Caitlin Clark Downplays Rivalry Aspect of Indiana Fever-Chicago Sky Matchup

With the Indiana Fever playing the Chicago Sky for a third time in June, Caitlin Clark was asked about the rivalry between the two teams. She provided a candid response, saying only the media views it as a rivalry game.
Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark rushes up the court
Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark rushes up the court / Grace Hollars/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Most fans tuning into games between the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky this season would notice a budding rivalry among the two teams. The two games played early in the 2024 season have been tough, physical, nail-biting contests. But rookie Caitlin Clark says the Fever don't really view it as a rivalry — it's just another basketball game.

Clark scored 16 points on Friday night, helping lead the Fever to a 91-79 victory over the Atlanta Dream, the team's fourth consecutive win. After the game, the rookie was asked about Sunday's rivalry matchup against Chicago.

The two teams played last Sunday in Indianapolis, with Indiana posting a 91-83 victory. The Fever also won the first game 71-70 back on June 1.

"I'm pretty sure the only people that view this as a rivalry is all of you (media). Like, for us, it's just a game of basketball. That's what it is," Clark said in the postgame presser. "If it's gonna help move the game forward, absolutely. That's amazing. That's what it should be.

"People talk about it. I mean, I saw the ticket prices. I guess the only thing is I'm surprised we're not playing in the United Center. I thought that would've been really good for the game and really good for all the women's basketball fans in Chicago."

The Fever-Sky "rivalry" was tabbed as such shortly after the 2024 WNBA Draft. In addition to the close proximity between the two teams, Clark and Chicago forward Angel Reese had a small rivalry during their college careers.

It created immediate interest when Clark was selected No. 1 overall by Indiana and Reese was taken by Chicago with the No. 7 pick. Plus, former South Carolina teammates Aliyah Boston (Indiana) and Kamilla Cardoso (Chicago) are wearing opposite jerseys, adding to intrigue.

Maybe Clark and others don't view it as a rivalry game, but the first two games between the two teams have been incredibly entertaining. We're hoping to see more of the same on Sunday.

"I think the two prior matchups have really lived up to what everybody expected," Clark said. "They've been really great basketball games, honestly."

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HOW TO WATCH FEVER-SKY ON SUNDAY: For the third time this season, the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky will meet, this time in the Windy City. There's a fun rivalry building between the two teams, with Caitlin Clark, Aliyah Boston, Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso all on the floor. CLICK HERE

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