The last two games Kelsey Plum is averaging 20 points and the Las Vegas Aces have come out with two big wins. Scoring is not the only thing Plum has been great at, she has been getting it done on the defensive end too, coming up with five steals and two blocks.
The Aces being the title favorites needed both wins as they now sit at 4-3 record. The first being against New York Liberty when the Aces blew them out by 35 points in Vegas. Plum in that game put up a stat line of 19 points making her the leading scorer going with six rebounds and three assists.
The second win came down to the wire as Plum drilled a three-pointer with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie it 72-72 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Aces would go on to take the lead for the rest of the game to win it.
Plum would go on to finish the game with five three-pointers, putting up 21 points in total. Plum would also dish out two assists, making Plum responsible for 27 points for the Aces. Plum would also go to add four rebounds with her stat line against Minnesota.
Plum and the Aces looks to stay on fire and get another win against the Washington Mystics on June 20, tipoff is at 10:00 p.m. EST.
In her career against the Mystics, Plum averages 8.7 points, 5.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds per a game. While attempting 2.7 3 pointers per a game while knocking down one per a game of them against the Mystics. Plum is 2-1 vs the Mystics in her career.
If Plum keeps playing like she has in the last two games, she could be buying herself a ticket to play in the WNBA All-star game as voting has just started. The former 2017, first-overall pick is also making a loaded Aces team very unstoppable.
The Aces roster contains All-Star Liz Cambage, A’Ja Wilson, the 2018 first-overall pick and Jackie Young, the 2019 first-overall pick and of course Plum. Defenses have to pick their poison; do they focus on the frontcourt of Cambage and Wilson and let the backcourt of Plum and Young beat you or do they focus on the backcourt of Plum and Young and let the frontcourt of Cambage and Wilson beat you.
We know how dominating a force Cambage can be holding the WNBA single-game scoring record with 53 points. We have seen Plum go off dropping 57 points against Utah in college. Wilson has dropped 30 points on multiple performances in two years in the WNBA, so far. Young is also a great scorer, we have seen her put up 28 points against DePaul.
Vegas is also led by Bill Laimbeer, Laimbeer is two-time WNBA Coach of the Year in 2003 with the former Detroit Shock and recently in 2015 with Vegas. Laimbeer is also a three-time WNBA champion head coach in 2003, 2006 and 2008 with Detroit.
Analyst and former assistant coach at Ball State University Rachel Galligan, tweeted out during Las Vegas win over New York, “I’m having flashbacks of when I had to coach against Kelsey Plum in college… yikes”.
I asked Galligan on a game plan to stop Plum? Galligan replied “I grabbed some popcorn and just enjoyed the show”. WNBA coaches might have to take up this strategy as Plum and the Aces are ready to go win it all and they might not be able to stop them.