Natasha Cloud has been out here flexing for 48 hours, but her final one was a dagger.
After her Washington Mystics clinched a spot in the WNBA final for a second consecutive season with a 94-90 win over the Las Vegas Aces, the fifth-year guard sent a final unspoken word back to Aces’ star Liz Cambage after she set the series aflame.
Cambage used her post-game interview following the Aces’ game 3 victory, which kept them alive in the best-of-five series, to take a shot at the undersized Mystics guard. She had 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting.
“I just kept settling inside,” the 6-foot-8 Cambage said on ESPN. “They have small forwards guarding me. If they can’t handle it, get in the weight room or get out of the post.”
Cambage arrived in fashion and scored another postseason double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds in game 4, but it didn’t matter as the Aces were eliminated.
Cloud, the most outspoken of the Mystics about the incident, used her moment to literally flex on Cambage’s court and dropped to the floor for push-ups after the final whistle.
One of the more underrated parts of this is how unenthused veteran Kristi Toliver is about this performance.
Cloud flexed her muscles for the media Monday during press availability and even called the team the “weight room crew” during practice. She told Lindsay Gibbs at The Athletic:
“I didn’t hear anything the first two games that we played,” Cloud said. “When Emma [Meesseman] had her 57 points and was asked about what makes her successful, all she said was, ‘My shots go in the basket.’ That’s humility and that’s who we are.”
Meesseman, who took two uncalled elbows from Cambage during the series, had another big night for the Mystics. Cloud, a 5-foot-9 guard who was standing up for Meesseman and 6-foot-3 LaToya Sanders, scored 11 points with six rebounds and nine assists, both tying team highs.
The Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA final beginning on Sunday.
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