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Gray’s Game Vital for Aces’ Championship Push

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It’s safe to say the Point GAWD has blessed the Aces this season with her abilities. Coming to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in the off season, Chelsea Gray has been the floor general that the Aces have needed to make their offense run at peak efficiency. Currently averaging a career high 6.1 assists, Gray has been helping players get open looks and elevate the team to new heights. Individually, Gray is also having one her best seasons yet.

When Gray is in the game, she expertly controls the offense when running sets. She’s one of the best ball handlers and passers in the league, making her one of the best pure point guards across the W. Her passing skills are like no other. Gray has cut down on her turnovers this season and improved her assists. She recently set a new career high in assists with 14 in the last game against the Minnesota Lynx. She always finds a way to find the open pass, sometimes making the seemingly impossible play.

At any given time, Gray can pick apart a defense on her own with her high basketball IQ. She is always thinking ahead of her opponents, seeing things that they can’t.

Gray in Gold

Gray’s impressive play earned her a spot on this year Olympic squad. This was the first time in her career that she was named an Olympian. She played well for the USA Women’s National team averaging 7.3 points and 3.1 assists. Her contribution was key to team USA bringing home another gold medal.

Clutch Chelsea

Multiple times this season, Gray has made clutch plays to help the Aces win. In the June 27 matchup against the Seattle Storm, Gray caught fire in the fourth quarter and the overtime period to lead Vegas to victory. She was able to take over the game offensively with her scoring and passing. She had two big possessions late into the overtime period. Gray was able to give the Aces the lead getting fouled on a made shot, converting the and-one. Next possession, Gray came down court, hit Breanna Stewart with a lethal crossover and sank the dagger. Gray ended the game with 21 points and seven assists.

In their first game after the Olympic break, the Aces were up against the Washington Mystics in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the end. Once again, Gray came through once again for the Aces during crunch time. Down one, Gray received a solid screen from A’ja Wilson, giving her the space needed to hit the game-winning shot with 4.6 seconds left.

Gray is one of the most clutch players in the league. She has been able to be that veteran leader for the Aces as well. So far, she has looked liked the missing piece the Aces needed to win a WNBA Championship. Being a former champion with the Sparks, Gray knows what it takes to win a championship and can use what she knows to help the Aces get their first as a franchise.

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