Becky Hammon knows how hard it can be to win, even if the Las Vegas Aces sometimes make it look easy.
As Hammon nears the end of her second season as head coach of the Aces, she still has yet to lose more than two consecutive games. And her team kept that streak alive Thursday, snapping a two-game losing skid with an 84-75 defeat of the Washington Mystics.
For the reigning champions, those two straight losses made reigning WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson feel like “we’ve lost 30 in a row,” she said after the win. Wilson finished with a game-high 26 points.
“Being great every night is hard,” Hammon said. “It’s hard, and they work their butts off every night to put on a great show every night. We’re spoiled watching their greatness.”
Individual players, too, know how hard it can be to win, and they know when they can do a better job. Kelsey Plum wasn’t her best scoring-wise against the Mystics (12 points, 10 assists), but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t still getting the job done – and she’s taking ownership over her struggles leading up to the win.
“For me, I’m better than what I’ve showed for the last seven or eight games,” Plum said. “We’ve had some slippages, and I feel like a lot of that is on me because I have to play the right way.”