Natasha Cloud has been had been in the limelight for fighting racism over the years, but her talent is just as impressive. The Washington Mystics star no doubt has been constantly showing her leadership prowess on and off the court. She’s constantly making headlines with her captivating on-court display week in and week out.
Natasha Cloud recently stunned the basketball world as she delivered one of the best performances in the WNBA playoff game. Her recent performance in the playoff game against the Liberty has attracted praise from the entire basketball community.
Who is Mystics star Natasha Cloud?
Natasha Cloud is an American professional basketball player who currently plays guard for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA. She was born on February 22, 1992. Cloud became well-known when she was selected for the AAAA First Team All-State as a senior. In 2012–2013, she earned the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year award and secured a spot on the A10 all-defensive team.
The 15th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, Cloud was selected to play for the Washington Mystics. She played a total of 657 minutes with an average of 19.3 minutes per game as a rookie, starting a number of games throughout her maiden season.
However, she briefly played for Besiktas CT Istanbul in Turkey for a few months before returning to WNBA in 2016. Cloud won her first WNBA championship in 2019. In June 2020, she made the decision to skip the 2020 WNBA season due to concerns about racism and the coronavirus.
Natasha’s best season was in 2022 when she led the league among point guards in assists and was named to the All-Defensive First Team. Since then, she has continued to wow her fans with top-level performances.
LeBron James is stunned with Natasha Cloud’s 33-point performance vs Liberty
As Game 2 of the playoff series between the New York Liberty and Washington Mystics approached, Natasha Cloud made a firm commitment to make life difficult for Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu. After Ionescu’s outstanding performance in Game 1, the Mystics aimed to control her and even out the playoff round.
The Mystics’ passionate guard did more than just limit Ionescu; she also excelled on the offensive side. Cloud’s remarkable performance in Game 2 caught the attention of NBA great LeBron James who tweeted, “Tasha going crazy right now!!!!”
It is rather unfortunate that such personal effort which attracted praise from LeBron James did not win the game for her team. The matchup ended in favor of Liberty, leaving Natasha and her Mystics teammates heartbroken.
Following the game WNBA tweeted, “After beating the Mystics in overtime, the @nyliberty advance to the Semi-finals for the first time since 2015”
Subsequently in a historic achievement for the Mystics, Natsha Cloud became the first player to record at least 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a playoff game. She had a hand in an impressive 53 of Washington’s 85 points, either through scoring or assisting.
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