Caitlin Clark’s immense gravity on full display during hilarious moment vs. Cameron Brink, Sparks

Fever star Caitlin Clark is attracting attention at all times

Caitlin Clark commands significant attention no matter where she goes, both on and off the court. But a particular instance in the Los Angeles Sparks’ 88-82 road win versus the Indiana Fever (1-7) illustrates just how much focus is on the rookie phenom.

After making the first of two free throws, Aari McDonald immediately rushed over to guard Clark, not realizing she still had one more shot at the charity stripe. The unusual moment will elicit plenty of “her energy is so strong” posts on social media and add to the legend of this young athlete.

McDonald, who scored a critical 21 points off the bench for the Sparks, did just shoot a technical free throw (penalty was assessed to Clark) immediately prior to the memorable exchange, so one can see how the mistake was made. In any case, opposing defenses continue to be preoccupied with stopping the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft.

And thus far, it seems to be working. Clark is shooting only 37.1 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 15.4 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds in the first seven games of her professional career. The two-time AP Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year and NCAA record-holder is experiencing the immense challenges that come with making the leap to the next level.

Being asked to lead a franchise that has finished last in the Eastern Conference in five of the last seven seasons is surely playing a part in the offensive struggles. Clark is working against a losing tradition that cannot be broken so quickly. Change is gradually taking shape, even as the defeats pile up.

Caitlin Clark sets a career-high vs. Cameron Brink, Sparks

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives past Los Angeles Sparks guard Lexie Brown (4) in the first half at Crypto.com Arena.
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In what was an intriguing rematch from last Friday (Fever earned their first victory, 78-73), the top two selections in April’s draft collided again. Cameron Brink totaled just three points and three rebounds in 24 minutes of action, while Caitlin Clark dropped a career-high 30 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Assuming she can keep Indiana in contests, individual and collective growth will inevitably be achieved.

The Fever have seen multiple opportunities to snag wins slip through their fingers this season. Once they hone their chemistry and gain more experience, the growing pains should ideally translate to success. One losing campaign is unlikely to do much damage to Clark’s aura. She remains the league’s top attraction.

And by the looks of it, the hoopla is spreading to the court. All eyes appear to be on the transcendent talent, even when they are not supposed to be.