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A’ja Wilson after Aces flop: ‘Don’t need a stat sheet to validate who I am’

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A’ja Wilson is tuning out the haters after the Las Vegas Aces’ 99-61 loss to the New York Liberty on Sunday.

The 2022 WNBA MVP finished with 9 points on 2-of-14 shooting, plus 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. After the game, some WNBA fans took to Twitter to call out the uncharacteristically low numbers from Wilson, with one noting that it “ain’t no MVP performance.”

Wilson, who has been averaging 20.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game so far this season, replied her usual humor.

“1. I see ppl saying I’m concussed .. lol I’m not,” she wrote. “Doc checked me and said I was good! 2. I doubt I’ll ever shoot 2-14 again I pray I don’t lol 3. I’m so tired of ppl talking crazy on my name when it comes to this MVP talk (I knew this game was gonna bring it out of ppl lol) basketball is a GAME ..a game I love. …

“I’m never gonna be perfect at but I’m gonna grow and have fun every time I step foot on that court. That goal post be moving like mug tho.”

Wilson also broke down her performance to reporters after the game, noting that she’s going to “hold myself accountable” and that she hopes to never “shoot like that again.” But a bad game isn’t going to hold her back.

“At the end of the day, I’m (going to) always shoot. I don’t care,” she said. “I’m going to always shoot the basketball because my teammates need that from me. Do I live with this? Of course I’m gonna live with this. I didn’t have it. But when it comes to me, career low or whatever my numbers are looking like, I could care less about that. Because that’s not going to shatter my confidence to continue to shoot that basketball.

“The Aces drafted me in 2018 to shoot that basketball. And I’m going to continue to do that because that’s just who I am. This doesn’t validate me in this league at all. So I”m not going to harp on this at all. I don’t need a stat sheet to validate who I am in this league.”