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Sabrina Ionescu had her shoes stolen from Aces’ arena

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Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty won the 2023 Commissioner's Cup final against the Las Vegas Aces. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sabrina Ionescu had her Nike signature Sabrina 1s stolen from the Las Vegas Aces’ arena, she posted Thursday on social media.

“Never thought I would get my shoes stolen from an opposing arena… Please just bring me my insoles back,” the New York Liberty guard wrote on Twitter. “RIP to my Sabrina 1s.”

Ionescu, 25, posted the message alongside two photos of her sneakers, one showing them in Oregon Ducks-inspired green and the other in dark gray. She wore the green shoes in the Commissioner’s Cup championship game against the Aces at Michelob Ultra Arena on Aug. 15, which the Liberty won 82-63.

Both teams took Wednesday off before returning to action Thursday in a regular-season rematch of the Commissioner’s Cup final. When Ionescu showed up to the arena Thursday morning for a shootaround, her shoes were gone.

Arena security staff are working with the Las Vegas police department to investigate the incident, ESPN reported.

Ahead of Thursday’s game, an 88-75 win for the Aces, Liberty coach Sandy Brondello pointed to the insoles of Ionescu’s sneakers as the biggest loss. The insoles were tailored to Ionescu’s feet.

“As an athlete, it’s not about the shoes, per se, it’s about the insoles,” Brondello said. “That’s the thing, going into a game not wearing your insoles. But I’m sure it will be taken care of. Our focus now is just on the game.

“She’s got some [other] shoes here. They travel with enough shoes. It was just about the insoles. Hopefully, they can be found. Keep the shoes, but give the insoles back. She can get plenty of shoes. But we’re on the road, so it’s not like we can just get some insoles.”

Even without her usual insoles, Ionescu finished with 22 points in Thursday’s loss, shooting 6-for-12 from 3-point range. In Tuesday’s win against the Aces, she scored 12 points and added eight rebounds, coming up clutch with three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The 2023 series between the teams stands at 2-2, though the Commissioner’s Cup game doesn’t count toward the regular-season standings. They’ll face off for the final time in the regular season on Aug. 28 in New York.

While the Sabrina 1s are not yet available to the public, they will be released for sale on Sept. 1, at a going price of $130.