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Locked On Celtics is a daily Boston Celtics podcast by Boston Sports Journal beat writer John Karalis. It's an inside look at the C's from a former professional basketball player who is at practices & games. Hear from players, call in to the voicemail line, and hear from some great guest hosts. It's the #1 podcast choice for Celtics fans. Part of the Locked On Podcast network.

Jaylen Brown is an All Star, Kelly Olynyk trade...
Jaylen Brown is officially an All-Star and Kelly Olynyk's name has surfaced in Boston Celtics trade rumors. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a look at how far Brown has come this season and then explains the things other media outlets aren't telling you about the Kelly Olynyk rumors that have surfaced. Plus, an interview with Sam Pollard, director of the new documentary "Bill Russell: Legend," releasing on Netflix on February 8.
37 min
Boston Celtics dominate Brooklyn Nets in wire-t...
The Celtics put together as complete a game as you'll see in the NBA, coming out to a 30 point first quarter lead and basically crusing the rest of the way behind big nights from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is basking in the glow of a win the Celtics needed and discussing the second quarter stretch where Boston decided they were not giving back the lead. Plus, Robert Williams had an important contribution, as did Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon.
31 min
Fixing Boston Celtics offense, Jayson Tatum's m...
The Boston offense has taken a dip recently, and there's one place no one has talked much about that could be the key to fixing it all. Plus, Jayson Tatum is playing a ton of minutes, and Brad Stevens and Joe Mazzulla say the minutes aren't that big of a problem if he's resting enough. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal disagrees with that, in part, becasue there aren't many opportunities to rest. All that, plus, people asking about specific players like Saddiq Bey and Jarred Vanderbilt in a quick mailbag.
35 min
Boston Celtics trade rumor buzz, Joe Mazzulla c...
Joe Mazzulla is going to be the head coach of Team Giannis in the All Star game, which is a nice moment that he should celebrate. Plus, the officials union tweeted an apology about the LeBron James foul, which has John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal pissed off. John and Tom Westerholm discuss those things before getting into some of the names the Celtics could be pursuing at the deadline, like Jakob Poeltl, Alec Burks, PJ Washington, and more. Plus, one tricky little tool at Brad Stevens' disposal that could be a creative use of his traded player exceptions.
43 min
Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, Jaylen Brown's r...
The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime, but it probably doesn't get to that point if the refs call a foul on LeBron James' drive. But the Lakers reaction to the foul is hysterical high drama, and it makes the way the game ended almost worth it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, Jaylen Brown's immediate shot at redemption, Malcolm Brogdon being brilliant, and Joe Mazzulla smartly using his timeouts at the end of the game.
44 min
Little things ignored in 3rd straight Celtics l...
The Boston Celtics have now lost 3 straight games, partly because they didn't do the "small, boring things" necessary to win. Plus, Jalyen Brown struggled in this one, and admitted as much. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses those things, why the numbers show Jaylen should change his shot profile a little to maximize his strengths, and why Joe Mazzulla scored a couple of points in the debate over his timeouts.
37 min
Joe Mazzulla managing Boston Celtics minutes, J...
The Celtics went through a tough weekend in Florida, and while Joe Mazzulla didn't have many options to limit his guys' minutes due to injuries, he had ways to try to get guys fresh for the stretch run, including using extra timeouts as getting guys an extra minute off their feet. But John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal thinks Mazzulla gets too absorbed in the final minutes of close games, and doesn't separate himself from the game enough. John and Tom Westerholm discuss that and the Jayson Tatum turnover, including why he makes different decisions when he's tired, and why it leads to him approaching the play with more of a scorer's mentality than a passer's one.
38 min
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum miss an opportunit...
The Celtics looked like they were going to get out of Miami with a win, but Bam Adebayo and the Heat had other ideas. The Celtics gave up a 15-0 fourth quarter run and watched a 10 point lead turn into a 5 point deficit in a hurry. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is in Miami to discuss what should have been a celebration of big games by Jayson Tatum and Derrick White, but turned into an examination of what went wrong down the stretch. Plus, why it's okay Joe Mazzulla didn't call a timeout, what Tatum saw before his turnover, the overall minutes load being an issue, and an update on Marcus Smart's status.
27 min
Boston Celtics lose to Orlando AGAIN, but they'...
The Celtics didn't have Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, or Malcolm Brogdon but they probably still should have beaten Orlando. They had their chances but Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown didn't get much help, and Brown had a tough second half... especially the stretch where Tatum had to leave the game. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the game, gives Orlando credit where credit is due, and then explains how the team has alrady moved on from this loss... and why that's okay.
28 min
Payton Pritchard's value, a championship-level ...
Payton Pritchard was really good in Toronto, and it raises the question once again of whether the Celtics should keep him or be open to moving him at the deadline. Plus, the win over the Toronto Raptors was impressive -- is it the mark of a championship team, or is it is just a nice win? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss those topics and then get into whether the win over the Raptors was product of a pivotal turning point after the loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
35 min
Boston Celtics dig deep, steal win over Toronto...
Not only did the Celtics not have Jayson Tatum, they lost Robert Williams, Marcus Smart, and Derrick White against the Toronto Raptors. Luckily, Malcolm Brogdon, Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, and the bench stepped up to help Jaylen Brown and steal a win! John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has all that, two key moments that helped seal this win, and some moments from Joe Mazzulla that almost cost them the win.
16 min
Boston Celtics struggle, but beat Steph Curry, ...
It wasn't easy, Jayson Tatum was cold for most of the game and Jaylen Brown was forcing things, but Al Horford, Robert Williams, and Marcus Smart helped the Celtics stay close until the Jays snapped out of their funk to beat the Warriors. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the game, how the Celtics really struggled to put the game away in regulation, and why the chaos Golden State brings keeps teaching the Celtics valuable lessons.
33 min
Jaylen Brown returning? Payton Pritchard rumors...
Jaylen Brown showed up at Celtics practice on Wednesday and looked like he was close to returning. Plus, there rumors that the Golden State Warriors are poking around about Payton Pritchard. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into those stories and then dives into the mailbag for questions about the odds the Celtics make a move, the biggest challenges the Celtics will face in the NBA, looking for Rob more on lobs, and comparing Grant Williams and Glen Davis. Also, a word on Draymond Green's accusations that Celtics fans used racial slurs against him during the NBA Finals.
35 min
Boston Celtics-Jakob Poeltl trade rumors, and f...
The Boston Celtics have been linked to San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, supposedly expressing significant interest in a trade, but are they really, or are they just being used to pump up the price again? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm get into the trade rumor and why it probably doesn't make sense for the Celtics to pursue Poeltl. Then they get into the discussion of Robert Williams, and who might be the four around him if he's moved into the starting 5.
38 min
Jayson Tatum scores 51 points, Boston Celtics w...
Jayson Tatum scored 51 in Boston's win over the Charlotte Hornets, even though the game wasn't really as easy as it could have been. A lot of guys, like Derrick White, Malcolm Brogdon, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, and Luke Kornet played a nice role in the win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the win, how Tatum was able to get the 51 without chasing it, and why it's funny that we sort of believed Joe Mazzulla a little bit when he said he might not start Rob.
37 min
Robert Williams saves Boston Celtics, Jayson Ta...
For a quarter and a half, it looked like the Celtics were in trouble in Charlotte. But then Robert Williams made some incredible hustle plays and turne the game around. Jayson Tatum and Malcolm Brogdon made sure the effort wasn't wasted. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses how the effort turned things around, why this might be a signal that Boston has gotten past their spiral of bad performances against bad teams, and then gets into the growing problem of Sam Hauser's play.
32 min
Boston Celtics role players step up on Jayson T...
With Jaylen Brown out with a groin injury and Al Horford sitting on the back-to-back, it seemed like Jayson Tatum's time to put on a show against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets (without Kevin Durant). But Tatum had an off night, and it was up to everyone else to step up. John Karalis discusses how they all did, from Derrick White to Malcolm Brogdon, to Payton Pritchard, and Luke Kornet. Plus, Joe Mazzulla said the team would be judged on their reaction to a bad loss, so we'll do that!
30 min
Jaylen Brown (41 pts) plays a perfect game, Bos...
Tatum and Brown combined for 72 points and 22 rebounds, but Jaylen Brown's 41 came about as perfectly as you can expect from him. Al Horford loved how Brown attacked, and so did John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal. John explains why Brown's mindset was right from the beginning and how his first 3 quarters combined with Tatum's 4th to close out a good game against a tough Pelicans team that got a big performance from CJ McCollum. But even though those guys had a great night (and got 20 from Malcolm Brogdon), John says this was actually a great team win.
32 min
Boston Celtics trade, buyout possibilities at h...
The trade deadline is only a few weeks away, and the Celtics have tools to make deals between now and then. Where do they stand halfway through the NBA season? Can the Celtics find more help for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown? Will it cost them Payton Pritchard? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Keith Smith of Spotrac discuss the tools at Brad Stevens' disposal and what seems most likely.
43 min
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum (32 pts) grind out...
The Celtics led for most of the game against the Bulls, and Jayson Tatum scored 32 points, but Chicago kept making runs. Their late run behind Zach Lavine and Nikola Vucevic nearly stole the game, but the Celtics never lost their composure and they found a way to grind out a win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the game, the big (and bad) performances, and why grinding out wins like this is good for the team.
28 min
Time to play Robert Williams more, adjust expec...
Robert Williams is playing pretty well, and even though there's an adjustment period, he needs to start playing more. He seems to be on a minutes limit, even though he officially seems to be off any restrictions (but Joe Mazzulla loves semantics, so who knows). Either way, Jayson Tatum says he wants to play with Rob more, so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm believe Rob will end up starting soon enough. Plus, a real conversation about adjusting our expectations about the Celtics when it comes to them facing bad teams.
38 min
Boston Celtics beat San Antonio Spurs, but toug...
The Celtics looked good for a little while against San Antonio, thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but then they started to get away from what worked. Luckily, Robert Williams and Malcolm Brogdon were awesome and bailed Boston out. They let the Spurs back into the game, and San Antonio felt like they were one shot away from winning, but they never could get that shot to fall. John Karalis gets into all of that, and why we should probably recalibrate our expectations in games like this.
23 min
Jayson Tatum triple double gets Boston Celtics ...
The Celtics needed to bounce back after the OKC loss and they did it in a big way against Dallas and Doncic. Tatum dropped a triple double, the bench stepped up (thanks to a challenge from Joe Mazzulla), and while the coach enjoyed the win, he wants to see more. So does John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal who has all that and more from Dallas.
26 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Dallas Mavericks measur...
Time to cleanse the palate a bit after that loss to the OKC Thunder so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is opening up the mailbag (submit at JohnKaralis.com/mailbag) to answer questions about Payton Pritchard, a measuring stick game against the Mavs (it's not... it's another team that's more of a measuring stick), making a trade, walking the ball up the floor, and more.
31 min
Boston Celtics take OKC Thunder lightly, get em...
The Boston Celtics actually started out the game against the Thunder well enough, but then they got crushed in the second and third quarters on their way to giving up 150 points and taking the worst L of the season. It was the third quarter that really got John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal, who gets into how the game devolved and why the loss showed a lack of humility, respect, and appreciation for the situation. Plus, what the hell is wrong with Malcolm Brogdon and the bench?
31 min
Jaylen Brown should be Player of the Week, Bost...
The more we look at the Denver Nuggets game, the more we can say that game was mostly Boston not playing well and making decisions that they don't normally make. Robert Williams was added to the injury report after the game, though, which John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm address to start the podcast. Then, Kristaps Porzingis was named East POTW, but it should have been Jaylen Brown, who has been awesome lately. Also, a little about the Celtics recent shooting skid.
35 min
Boston Celtics lose to Nikola Jokic, Denver Nug...
Nikola Jokic dropped a 30/12/12 triple double on the Celtics, and it started with the bad decision to start doubling him early. That led to some bad play from the Celtics (not Jaylen Brown, he was awesome) that got Denver's role players open shots. Then the bad luck kicked in when Denver got scorching hot while the Celtics couldn't buy a bucket. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and the most hilarious thing he's seen in a basketball game, which came after a ridiculous 40 minute delay due to a bad rim.
31 min
Boston Celtics win 4th straight; Marcus Smart, ...
The Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game Thursday night with a very fun win over the LA Clippers. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each scored 29, but Marcus Smart might have been their best player, pushing the pace, getting a bunch of assists, and then scoring when the passing lanes closed down. The othe role players were great, too, and the defense was really good, allowing the Celtics to win a game where they shot terribly from 3. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that, Brown's cutting opening up his offense, and lessons Joe Mazzulla can learn from this game.
32 min
Will Robert Williams eventually start for the B...
I know this seems like a no-brainer to most of you (us too), but Joe Mazzulla suggested that the Celtics might not end up starting Robert Williams once he's fully recovered. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss Rob's best game since returning from his surgery, the little plays that signal big things, and whether Mazzulla has a point, or if he's just being a contrarian challenging our preconceived notions of what should happen.
34 min
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum combine for 76 in ca...
The Celtics pulled off a classic good team vs. bad team game where they tried to shoot their way to a win and then later figured out it would take a little more effort than that. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were awesome on their way to 76 combined points, but as John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains, they were able to do it all in a casual sort of way. Plus, why they're now the measuring sticks for young players around the league, and the evidence from this game that paint touches = good.
30 min
Brad Stevens State of the Celtics, evaluating J...
Brad Steven held a media availability on Friday to discuss the state of the Celtics, Joe Mazzulla's progress and how he's been doing as the interim head coach, why he still has that tag, and more. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that as well as the odds that Stevens does someting to add to the roster at the trade dealdine.
41 min
Jayson Tatum scores 41, Boston Celtics blow out...
The Celtics and Bucks were in a tight one on Christmas Day, but Jayson Tatum went off for 20 in the third quarter and then Jaylen Brown carried things in the fourth to lead the Celtics to huge win. The defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo was great, led by Al Horford and Grant Williams. Tatum and Brown let the game come to them and didn't force anything. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that and why the Bucks visit to Boston came at just the right time.
32 min
Jaylen Brown scores 23 in fourth quarter, Bosto...
The Boston Celtics were aggressive, scoring almost half their points in the paint to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jaylen Brown had 36, 23 in the fourth quarter to carry the Celtics, but it was Derrick White setting the tone and being the best player to start the game. Jayson Tatum carried the third, and as John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says, the lesson out of this game should be that attacking should be the first priority, and it can even save them from a bad shooting night.
15 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Derrick White's issues,...
We open the mailbag to answer a lot of questions in this one: Desperation leading to problems? Pacers mess kickstart motivated defense? Derrick White's issues? Al Horford not playing the same? Good shots? super-talented slackers vs. hardworking scrubs? Clutch Player of the Year? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has all the answers for you. Questions can be submitted at JohnKaralis.com/mailbag.
37 min
Boston Celtics lose again... what's going on?
What on earth is going on with the Celtics. This was supposed to be a spot in the schedule where they piled up wins. Instead, they're stacking up losses. They got down by 30 to the Pacers before making a furious comeback, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the big picture of what's going on, what's going wrong, and how to snap out of it.
34 min
Boston Celtics giving away points & crossover p...
The Boston Celtics are giving away points, and the ways they're doing it are starting to add up. Their love for the 3-pointer is part of why they're getting the ball stolen from them more often. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how that's leading to massive point swings and making things more difficult. Then, John and Tony East of the Locked on Pacers preview link up to talk about why the Pacers are better than expected and the Malcolm Brogdon trade (AND AARON NESMITH!)
33 min
Stats dive into Boston Celtics struggles & deci...
Why was Grant Williams inbounding the ball at the end of the loss to the Orlando Magic? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks down what he saw before diving into the numbers over the past 8 games to see exactly what's going wrong. Plus, people are getting worked up about Joe Mazzulla's postgame comments but they have to be taken with a grain of salt.
35 min
Boston Celtics go ice cold, lose to Orlando Mag...
The Boston Celtics were ice cold from 3 once again, and they again lost at home to the Orlando Magic. They didn't have Jayson Tatum and they are still working Robert Williams back into the lineup, but they are starting to show signs of the bad play they displayed in the past. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that and a look at just how bad some of the shooting has gotten ... and the choice the Celtics have to make to get back on track.
34 min
Robert Williams looks good, rest of Boston Celt...
Robert Williams made his Celtics season debut on Friday night and looked pretty good against Orlando (minus some early rust and jitters). Too bad the rest of the Celtics didn't look quite as good. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was not surprised by gross game, but is very happy with how Rob looked in 17 minutes.
19 min
Robert Williams returning Friday & Boston Celti...
Robert Williams is getting ready to make his season debut on Friday night according to ESPN. What will that return look like, and what can Celtics fans expect? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm explain why even though Rob is coming back, "TimeLord" is probably still a few weeks away. Plus, a new report says the Celtics are not active on the trade market yet, but John and Tom say that shouldn't be a surprise.
36 min
Boston Celtics successful road trip, Jaylen Bro...
The Boston Celtics had some tough games, but they ultimately come home having been successful on a brutal 6-game road trip. Jaylen Brown showed some elite scoring, Jayson Tatum shows he has another level to unlock, the Cetlics threw us a curveball with Robert Williams, and more. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that and how this road trip will prepare them for a rough January schedule.
39 min
Boston Celtics collapse, recover, and beat the ...
The Boston Celtics were cruising and up 20 when they relaxed and the Lakers went on a huge run. Then the Lakers got up 13 and the Celtics went on a huge run to tie the game and force OT, where they went on another big run to win the game. Jayson Tatum dropped 44 and Jaylen Brown had 25. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains exactly why the game flowed the way it did, has some praise for Jaylen and Jayson, and gets into why building an ugly sandcastle is just fine.
31 min
Boston Celtics in a funk after losing to Los An...
The Celtics are hitting some adversity now after consecutive losses to the Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Clippers. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown couldn't pull them out of it in Los Angeles, Blake Griffin got picked on defensively, and Kawhi Leonard had the best game of his season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and the infuriating reactions to the officiating... again.
31 min
Warriors loss a good lesson for Boston Celtics,...
38 min
Boston Celtics try too hard in Golden State, ge...
The Celtics didn't look great in Golden State. In fact, they look a lot like they did at the end of the Finals, but Jaylen Brown admitted that they played tense and like they had this game circled for a long time. Jayson Tatum had maybe his worst game of the season, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal thinks they tried TOO hard, and fell into some bad habits that cost them (except for Brown, who was awesome). Also, Joe Mazzulla's insistence on playing Blake Griffin and their drop coverage was a problem.
23 min
Boston Celtics have the winning attitude, plus ...
The Boston Celtics have developed a winning attitude, which comes from their loss in the Finals, individual growth from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Browm, and their head coach Joe Mazzulla. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the Celtics mentality that is fueling this run, then take a look ahead to the Warriors game on Saturday Night.
33 min
Boston Celtics blow out Phoenix Suns, send mess...
The Celtics led Phoenix by as many as 45 in Chris Paul's return, even with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown having good but not awesome nights. Grant Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White, and Blake Griffin all had nice contributions in a game where the C's sent a message to the league thanks to their third quarter performance. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains all that, and then gets into how the team is fully buying into Joe Mazzulla, and why this season is all geared towards getting four wins.
31 min
Blake Griffin's impact, a plan for Robert Willi...
Blake Griffin is like an old cell phone, says John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal. He explains how with Tom Westerholm before getting into a plan for Robert Williams' return that could have him back on the floor in Boston against Orlando. Plus, is there a way for Marcus Smart to make the All Star team? John has a rant about why he'd really like to see that happen.
44 min
Boston Celtics halftime choice leads to big 3rd...
The Boston Celtics didn't look good through the first half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, and they could have used the back-to-back or missing players excuses to pack it in. But instead, they made a choice at halftime and it led to a huge third quarter turnaround. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that choice and the big individual performances. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart were the big performers, but Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet, and Blake Griffin played big parts too.
31 min
Jaylen Brown has All-NBA performance, Boston Ce...
Jaylen Brown had an incredible night against the Brooklyn Nets. His All-NBA level performance on both ends of the floor helped the Celtics get their first defense-fueled win of the season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss Brown's performance, the improved defense ahead of Robert Williams' return, and then wonder if there's a blueprint developing for how to defend the Celtics?
35 min
Boston Celtics humbled in loss to Miami Heat, 5...
The Boston Celtics came back down to earth a bit in their overtime loss to the Miami Heat. They turned the ball over way too much and they gave up too many offensive rebounds on a night where Jayson Tatum just didn't have it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the Celtics took Miami's bait and paid for it in the fourth quarter and OT.
20 min
Boston Celtics give Al Horford 2 yr/$20 mil ext...
The Boston Celtics have given Al Horford a 2 year, $20 million extension, assuring he'll be in Boston until he's 39. Meanwhile, Robert Williams is back to 5-on-5 scrimmaging and closing in on a return. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss what those things mean to the Celtics, and then turn their focus to the second Miami Heat game, where the Celtics might do one thing Friday night that they didn't do on Wednesday.
36 min
Jayson Tatum scored 49, Boston Celtics offense ...
Jayson Tatum had it going from the first possession, and when it was over, he dropped 49 on the Miami Heat. The Celtics defense was lacking and it let a lot of Miami role players get hot, but when the Celtics needed a bucket, that high-powered offense came through, even against the Heat zone defense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal goes through it all, including Jaylen Brown's big game even with foul trouble, and also the Celtics hilarious reaction to Prince Williams and Kate Middleton being courtside
26 min
What makes the Boston Celtics offense so elite?
The Celtics offense is putting up monster numbers. They are the types of numbers that are hard to comprehend. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss what makes this offense so good and why any regression might not be as dramatic as some people think. Plus, a bit about the Kornet Contest, and where Sam Hauser would go in a re-draft.
40 min
Boston Celtics blowout Hornets by 35, Blake Gri...
The Boston Celtics destroyed the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night 140-105 for their 4th straight win and 13th in 14 games. Jayson Tatum had a casual 35, feasting on the soft Hornets rim defense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win, the ridiculous offensive numbers, the great vibes that show the focus of this team, and Blake Griffin (and Malcolm Brogdon) as important vets in the locker room for this team in particular.
28 min
Jaylen Brown drops 36, Boston Celtics win 12 of...
Jaylen Brown dropped 36 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards without Jayson Tatum. The Celtics got a lot of help from almost everyone on the roster, especially the bench (well, up until the 4th quarter). John Karalis gets into Brown's big game, Luke Kornett proving the Celtics front office right, Al Horford's hot shooting leading to layups, and how this game showed how far Brown and Marcus Smart have come as Boston Celtics.
30 min
Payton Pritchard saves Boston Celtics with dram...
It looked like the Celtics were going down a similar road they traveled in Chicago, where they were dominating early but then got too cute and let the other team go off. The Celtics went up 16 but were outscored by 20 after that -- until Payton Pritchard checked into the game and the energy shifted dramatically. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains what he saw first hand with the Garden crowd in that moment. Plus, the downside to the game, including the Celtics continuing to get too worked up about the officiating.
28 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 68 in wi...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both had MVP-level performances in their win against the Dallas Mavericks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about how they both got to their big point totals, how the Celtics were able to mostly limit the damage Luka Doncic inflicted, and the big bounceback games from the supporting cast. Plus, it's pretty clear this team's identity is on the offensive, not defensive end.
32 min
Are Boston Cetlics playing Al Hoford, Jayson Ta...
Things are going pretty well for the Celtics right now, even with the loss to Chicago. But are they playing with fire when it comes to how many minutes they're playing their guys. Al Horford is getting some time off, but he's playing big minutes in games. Jayson Tatum said he's been told to take games off but refused. Jaylen played more than anyone in Chicago and has been logging big minutes. Is there a plan to back off later? Is this a concern at all? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss.
36 min
Boston Celtics streak snapped, but there's a si...
The Celtics took the Chicago Bulls lightly and it cost them. The Celtics lost in Chicago again and their winning streak is snapped at 9, but there's a silver lining to all of this. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the mistakes the team made, a historically bad night for Al Horford, the turnover issues (again, especially with Jaylen Brown), and what the silver lining is for Boston.
33 min
Boston Celtics offense, winning without Tatum's...
The Boston Celtics are on a 9 game winning streak, and they've been doing it without Jayson Tatum's best games. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses some of the numbers behind their big streak, their amazing offense, how they're making up for Tatum not carrying the offensive load, and Jaylen Brown's assist binge.
31 min
Boston Celtics win 9th straight game, but it wa...
The Celtics won their 9th straight game, beating the New Orleans Pelicans but not without a fight. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was inside Smoothie King Center and has more on the team showing poise after it was its own worst enemy, the calming force that was Derrick White, and why Joe Mazzulla has a point about not calling timeouts, but it's still not a good enough reason.
16 min
Can Boston Celtics make it 9 straight wins in N...
The Boston Celtics are on a big roll, and they're hoping to make it 9 straight wins after their matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is in New Orleans for a crossover episode with Locked On Pelicans host Jake Madison to discuss the game and what makes each other's teams tough to beat.
39 min
Derrick White, Boston Celtics bench, step up fo...
The Celtics were missing Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum had his worst shooting and scoring night of the season, Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble, and the Celtics STILL blew the doors off the Atlanta Hawks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the Celtics were still able to get the blowout win and why Derrick White was the best player on the floor for Boston. Plus, let's give Joe Mazzulla his flowers.
31 min
Jayson Tatum MVP leader | Marcus Smart apprecia...
New odds show Jayson Tatum taking the early lead as the betting favorite in the MVP race. What does that really tell us about the Celtics? Plus, Marcus Smart is playing great basketball right now, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm take the opportunity to appreciate him a bit. Also, the Celtics 4th quarter defense is really good... why is it so bad the rest of the game?
42 min
Derrick White, Payton Pritchard boost Boston Ce...
The Boston Celtics are the hottest team in the league, and after a not-so-pretty win over the OKC Thunder, they're the best team in the league with an 11-3 record. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how Derrick White and Payton Pritchard woke up the sleepwalking Celtics in the third and completely changed the energy and how Marcus Smart was the savior in the fourth. Plus, Jayson Tatum's questionable technical foul, Grant Williams needs to chill after he got another tech, and more.
34 min
Mailbag: Who starts for Boston Celtics when Rob...
With the Celtics traveling back to Boston for Monday Night's game vs OKC, it's time to dip back into the mailbag for questions about Robert Williams' return and the impact on the lineups, and the few different ways it can go for Boston. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the possibilities and answers questions about Sam Hauser's opportunity, keeping Payton Pritchard, the Cleveland Cavaliers getting better, and ballin' in sweatpants.
32 min
Jayson Tatum drops 43, carries Boston Celtics t...
The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons were a whole lotta blah in the first half of their game Saturday night, but Jayson Tatum went off in the second half, dropping 43 points to carry the Celtics to a 117-108 win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses Tatum's night, Grant Williams having a great game in 45 minutes of play, and Marcus Smart continuing his point guard wizardry in 43 minutes.
16 min
Boston Celtics win 5th straight, get MVP perfor...
The Boston Celtics have now won five straight games thanks to their win over the Denver Nuggets. Tatum played at an MVP level, Jaylen Brown was just about as good, Al Horford was hitting everything and Payton Pritchard made a big contribution with Malcolm Brogdon out. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and how Grant Williams and the Celtics defense was able to limit how much damage Nikola Jokic was able to inflict.
19 min
Grant Williams timid as a starter? Sam Hauser i...
It's only been two games, but the difference between Grant Williams on offense as a starter and as a reserve has been pretty stark. Yes, he's taken on some big defensive assignments, but he's nowhere near as aggressive on offense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that before dipping into the mailbag for questions about Marcus Smart's All-Star chances, Joe Mazzulla dropping the interim tag, and Sam Hauser's impact on other teams... and whether he can finish games.
38 min
Boston Celtics win 4th straight, 85 combined po...
The Celtics started off like a good team in a trap game, but they snapped out of the early funk thanks to Jaylen Brown going off early, Sam Hauser getting hot, and Jayson Tatum going supernova in the third quarter and second half overall. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about all that, Marcus Smart's continued great point-guarding, and how the Celtics offense is being brilliantly run to get some really open Sam Hauser 3-pointers.
32 min
Boston Celtics evaluation: Who will regress? An...
After 10 games, the Celtics are 7-3 with the league's best offense and a meh defense. Where do they stand at this point? Are there any outliers? Who is due for a regression? Who moves to the bench when Robert Williams comes back? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that ... and ... did Joe Mazzulla send a message to Marcus Smart in the Bulls game that spurred these last two brilliant games?
38 min
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart brilliant in Boston ...
It wasn't as smooth finish, but the Celtics were able to get their third-straight win thanks to brilliant performances by Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. Tatum out-dueled Ja Morant, showing how he's leveled-up this season. Smart played perfectly for the second straight game. And the Celtics defense is showing real signs of improvement. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and why he's impressed by Jaylen Brown, even though he had a bad game overall.
32 min
Robert Williams back soon? How he fixes Boston ...
Robert Williams is talking like a guy who might be coming back in the not too distant future. He's two weeks away from the early end of his 8-12 week timeline, and things seems to be going well. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss how Rob will help fix the Celtics defensive problems and how he solves a lot when it comes to the closing lineups. Plus, why Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart are perfect in their current roles, so no one should want to change what's working.
35 min
Boston Celtics set team 3-point record, beat Ne...
The Boston Celtics set a team record, hitting 27 3-pointers on their way to a 133-118 win over the New York Knicks. Everyone who played hit one, Tatum and Brown had six each, and Sam Hauser hit five. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, the lack of defense that still plagues them, and the good news about Robert Williams.
18 min
Marcus Smart confused by Ime Udoka going to Bro...
Marcus Smart expressed some confusion about Ime Udoka's soon-to-be move to Brooklyn. And while he also expressed love for his current situation and Joe Mazzulla, the Udoka situation continues to be a source of confusion and conversation in the locker room. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the situation, why it's hard for players to separate themselves like the rest of us, and whether this should be any concern for Boston.
39 min
Boston Celtics lose to Cavs in OT again, but ou...
The Boston Celtics lost to the Cavs again in overtime... again... but this time there was a lot less to be worried about after the loss. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says he's coming out of this one feeling a lot better than after the last loss. Also, why Al Horford is playing too much, Sam Hauser's minutes were wasted, and Marcus Smart almost undid a lot of the good stuff he had done with one play. And, a closer look at the end of game after timeout plays from Joe Mazzulla.
35 min
Brooklyn Nets fire Steve Nash, preparing to hir...
The Brooklyn Nets made waves by firing Steve Nash on Tuesday, and then made even bigger news when it was revealed they're about to hire Ime Udoka to replace him. The Boston Celtics are letting him go without fighting for any compensation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains all the reasons why the Celtics might have been very happy to stand back and let him walk without any discussions about getting something in return. Also, should we be worried that Udoka is going to make the Nets significantly better?
28 min
Why Boston Celtics give up so many offensive re...
The Boston Celtics keep getting killed on the boards. Is that a sign that they need another big man, or is there something else to it? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has looked at every offensive rebound the Celtics have given up so far to find the answer. Plus, Marcus Smart is not 100%. Is it time to give him some time off? And, other thoughts on the win over Washington, including Jayson Tatum needing to be the screener a lot more.
41 min
Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown hel...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown got things started with a dominant first quarter, then the Celtics hit their typical lull by giving up a ton of offensive rebounds. Then Malcolm Brogdon slammed the door on the Wizards with a huge run in the 3rd. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win with Tom Westerholm, other players who stepped up, as well as some elements from the OT loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
34 min
Celtics-Cavs crossover preview | Grant Williams...
Grant Williams was suspended for one game for bumping an official. He talked about it at practice on Thursday. You'll hear everything he had to say about it. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Chris Manning of the Locked On Cavaliers podcast to discuss everything about the Celtics-Cavaliers matchup Friday night in Boston.
32 min
Grant Williams suspended & mailbag questions
Grant Williams, unsurprisingly, got suspended for a game for making contact with an official. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before getting into mailbag questions about Joe Mazzulla holding the Celtics accountable, a wake up call loss in Chicago, zone defenses, and Bol Bol.
26 min
Boston Celtics defense needs help, Grant Willia...
A second look at the Celtics defense recently shows just how much work they need, but it's easily fixable. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the ways it can be helped and why they can't wait until Robert Williams comes back to do it. Plus, Grant Williams vs. the refs needs to stop.
36 min
Boston Celtics meltdown vs. Chicago Bulls leads...
The Celtics looked great for about eight minutes or so in Chicago, but then it all fell apart after that. They got away from what was working on offense, leading to one of Joe Mazzulla's most stinging comments about the team so far this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses why this team needs to follow a specific offensive formula to win, the defensive issues plaguing them in the early going, and the complete meltdown that led to Joe Mazzulla and Grant Williams getting ejected.
33 min
Assessing the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum cros...
The Celtics are currently the NBA's only 3-0 team after sweeping both weekend games in Florida. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal reviews the win in Orlando with Locked On Magic host Philip Rossman-Reich, including Jayson Tatum's amazing performance, before previewing the Monday night game in Chicago with Locked On Bulls host Pat The Designer.
34 min
Boston Celtics survive in Orlando thanks to Jay...
This was exactly the kind of night I feared against the Orlando Magic. Luckily for the Celtics, the Magic are too young to know how to close games, and the Celtics had Jayson Tatum and Derrick White. Tatum dropped 40, White had an amazing 27 point night, and the Celtics survived a sluggish effort to hold on for the 126-120 win.
16 min
Boston Celtics get tough win in Miami behind Ja...
The Boston Celtics got 57 combined points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in a tough win against the Miami Heat Friday night. Brown was especially awesome in this one, but there were still some tough lessons to be learned here. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through the big performances, how the depth was on display again (including Malcolm Brogdon who had a big impact despite an off night) and Joe Mazzulla's timeout use (or lack thereof)
14 min
Boston Celtics head into big back-to-back weeke...
The Celtics are heading into a tough weekend (already) with a florida back-to-back against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss both matchups and why the Magic game is the more exciting one, before dipping into the mailbag to answer questions about Luke Kornet, the take foul helping Boston, Mazzulla's backup, and Draymond Green's punch.
48 min
Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown's greatness, Boston...
We're a day removed from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scoring 35 points apiece to knock off the Philadelphia 76ers, but we're not done talking about how great they were. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss their performance in more detail, the Celtics defense clamping down on Joel Embiid, Joe Mazzulla's job, and more.
40 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 70 in Bo...
The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night at the Garden behind 70 combined points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal takes a look at why this performance felt different than other Jays combo performances, how the bench helped keep the ship afloat while the stars got themselves together, and how Joe Mazzulla passed his first test. Plus, a rant on the flagrant foul on Al Horford, and why the NBA needs to change how the landing spot rule is enforced.
31 min
No Grant Williams extension, what to watch for ...
Grant Williams did not get a new contract extension before the Monday deadline, and his tweets make it clear he's bothered by that at some level. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why this is just a matter of 'business is business.' Plus, Tuesday is opening night in the NBA, so what are we looking for from the Celtics as they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid? Also, the Celtics have new City Edition uniforms for the game, and they're okay.
33 min
Boston Celtics preseason review, regular season...
The Boston Celtics preseason is over, which means its time to assess where they are and start predicting games. That's where the Rainin' J's come in. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal welcomes back former hosts Jay King and Sam Packard of The Athletic to look back at the preseason to see what we learned before looking ahead to the regular season and predicting every game (which happens on the Anything Is Poddable feed).
36 min
1-on-1 with Boston Celtics center Mfiondu Kaben...
Mfiondu Kabengele is on a two-way deal, but he's still hoping to make an impact on the Celtics. In this one-on-one interview with Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis, Kabengele explains why he's not going to make the same mistakes again that almost cost him his spot in the NBA. Plus, how excited he is to get to talk to and learn from guys like Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, advice from his uncle Dikembe Mutombo, life in the G League, his desire to give back, and more.
31 min
Things we need to see in the Boston Celtics pre...
The Celtics wrapped up practice for the week, and they take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the things they'd like to see happen in that final preseason game, including Luke Kornet getting some run, the bigs figuring out how to free up their wings, Malcolm Brogdon and Jayson Tatum hitting shots, Joe Mazzulla tested as a coach, and more.
33 min
Luke Kornet's back, so what's the Boston Celtic...
38 min
Grant Williams becoming an offensive weapon for...
Grant Williams has added a little something to his game that has really impressed his teammates, including Al Horford who says everyone was in awe of one particular play. John Karalis broke down how Grant is using the threat of his 3-point shot to become an offensive threat (https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/10/10/how-grant-williams-is-using-the-threat-of-the-3-to-add-a-dangerous-element-to-his-game) and discusses it in depth here. Plus, how teams will probably play him now that he's whipping out these moves, and the one thing he has to do to make his moves unguardable. Also, Luke Kornet returns to the practice floor and Blake Griffin is really fitting in well with the guys.
34 min
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50 min
Mailbag Monday: Jaylen Brown the coach, players...
The Boston Celtics played a preseason game on Friday where most of the regulars sat, but Jaylen Brown still played, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says the Celtics got away with a bad decision there. Plus, Noah Vonleh makes his case for more minutes. Then, it's time to open up the mailbag again to talk about small lineups, zone defense, and the Celtics toning down their arguments with officials. There's also a mailbag question about Jaylen Brown's future, and his potential as a coach when he's done playing.
39 min
Boston Celtics Friday vibes check with Abby Chin
It's Friday, they've played two preseason games, and they're looking pretty damn good after a pretty bad situation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal brings in Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston to get a sense of where the team was in the wake of the Ime Udoka scandal, where they are now, and who is standing out so far in the preseason.
37 min
Sam Hauser, Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum shine...
Okay, the Celtics technically lost to the Raptors, but they won the part of the game that mattered. Sam Hauser was the biggest story of the game, showing that he's more than capable of handling Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Malcolm Brogdon continues to be Hauser's primary source of points, dropping dimes left and right and becoming so good it's scary. And Jayson Tatum showed some new things attacking the basket, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says if he keeps doing that all season, Tatum will be an MVP candidate.
33 min