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A’ja Wilson’s cast, explained: Finals MVP played through thumb injury

A'ja Wilson sports a cast on her left hand during the Las Vegas Aces' WNBA championship parade. (Stephen Greathouse/NBAE via Getty Images)

A’ja Wilson’s WNBA Finals run is more impressive than we knew.

The 27-year-old forward has been spotted wearing a hand cast in the days following the Las Vegas Aces’ championship win over the New York Liberty. Wilson, who was named Finals MVP after the Aces’ 3-1 series win, led Las Vegas with 23.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks through nine playoff games.

On Friday, two days after the title-clinching victory, Wilson and her teammates went out to bingo together, as chronicled by guard Sydney Colson on social media. Players sported colorful wigs, but Wilson had an extra accessory: a black cast on her left hand.

Wilson again could be seen in the cast Monday during the Aces’ championship parade on the Las Vegas Strip. While Wilson has not addressed her injury in the wake of the WNBA Finals, teammate Kelsey Plum offered an explanation on her Instagram Stories during the celebration.

“She played with a banged thumb post-All Star…” Plum wrote alongside a photo of Wilson in her cast.

So according to Plum, Wilson played the entire second half of the season with a thumb injury. But she didn’t let that slow her down during the Aces’ run to a second straight WNBA title.