Is Temi Fagbenle playing tonight against Chicago Sky? Exploring status of Indiana Fever forward

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Is Temi Fagbenle playing tonight against Chicago Sky? Exploring status of Indiana Fever forward

Indiana Fever forward Temi Fagbenle continues to be out with a foot injury and will not play against the Chicago Sky on Sunday. As per Indiana coach Christie Sides, she is up for a re-evaluation in the upcoming days. This will be the two teams' second WNBA game this season, as the Fever got a narrow 71-70 win at home on May 31.

Temi Fagbenle hasn’t played since May 29 when Indiana lost 88-82 to the LA Sparks. The forward had six points, seven rebounds, one steal and a block in the loss. Besides Fagbenle, the Fever will also be without Damiris Dantas. She has been dealing with an ankle injury and hasn't featured in a game yet in 2024.

All games involving Indiana and the Sky receive more attention as they place Caitlin Clark against Angel Reese. They are arguably two of the most popular rookies in recent WNBA history with well-documented NCAA rivalry. After Clark got one over Reese in the two teams’ first game of the regular-season series, it will be interesting to see how the Chicago forward responds.

What happened to Temi Fagbenle?

Fagbenle sustained a left foot injury in the game against the Sparks. She was anticipated to miss two to three weeks at the time, so it's very likely that she will return to the team soon.

Before going down with the injury, she played in eight games and started two of them. She averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 blocks in 23.6 minutes. The Fever went 1-7 in those games.

How to watch Chicago Sky vs Indiana Fever?

The Chicago Sky vs Indiana Fever game is scheduled for noon EDT on Sunday, June 16, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast live on CBS. It won’t be streamed live on WNBA League Pass but will be available on demand after the game ends.

The Fever are 2.5-point favorites, so expect a close game just like the previous encounter.

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