2023 Commissioner's Cup Preview
On Tuesday, August 15, the WNBA's Commissioner's Cup final will take place, featuring the Las Vegas Aces taking on the New York Liberty. Here is a quick rundown on both teams and the amount of competition they bring up to the table.
Las Vegas Aces
The 2022 Commissioner's Cup and WNBA champions are looking to not only repeat for the Commissioner's Cup game, but for the 2023 WNBA Finals. Featuring a stacked starting lineup of A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young, and Kiah Stokes, this Aces team has only lost a mere three games, which is the best start in franchise history for the organization. With a team making history like this, the Las Vegas Aces are looking to give its challengers a run for its money.
New York Liberty
Enter the New York Liberty, who are also making history with the 2023 edition of the organization. With a record of 24-6, this is the best start in the history of the Liberty franchise, who were one of the original eight teams founded with the creation of the WNBA in 1997. The Liberty have faced the Aces twice this season so far, with both teams winning one game each in the series. The Liberty will play the Aces twice in August, on the 14th and the 17th. With a loaded starting lineup of Breanna Stewart, Sabrina Ionescu, Courtney Vandersloot, Betnijah Laney, and Jonquel Jones, the New York Liberty will not be an easy team to defeat.
What to Expect
Expectations are very high for this year's Commissioner's Cup final. The Aces and Liberty are the two top teams in the league, and they are also the two front-runners to play in the Finals this year. Both teams also have the top two candidates for MVP: A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, who play on the Aces and Liberty, respectively. With both teams having one win each in their series, both teams know what to expect when playing each other. We can predict that this year's Commissioner's Cup final will be a very competitive game, and this will be a game that you do not want to miss.
The New York Liberty play the Las Vegas Aces for the Commissioner's Cup on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023, at 9PM EST in Michelob Ultra Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.