WATCH: Aces’ Chelsea Gray Gets Smacked on the Face as Liberty Get Blown Out With a Disheartening Loss

Published 10/09/2023, 10:53 AM EDT

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In a heart-pounding showdown between the Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty during the opening game of the 2023 WNBA championship Finals, fans were on their toes. With the top teams of the league contesting against each other to secure the championship title, an unexpected moment took place.

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In the middle of the match, the Aces star, Chelsea Gray, took a blow to her face. 

Chelsea Gray of the Aces takes a surprising blow to the face 

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In the neck-to-neck match between the Aces and the Liberty during the first game of the best-of-five series of the 2023 WNBA championship Finals. The tension in the match could be felt by the fans as both teams clashed out on the court. In the middle of this heart-pounding match, a moment unfolded which showcased the intensity of the game. 

Marine Johannes of the Liberty took a daring three-point attempt, during the 4th quarter of the match with only 1 minute and 23 seconds left on the clock. The scoreboard displayed the scores of Liberty-82 and Aces-97. However, Johannes missed the shot and the battle for rebound began. Kayla Thornton of the Liberty and Chelsea Gray of the Aces jumped into action, both with the sole purpose of securing the possession. 

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While both of them were trying to secure the possession, Thornton’s hand, what seemed to be unintentional, smacked Gray’s face. Gray was filled with frustration due to this play by Thornton and what happened next shows us the true sportsmanship in the players. As soon as they both landed, Thornton quickly acknowledged her mistake and started apologizing to Gray. Gray, on her part, realized that Thornton didn’t mean to do it and she calmed down. This foul from Thornton resulted in free shots for Gray.

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However, Chelsea Gray might have gotten her face smacked, but in the end, it was Liberty who got smacked with a loss.

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The disheartening loss for the New York Liberty 

The first match of the 2023 WNBA championship Finals series between the Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty took place on October 8th. The Aces, aiming for a back-to-back title to solidify their dynasty, faced off against the Liberty, who wanted to achieve their first-ever championship victory.

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With both the teams giving it their all, the Aces secured the victory with the final score of 99-82. The second game of the best-of-five series will take place on October 11th and fans are eager to know if the Liberty has what it takes to make a comeback.

 

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