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Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon has been very impressed by her group’s dominant efficiency by way of the primary two video games of the WNBA Finals in opposition to the New York Liberty.
Chatting with reporters after a 104-76 win in Recreation 2 on Wednesday evening, Hammon defined “they’re the actual deal” when speaking about her group’s execution on each ends of the courtroom.
“They do not go away me speechless fairly often, however they executed defensively, offensively shared it,” Hammon mentioned. “Every little thing we have been asking them to do … they’re the actual deal. Their competitiveness and their battle for one another, they’re an actual group.”
The Liberty-Aces showdown was arguably the most-anticipated Finals matchup in WNBA historical past. They have been, by far, the 2 greatest groups in the course of the common season. They have been the one groups with not less than 30 wins.
New York received three of the 5 regular-season conferences between the 2 groups, together with an 82-63 win within the Commissioner’s Cup Last that was Vegas’ solely residence loss.
Each groups steamrolled the competitors within the first two rounds of the playoffs. New York swept the Washington Mystics within the opening spherical and received three straight in opposition to the Connecticut Solar after dropping Recreation 1.
The Aces swept the Chicago Sky and Dallas Wings within the first two rounds of the playoffs. They received these 5 video games by a mean of 14.8 factors.
By way of the primary two video games of the Finals, there was no query who the higher group has been. Las Vegas received the opener 99-82 on Sunday.
The 28-point margin in Recreation 2 was the worst loss for the Liberty since a 100-62 loss to the Sky within the first spherical of the playoffs final season.
Las Vegas is taking pictures 53.7 p.c from the sector (72-of-134) by way of the primary two video games. A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Younger mixed for 73 factors in Recreation 2, practically outscoring the Liberty on their very own.
The Aces will look to shut out the collection and win their second straight WNBA championship in Recreation 3 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.