Kelsey Plum has struggled to find her during the 2022 postseason. Through her seven previous outings, Plum posted 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game on 39.0 percent shooting from the field and 26.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Postgame media: Kelsey Plum shares how A’ja Wilson inspired her rejuvenated play in Game 2:
A’ja Wilson told Kelsey: “you need to get your *shhh together”… “we need her”
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Any hooper with the kind of pedigree Plum has will tell you that the lid comes off the basket, eventually. Shooters shoot, after all, and you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. That type of mentality Plum undoubtedly had helped the Washington product find her swag back on Tuesday, just two days after she scored just single-digit points for the third time in her playoff career.
“A’ja cussed me out before; that’s all I needed,” Plum joked while being interviewed postgame by Holly Rowe of ESPN.
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The Aces’ 85-71 Game 3 win featured Plum rediscovering her shooting stroke. The 2022 All-Star MVP dropped 20 points and seven assists on 7-13 shooting from the field and 1-6 shooting from beyond the arc, including 11 points in the third quarter. Plum, A’ja Wilson (26 points and 10 rebounds), and Chelsea Gray (21 points, eight assists, and three steals) combined to score 67 points in Game 3.
“It’s about time I joined the party,” Plum told Rowe. “They’ve been carrying us all week, so it’s good to hit some shots, but we got one more.”
Las Vegas will look to complete their sweep of Connecticut on Thursday in Mohegan Sun Arena.