA champions in 21 years. It was an incredible team effort representing a fantastic sports city in America.”

A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces appear to be on the path to securing a third consecutive WNBA championship, extending their remarkable success in the league.

A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, right, drives past Courtney Vandersloot of the New York Liberty during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA final playoff series on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York.
A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, right, drives past Courtney Vandersloot of the New York Liberty during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA final playoff series on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York.

Having concluded an unprecedented regular season with back-to-back titles, their core players, including WNBA Finals MVP A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, and Chelsea Gray, are all returning. Moreover, these key players are in their prime, with Young at 26 years old, Wilson at 27, Plum at 29, and Gray at 31.

“We should take a moment to commemorate this,” Wilson stated. She contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds in the Game 4 victory, despite the Aces playing with a shorthanded roster.

Kelsey Plum (10) of the Las Vegas Aces looks to pass during the second half of Game 4 of the WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York. The Aces triumphed 70-69.
Kelsey Plum (10) of the Las Vegas Aces looks to pass during the second half of Game 4 of the WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York. The Aces triumphed 70-69.

Even President Joe Biden acknowledged the team’s achievement, stating on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “Congratulations to the @LVAces, the first back-to-back WNBA champions in 21 years. It was an incredible team effort representing a fantastic sports city in America.”

A’ja Wilson, standing at 6 feet 4 inches, heeded the advice to rise to the occasion, especially when the stakes were high. On Wednesday, she delivered a standout performance when the Las Vegas Aces were in dire need, playing without Chelsea Gray and starting center Kiah Stokes.

During the second half of Game 4 of a WNBA basketball final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York, Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon calls out to her team. The Aces won 70-69.
During the second half of Game 4 of a WNBA basketball final playoff series against the New York Liberty on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York, Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon calls out to her team. The Aces won 70-69.

Wilson achieved a historic feat by becoming the first player in WNBA history to record two games with over 20 points and 15 rebounds in the WNBA Finals. Her remarkable contributions were a significant factor in Las Vegas’ regular season success with 34 wins and an 8-1 playoff record.

“We’ve encountered adversity throughout the entire season, playing without different players… We’ve got some true fighters,” commented Alysha Clark, who joined the Aces during the offseason and secured her third championship. “Our ability to weather the storms we faced, to consistently show up every day, and reach this moment together speaks volumes about our team and our chemistry.”

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York, the Las Vegas Aces celebrate after Game 4 of their WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty. The Aces triumphed 70-69.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in New York, the Las Vegas Aces celebrate after Game 4 of their WNBA final playoff series against the New York Liberty. The Aces triumphed 70-69.

In addition to having their core group intact, they are led by Becky Hammon, who has guided the team to championships in her first two seasons as the head coach. She is only the third individual in WNBA or NBA history to achieve this feat, alongside Van Chancellor, who guided the Comets to four titles, and John Kundla of the Minneapolis Lakers (1948-49 and 1949-50).

New York is expected to be the primary challenge for Las Vegas as the Aces aim for a historic three-peat. Both teams were preseason favorites to compete in the finals, and New York’s close one-point loss, just the second in a clinching game in WNBA Finals history, will undoubtedly motivate the Liberty.

However, like all other WNBA teams, they will have to pursue the Aces, as it appears that next year’s title contention will once again go through Las Vegas for the third consecutive season.

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