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Is Kelsey Plum the unsung hero behind the Aces' incredible six-game winning streak?

“The comeback has to be stronger than the setback.” That is exactly what Chelsea Gray did when she made it to the Las Vegas Aces squad ahead of the game against the Seattle Storm in mid-June. Gray had been out since the middle of the WNBA 2023 Final Championship series against the New York Liberty due to a foot injury and had since then been rehabilitating. Though the Aces won the WNBA 2023 title, they suffered with 6 defeats during her absence in the 2024 season. But her comeback solved most of the problems for the Aces who have been on a 6 game winning streak now. The Aces star Kelsey Plum also reflected on Gray’s re-emergence and their exceptional game from there onwards.

Plum was present during the postgame press conference after dominating the Washington Mystics on Friday. The 29-year-old was asked a flurry of questions out of which one that caught the fancy of many was Gray’s return and the Aces rising up to the occasion since then. Let’s see what she had to say.

Kelsey Plum lauds Chelsea Gray for providing impetus to the Aces

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“Yeah, you know. It’s, it’s one thing I’ve learned in life is uh can’t get too high, can’t get too low. And uh you know, it’s uh this team is built uh, throughout adversity. We’ve done it time and time again,” Plum said in the postgame presser

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What has been the biggest factor in the Aces' six-game winning streak?

Chelsea Gray's comeback

Kelsey Plum's leadership

Team chemistry

Coaching strategy

Plum has been with the Las Vegas Aces since 2017 when the team stood at 12th position in the conference. Therefore, she expounded how the team has re-surged and the credit for the same goes to the coaching staff. Plus, she also opined that “when you win consistently at a very high level, people take it for granted.” Plum must be pointing out the fact that the 2x WNBA Champions had lost a few games that had all the critics raising their fingers at them.

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“So I just think having Chelsea back, being able to be more of a well oiled machine, get in a rhythm…in a flow. And you’re seeing that now and this is the identity. I think that everyone was expecting at the beginning of the year, but you know it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks. It’s about what the locker room is doing, and uh I have a lot of faith in our locker room. And we’re going to be we’re going to be steady,” Plum added.

The Las Vegas Aces lost 6 games when Gray propelled the team to win the next six consecutive games. The Becky Hammon-coached team on Thursday emerged victorious in the match against the Washington Mystics and now the Aces have a 12-6 tally. And a lot of the credit for it goes to Gray.

Chelsea Gray comes to the Las Vegas Aces’ rescue

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Gray has been performing decently well in the team. The Aces already have an alpha in A’ja Wilson. Hence, they were looking for someone who could give more assists to their main players which can help the Aces on the offensive end and Gray has been doing just that. In her maiden WNBA 2024 game against the Storm, Gray gave 7 assists to the Aces, and she backed that up with 5 against the Chicago Sky in June end and the same number against the Washington Mystics on Thursday.

Overall, Gray averages a decent 7.8 points with 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Thus, Gray has been contributing her part to the Aces.

Perhaps, it is this belief in oneself that helps teams come out on top at the end of the day. Hopefully, for the Aces fans, Plum & Co. will perform consistently in the upcoming games and who knows they might also get to the three-peat by the end of the season.

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