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Fever’s Caitlin Clark disappearing late in loss to Sky has fans furious

Social media was abuzz after the latest match between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese on Sunday saw the Fever lose to the Sky after Clark failed to get a shot off until the final minute of the match.

Clark took just two shots in the final seven minutes and the Fever scored just five points.

Clark finished with 17 points and 13 assists, but her lack of shooting late in Indiana’s close 88-87 loss drew much attention.

Caitlin Clark reacts to The Fever’s loss to Sky on June 23, 2024. Getty Images

The No. 1 overall selection in this year’s WNBA Draft told reporters she didn’t think it was a big deal that she didn’t make as many shots late in games.

“Obviously I had one or two chances at the end to take another shot, but I trust my teammates,” Clark said. “Obviously, 13 assists means my teammates scored on 13 of my passes, which is a really good number, so I’m just going to give them the ball every time. Give them a chance to score. I trust them.”

The central question will be why Clark didn’t take shots in key moments on Sunday.

Fever coach Christy Sides also received criticism after the game, seemingly wondering why Clark didn’t take more shots.

“I never want her to not be proactive and take shots.” Said says He then specifically mentioned a moment in the final seconds of the game when the Fever were trailing by one point.

“I thought she’d get the ball on the edge of the goal or pull it up to the right. It would have been a great shot for her and for our team.”

Instead, Clark passed to Christy Wallace, who missed a contested layup.

Christy Sides reacts to the Fever's loss to Sky on June 23, 2024.
Christy Sides reacts to the Fever’s loss to Sky on June 23, 2024. Getty Images

The Fever led by 15 points at the end of the third quarter, but things started to turn around after that.

The loss marked Indiana’s 11th defeat of the season.

But then the buzz around the net was that Clark didn’t take a shot and that the Fever didn’t make any plays specifically to encourage Clark to take a shot, instead focusing on fellow star player Aaliyah Boston.

“As others have said, Caitlin Clark needs to be more selfish in certain situations. I know she’s making the right play, but sometimes you just have to take it!” Former Jets guard Damien Woody wrote: About X.

“Caitlin Clark should have taken the last shot. That’s why she’s there. For those moments. Period.” Robert Griffin III also joined the team..

Griffin added, “On consecutive runs, the Indiana Fever are not putting the ball in Caitlin Clark’s hands when they’re down by two or three points. What are they doing?!”

Sunday’s game marked the last time Clark and Reese will face each other head-to-head until Aug. 30.