Boston Celtics role player sings praises of Caitlin Clark after 41-point outburst in Elite Eight win over LSU

LSU v Iowa
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The Boston Celtics rushed to the locker room to watch the conclusion of Iowa's Elite Eight matchup against LSU to watch the greatness of college basketball's biggest star -- between the men's and women's game -- Caitlin Clark after a 118-104 win over the Charlotte Hornets in the Queen City. The 22-year-old, who broke the all-time Division I scoring record, scored 41 points, dished out 12 assists, and grabbed seven rebounds in the 94-87 win against the team that knocked her off in last year's NCAA Championship game and would draw praise from the C's best three-point shooter, Sam Hauser, after her historic performance.

“Caitlin Clark is stealing the show of basketball, not only in the women’s game but also the men’s game,” Hauser said (h/t The Associated Press). “She’s just really good. And she’s definitely worth the watch.

“I remember UConn dominating for years, but now it's a more even playing field in women's basketball. And (Clark) has just grabbed everyone's interest for sure.”

Boston Celtics should not try to replicate what Caitlin Clark has done for Iowa

Clark is head and shoulders better than her competition. Even when it's a team as star-studded as LSU. The Celtics don't have any stars who can lay a similar claim to that, and the NBA only has two players, Nikola Jokic and LeBron James, who can be considered in that category.

Boston cannot try to emulate what Clark has done for Iowa considering that's what has caused their clutch-time woes in the first place. As great as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are, they have not proven to be able to carry an offense down the stretch. Joe Mazzulla needs to make sure the totality of their talent, at least of their top six players, is game-planned around in these moments.

Clark is one of a kind in her sport. Let her shine in her own way. Boston needs to win with team efforts.