Indiana Fever coach Christie Sides has one critique for star rookie Caitlin Clark.

The Indiana Fever fell to the Chicago Sky on Sunday, losing to their Eastern Conference rivals for the first time this season. Leading by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, Indiana was outscored 24-15 in the fourth quarter, falling by a final score of 88-87.


While there is always much more to a loss than one or two plays, many have pointed to Indiana’s late-game management and play-calling as the reason for this loss. More specifically, critics have pointed to Caitlin Clark not being selected to take either of the final two shots for Indiana, despite having five made threes in the game.

Following the game, Fever head coach Christie Sides confirmed that her final play call that led to an Aliyah Boston missed jump shot was indeed intended for Boston, which only intensified the criticism of this strategy.

While a lot of focus has been placed on that particular play, there was a moment in transition when Clark could have taken a pull-up three, but opted against it. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Sides was honest in her criticism of Clark, saying at times she is too unselfish.

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“I think sometimes she’s being a little too unselfish,” Sides said. “She had 13 assists the other night against Chicago… I think she turns down some shots. I’d like her to take some shots that when she comes off, she knows she has the green light.”

A true point guard, Clark is already one of the best passers in the WNBA, but her head coach would like to see her be more aggressive when it comes to looking for her own shot.