Superteam battle for the ages is featured in the NBA Finals.

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The defending WNBA Finals champion Las Vegas Aces face off against a New York Liberty team that is vying for its first major title on Sunday, prompting fans of the” superteam” showdown to demand tips off.

Breanna Stewart, the MVP, led the Liberty to the Finals for the first time in 21 years, earning the team the moniker” superteam” after showcasing some of the league’s top talent in the off-season.

As Most Valuable A’ja Wilson led Sin City to a WNBA record of 34 victories last year, the number one Aces lost twice MVP Candace Parker to injury in July.

The superteam narrative this year caused a different level of excitement, according to Rebecca Lobo, an ESPN commentator and former WNBA All-Star.

” This build began in February, and now that we’re in October, it’s the two teams that’ve been attracting attention for the past eight to nine months, especially among non-WNBA fans.”

The marquee Aces-Liberty pairing gave the WNBA its first expansion team since 2008, a San Francisco Bay Area organization, on Thursday, giving the league exactly the buzz it craved. The league had its most-watched regular season in 21 years.


Wilson isn’t in the mood to give up the championship after losing her MVP crown to Stewart when the Aces welcome the Liberty to Las Vegas, where the best-of-five series begins.

According to Lobo, who compared Wilson and Stewart to the bicoastal rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson,” this really could turn into one of those great rivalries.”

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” For one another and their fan bases, they have been an incredible foil.”

Wilson has continued to lead the Aces, who swept Chicago Sky and Dallas Wings in the first two rounds while averaging an astounding 25.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game during the postseason.

Jonquel Jones, a standout post-season MVP from 2021, has helped The Liberty, but they had to face off against the Washington Mystics in the first round before defeating the Connnecticut Sun 3 – 1 in tense semi-final series.

As the Liberty eked out an 87-84 victory over Connecticut in Game 4 according to New York coach Sandy Bronello, relief was her main feeling.

She told the media,” We made a few mistakes, and they made some big shots.” ” You’ll never be able to feel at ease.”

Brondello will face off against Becky Hammon, the Aces’ 2022 Coach of the Year, who led the Phoenix Mercury to the championship in 2014.

Hammon was on the Liberty roster when they last made it to the Finals in 2002. Both All-Stars during their playing careers were the first former WNBA players to take on one another as head coaches.

The chess match has started, according to Brondello. It will be a battle that is fiercely fought. However, we have been put to the test.

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