The Las Vegas Aces had a lot to say during their 2023 WNBA championship parade, with much of it directed at the New York Liberty.
There was a lot of talking about going for a three-peat, with WNBA Finals MVP A’ja Wilson noting that the Aces are “going to do this s–t again.” The Aces were the first team in 21 years to win back-to-back titles, beating the Liberty in four games.
“We’re going to keep coming back, and everybody hates it,” Kelsey Plum told the crowd at Monday’s parade.
Yet the Aces’ Game 3 loss to the Liberty — their only loss throughout the 2023 playoffs — still sticks out as a source of frustration. In particular, Sabrina Ionescu’s “night night” celebration after hitting a key 3-pointer remains a point of contention. Sydney Colson mimicked the gesture after the Aces’ series-clinching win over the Liberty, and it came up again during the parade.
“They messed up when they went ‘night night,’” Chelsea Gray said. “And Sydney said I’m sitting on that Sabrina!”
Meanwhile, head coach Becky Hammon called out Liberty star Breanna Stewart’s Game 4 stat line, which included her going 3-for-17 from the field while being guarded by Alysha Clark.
“Alysha Clark was my rookie in San Antonio,” Hammon said, to which Clark replied: “Talk about it.”
“3-for-17 is you need to talk about it,” Hammon responded.
Wilson, meanwhile, was focused on her MVP snub, opting to wear a shirt that had the voting numbers on the back. She finished third for the regular-season award behind Stewart and Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas. Wilson also called out the person that voted for her in fourth place, noting that she was going to use it as fuel for next season.
.@_ajawilson22 got the MVP votes and put em on a shirt! Petty A’ja is my favorite A’ja 🤭🔥 pic.twitter.com/boXXiB4o0d— highlightHER (@HighlightHER) October 24, 2023
.@_ajawilson22 got the MVP votes and put em on a shirt! Petty A’ja is my favorite A’ja 🤭🔥 pic.twitter.com/boXXiB4o0d
And at the end of the night, the Aces couldn’t resist getting in one more “night night.”
Night Night, Aces fans 😴#RaiseTheStakes pic.twitter.com/kyIdpiDHzZ— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) October 24, 2023
Night Night, Aces fans 😴#RaiseTheStakes pic.twitter.com/kyIdpiDHzZ