The Las Vegas Aces beat the Washington Mystics badly on Sunday in Game 3 of their WNBA semifinals series, 92-75. Aces center Liz Cambage had her way with Emma Meesseman and LaToya Sanders en route to a 28 point performance.
After the game, Cambage said in an ESPN interview “if [the Mystics’ posts] can’t handle it, get in the weight room or get out of the post.”
Express yourself Liz Cambage. @ecambage— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 23, 2019
The pure truth and the audacity to say it...
“If they can’t handle it,get in the weight room or get out of the post”...
I love this..@wnba playoffs. @LVAces pic.twitter.com/aTlbAuQQmk
Cambage is one of the WNBA’s biggest and strongest centers. She also plays a mostly physical, back-to-the-basket game. That’s basically the exact opposite way that Meesseman and Sanders play since they prefer to to play more finesse. On offense, they often shoot from midrange or even further than that.
On the one hand, Cambage is just telling the truth. She played the game to her advantage and the Mystics didn’t on Sunday. But it also didn’t go unnoticed to Mystics guard Natasha Cloud.
She organized a push up club postgame where she and Myisha Hines-Allen went at it!
first, myisha hynes-allen and natasha cloud did pushups pic.twitter.com/fcXnYcecF0— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) September 23, 2019
then cloud came to the defense of latoya, and shatori hit the classic pic.twitter.com/a9pB27ImvJ— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) September 23, 2019
The Mystics had practice on Monday and Cloud held nothing back defending Sanders, the defender who dealt the most with Cambage’s physicality throughout the series.
More from Mystics’ Natasha Cloud on Aces’ Liz Cambage’s “weight room” comments: “When it comes to protecting my teammates, I’m the petty one with the loud mouth. You might see me do some push-ups on the court tomorrow. I’ll take my undersized forward any day of the week.” pic.twitter.com/lyWYPZJRQN— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 23, 2019
Natasha Cloud gets Mystics practice underway by yelling, “Let’s go weight-room crew!!!”— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) September 23, 2019
But let me also remind you that Meesseman took some elbows to the face from Cambage as well. Here’s one she took in Game 2.
We're PRETTY sure you're NOT allowed to do that pic.twitter.com/M4Ll1suqbX— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) September 20, 2019
The playoffs are a time when emotions run high. Teams use anything they can to motivate them. You can definitely expect Washington to make a more concerted effort to control Cambage in Game 4 later tonight. As for the Aces center herself? She’s a bit surprised.
Aces’ Liz Cambage on Mystics’ social media reaction to her “weight room” comments: “Da—, if one sentence is going to get into people’s heads like that, I don’t know. I’m in your head and I’m not even stressed about it.” pic.twitter.com/KNg7hLpR7X— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 23, 2019
Las Vegas Head Coach Bill Laimbeer also took the matter-of-fact approach in regard to Cambage’s statement.
Aces coach Bill Laimbeer on Liz Cambage’s “weight room” comments about Mystics: “She’s correct. She’s big. She’s tall. She’s the biggest player on the inside. Why are people complaining? If you can’t guard her one on one and she overpowers you, okay, that’s basketball.” pic.twitter.com/LMbUtPWWHd— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 23, 2019
The Mystics and Aces already have a rivalry brewing stemming from last year when a game at Capital One Arena was cancelled due to travel delays. Game 4 should be very exciting indeed!