Locked on Celtics is a daily Boston Celtics podcast by MassLive 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.
Apr 1- Smart defending against COVID-19 & the t...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Marcus Smart's blood donation to a program trying to cure coronavirus patients. Then, the historical discussion with RedsArmy.com's Mike Dynon continues with a look at the time Red Auerbach refused to draft Bob Cousy, and the confrontation between the two that changed Celtics history
Mar 31- NBA in Vegas, Tatum's pressure on himse...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the NBA's reported interest in resuming the season in Vegas & Tatum's admission of putting pressure on himself to make the All-Star team. Then he's joined by Mike Dynon of RedsArmy.com to discuss he birth of the Boston Celtics & the NBA
Mar 30- Smart's corona-free & signing Hayward l...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Marcus Smart being cleared of coronavirus, What we learned from Brad Stevens' conference call with reporters, and why signing Gordon Hayward long term makes more sense after his hiatus
Mar 27- The Brad Stevens show
MassLive's John Karalis & Red's Army's Chuck McKenney take a deep dive into Brad Stevens' coaching, adjustments from last season, maybe experimenting too much, and how some continuity could change things for him.
Mar 26- The backup wings show
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by WEEI's Nick Friar to discuss the wings on the bench like Semi Ojeleye, Brad Wanamaker, Romeo Langford and more
Mar 25- The backup bigs show
MassLive's John Karalis & Red's Army's Chuck McKenney discuss the backup bigs, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, and Grant Williams... including Kanter's impact on the offense, whether Rob can become a major contributor, and who we trust in the playoffs
Mar 24- The Marcus Smart show
MassLive's John Karalis & Adam Taylor of CelticsBlog discuss the revelation that all of the Celtics besides Marcus Smart tested negative for COVID-19, and then get into their deep dive of Marcus Smart's season
Mar 23- the non-Celtics mailbag, including favo...
MassLive's John Karalis answered non-Celtics related questions, including favorite non-Celtics to watch, the NBA tough guy vs. good guy team, Greek food, and the origins of RedsArmy.com
Mar 20- Smart has coronavirus & the Daniel Thei...
MassLive's John Karalis & RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney discuss the Marcus Smart COVID-19 diagnosis and then do the deep dive into Daniel Theis. Stick around for the post-sign off R-rated banter.
Mar 19- The Gordon Hayward show
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Alex Kungu to discuss some of Commissioner Adam Silver's remarks before a deep dive into Gordon Hayward's 2019-20 season
Mar 18- The Jaylen Brown show
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chris Grenham of Forbes to discuss the four new coronavirus cases in the NBA and then take a deep dive into Jaylen Brown's season
Mar 17- The Kemba Walker show
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney to talk about Kemba Walker's impact in his first season with the Celtics. Also, there's breaking news about the Celtics paying their staff during the hiatus.
Mar 16- The Jayson Tatum show
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chuck McKenney of RedsArmy.com to kick off a week of deep dives into the Boston Celtics starters, beginning with Jayson Tatum. Also, a quick discussion on the breaking news of the CDC that could keep the NBA shut down for 8 more weeks
Mar 13- 30 days without basketball, Gobert apol...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney to talk about the latest developments in the coronavirus hiatus the NBA is taking, what could be next, Gobert's apology, and taking care of the little guy as games are cancelled.
Mar 12- NBA suspends season over coronavirus scare
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the NBA's decision to suspend their season over Rudy Gobert's positive coronavirus test, what it means, options for the rest of the season, and how it impacts the future of the league
Mar 11: The NBA belt is BACK (but it almost was...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the win that brought the NBA belt back to Boston, the reasons behind that fourth quarter collapse, and Kemba Walker's knee.
Mar 10: Things are about to get weird, Enes Kan...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the very rapidly changing landscape due to the coronavirus, Enes Kanter's rapid decline, and you get the Indiana Pacers perspective on the Celtics
Mar 9: Some serious bad habits, a ridiculous bl...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Kemba Walker's recent struggles, why Boston might want to re-think it's end of game strategy, Boston's bad habits, and why the second seed might be out of reach. Also, the infuriating pattern of obvious things being missed by refs.
Mar 6: The secret to Tatum's success, Semi the ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chris Grenham of Forbes to discuss the one thing that maybe best encapsulates the secret to Jayson Tatum's sudden success. Plus, Semi as the silver lining to all these injuries and Smart v. refs.
Mar 5: C's bounce back, Ojeleye sets a career h...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over the Cavaliers, Jayson Tatum's historic 32 point game, Semi Ojeleye going off for a career-high, and more.
Mar 4: Celtics blow it against Brooklyn & got w...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about a very frustrating loss where the Celtics shot themselves in the foot with a casual 4th quarter that lead to an epic collapse. Plus, you'll hear Brad's postagme press conference.
Mar 3: Kemba's back (but now 2 others are maybe...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Kemba's return, Tatum & Smart being sick, the impact of the coronavirus, Danny Ainge basically saying the Celtics are standing pat on the buyout market, and fake stats about Jayson Tatum.
Mar 2: The Houston loss, the final play, and th...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney to go over the loss to Houston, the final play, and where the game was really lost. Also, a look back and the month of February and the fight for the 2nd seed.
Feb 28- ESPN's Rachel Nichols on working with P...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by The Jump host Rachel Nichols to discuss Tatum's rise, stalking Paul Pierce, and being a woman in sports who inspires young girls
Feb 27- The most impressive win of the season
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the most impressive win of the season, as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart helped beat Utah
Feb 26- Blazers postgame, Tatum & Brown, Theis ...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the win over Portland, Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown rooting for one another, and Daniel Theis doing all the dirty work
Feb 25- Can we not? Can we not with Tatum? Can ...
MassLive's John Karalis would prefer that we just not overreact to Jayson Tatum's recent success or the bench's recent lack of success... especially if the latter means looking at DeMarcus Cousins
Feb. 24- Jayson Tatum mania even after a loss t...
MassLive's John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the loss to the Lakers, Jayson Tatum's monster star turn, and Kemba Walker's knee
Feb 21- Kemba out again & Mailbag answers
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Kemba Walker missing the first game of this road trip & answers mailbag questions about the bench and maybe pursuing one of Philly's stars this summer
Feb 19- A Rainin' J's Reunion to look back at t...
MassLive's John Karalis reunites with Jay King and Sam Packard of the The Athletic for the first of a two-part podcast. In this one, the reunited Rainin' J's review the season so far. Tomorrow, on Anything is Poddable, they look forward to the rest of the season.
Feb 18- Final All-Star thoughts and taking stoc...
MassLive's John Karalis shares a few final thoughts from All Star weekend, including how Kevin Garnett was nearly a Laker. Also, taking stock of the Boston Celtics heading into the last portion of their schedule
Feb 17- Did Kemba play too much in the All Star...
MassLive's John Karalis checks in from All-Star Weekend in Chicago where Kemba Walker play a lot in a very fun All Star Game. Also, he's having a lot of fun with Jayson Tatum, and their relationship happens to be kind of perfect for the Celtics.
Feb. 14- Celtics beat Clippers & Tatum's best g...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Jayson Tatum's best game yet in a double OT win over the Clippers
Feb 13- Jaylen wants to play & his message to h...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Jaylen Brown apparently preparing to play vs. the Clippers, his message to the haters, and the anxiety he's experience. Also, recasting the Celtics "passing the torch" show
Feb. 12- Celtics frustrated after Rockets loss
MassLive's John Karalis discusses a very frustrating loss to the Rockets and why the Celtics really only have themselves to blame
Feb. 11- Crossover with Locked On Rockets host ...
MassLive's John Karalis talks Houston Rockets with Locked On Rockets host Jackson Gatlin in Houston, including their small-ball strategy, switching defenses, and how Marcus Smart might be able to guard two guys at the same time.
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chuck McKenney discuss the win over Oklahoma City, Jayson Tatum's takeover, & how having Marcus Smart & Kemba Walker mean the Celtics just can't be counted out
Feb. 7- Boston Celtics stand pat at the trade d...
MassLive's John Karalis & Tom Westerholm discuss the Celtics decision to stand pat at the trade deadline and the moves other teams made.
Feb 6- Magic postgame & both Miami & Philly mak...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Orlando, Romeo Langford's start, Tatum's closing, and the trades being made by their competition in the East
Feb 5- Progression of the Jays, do we believed ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Alex Kungu of Hoops Island to talk about the progression of Jayson Tatuim & Jaylen Brown & their reaction to their All Star news. Also, do we believe Danny Ainge's stated trade deadline goals, and a discussion about the impact of shooting from the logo
Feb 4- Hawks postgame & Danny Ainge comments on...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over the Hawks and Danny Ainge's interesting comments about the recent trade rumors and what he's looking for at the deadline.
Feb 3- Sixers win, Hayward's contract, & anothe...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by RedsArmy's Chuck McKenney to talk about the win over the Sixers, Gordon Hayward's contract situation, and another dumb trade rumor
Jan 31- Warriors postgame & Jayson Tatum is an ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Locked on Warriors host Wes Golberg to discuss the Celtics win over the Warriors, changes to the All-Star game scoring, and shortening an NBA game. Also, Jayson Tatum is an All-Star!
Jan 30- Feeling better about things & injuries ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney to see if Chuck has calmed down now that the Celtics have gotten back to winning. Also, why Brad Stevens really feels the impact of not having a full squad
Jan. 29: Miami postgame, and zone busting's int...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Miami, Jaylen Brown's and Gordon Hayward's big nights, and the interesting impact zone defenses are having on the NBA
Jan 27: Boston Celtics react to the death of Ko...
MassLive's John Karalis shares the Boston Celtics postgame reactions to Kobe Bryant's tragic death, and also shares a few quick thoughts about the game
Jan 24- Kemba's an All-Star starter & leave Ene...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Keith Smith of CelticsBlog & Yahoo to talk about the Celtics roster and cap situation, leaving Enes Kanter alone, & Kemba making the All-Star team (and which Celtics might join him)
Jan 23- Grizzlies win, Marcus Smart's passing &...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Boston's blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies, how they won with defense, the maturing game of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart's ridiculous passing, and Kemba Walker doing little things to win
Jan 22- MAILBAG TIME! Smart's shooting, trades,...
MassLive's John Karalis answers your questions about the Boston Celtics, which can always be submitted on Twitter using the tag #LOCeltics
Jan 21- Lakers postgame, Jaylen's dunk, & Grant...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over the Lakers, why this isn't time for a victory lap (yet), Jaylen's awesome dunk over LeBron, and Grant Williams with a great reaction to his weird technical foul
Jan 20- Therapy for the tortured Celtics fan, w...
MassLive's John Karalis & RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney talk about Boston's recent struggles, which mainly consists of Chuck yelling about problems the team has and John calming him down.
Jan 17- Bucks postgame & the issue with Gordon ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the near comeback in Milwaukee, things the Celtics might need to do to avoid these starts, and the issue with Gordon Hayward.
Jan 16- Pistons postgame, explanations aren't '...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the loss to the Pistons, why explaining why things happened doesn't equal "excuses," and why your rah rah movie-coach stuff is all fake.
Jan 15- Level heads, trade targets, & trusting ...
MassLive's John Karalis & RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney discuss the Celtics being exactly where fans would love them to be, potential trades (Derrick Rose?), and trusting Grant Williams
Jan 14- Bulls postgame, patience, Marcus Smart ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Chicago, staying patient with guys in shooting slumps, Marcus Smart slowly returning to form, and Grant Williams' progression
Jan 12- Celtics play the right way, win by 35, ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chris Grenham of Forbes Sports to discuss the Celtics blowout win over New Orleans & how Jayson Tatum & Gordon Hayward broke slumps by playing the right way
Jan 10- Sixers postgame and no need to panic
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the loss to the Sixers and why it's very easy to get caught up in the moment when this losing streak could easily become an afterthought
Jan 9- Spurs postagame, Kemba's ejection, and K...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses another bad loss, this time to the Spurs and Kemba Walker's ejection. Also, hear Kemba tell his side of the story
Jan 8- Everything you need to know about buildi...
MassLive's John Karalis breaks down Boston's assets, tradeable players, possible targets, and the ONE guy Boston should target before the deadline.
Jan 7- Wizards postgame, slow starts without Ke...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the loss to the Washington, the problem with slow starts without Kemba, and why it might have been better to see more Tremont Waters on Monday night
Jan 6- Not-so-easy wins over Atlanta & Chicago,...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the two wins over Chicago & Atlanta, how Gordon Hayward settles things down, Jayson Tatum's inconsistency, an the plague that has found its way into the locker room
Jan 3- Tacko crashes All-Star voting, Jaylen's ...
MassLive's John Karalis & RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney discuss Jaylen's honor for his philanthropy, All-Star voting, and some of the big storylines facing the Celtics in 2020
Jan 1- Celtics win in Charlotte
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Charlotte, including some things Jayson Tatum needs to tighten up, Enes Kanter's recent play, and Marcus Smart still being bothered by his eye infection
Dec. 31: Jaylen Brown Player of the Week, his f...
MassLive's John Karalis & Tom Westerholm discuss Jaylen Brown's Player of the Week honor, what the future holds for him & Jayson Tatum, and how Boston can fix their recent defensive slippage
Dec. 30- Marcus Smart's return in the Raptors l...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the loss to Toronto, including Brad Stevens' thoughts on finally getting Marcus Smart to play with Kemba, Jaylen, Jayson, & Hayward. Also: the Jays show why they work so well together
Dec. 27- Jaylen goes off, Hayward returns, and ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the Christmas win over Toronto & Jaylen Brown's 30 points, how Hayward's return will help us see more nights like that, & Marcus Smart's hellish eye infection
Dec. 25- Hayward & Smart updates, a thank you, ...
MassLive's John Karalis has updates on Marcus Smart getting closer to a return & Hayward's mysterious foot injury and his impending return. Plus, a special thank you, and a guest on a pilgrimage from Australia
Dec. 24- Kanter cleared to travel, Tacko conduc...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Enes Kanter being cleared to travel to Canada and Tacko Fall's night conducting the Boston Pops. Then he and Sean Woodley of Locked on Raptors preview the Christmas day game
Dec. 23- Tatum goes off, Romeo impresses, and w...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Jayson Tatum's big performance against Charlotte, Romeo Langford's impressive minutes, and then wonders why Terry Rozier gets cheered while Kyrie Irving got booed.
Dec. 20- Jaylen's next step, pressure on Grant ...
MassLive's John Karalis & Tom Westerholm discuss Jaylen Brown getting better, Grant Williams responding in a tough situation, and how Kemba Walker can carry regular season lessons into the postseason
Dec. 19- Celtics win in Dallas & Hayward's myst...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the Celtics win in Dallas and the mysterious foot injury that kept Gordon Hayward out of the game
Dec. 18- Poirier injury & Mavs preview with Loc...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the Vincent Poirier injury, which is especially tough considering the uncertain around Enes Kanter's ability to travel to Toronto. Also, a conversation with Nick Angstadt of Locked on Mavs about the Wednesday night game in Dallas.
Dec. 17- Robert Williams & Marcus Smart injurie...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Robert Williams' hip injury, Marcus Smart's eye infection, and another dumb controversy over Kyrie Irving thanks to a Jaylen Brown interview
Dec. 13- The first home loss
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the first home loss of the season, mistakes made by the Celtics, and why Brad Stevens doesn't seem too concerned
Dec. 12- Pacers postgame & Hayward hurt again
MassLive's John Karalis discusses a tough loss to the Indiana Pacers where Gordon Hayward got hurt again. Plus, hear postgame comments from Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Brad Stevens
Dec. 11- Crossover with Tony East of Locked On ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Tony East of Locked on Pacers to preview the first game of a big back-to-back for the Celtics
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Cleveland, how it gave Brad Stevens a chance to give an inspirational speech, and Grant Williams' first 3, including his postgame reaction. Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. Go to Audible.com/lockedonnba for 53% off or text lockedonnba to 500-500.
Dec. 9- Hayward's return, how it impacts Tatum ...
Dec. 6- Emerson College in the NBA, & style of ...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the Emerson College influence on the NBA, which is greater than you think. Also, an in-depth conversation about whether style of play is impacting whether people want to watch the NBA or not.
Dec. 5- Heat postgame, Semi's influence, a key ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the blowout win over Miami, how Semi Ojeleye's 24 straight minutes were key, how a late timeout spared Boston a collapse, and how a huge free throw disparity comes about
MassLive's John Karalis has injury updates on Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart and then Nekias Duncan of SB Nation, Bleacher Report, & Miami Heat Beat joins the show to talk about the big matchup with Miami on Wednesday night
Nov. 28- Nets postgame, Kyrie's reaction to the...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Kemba Walker's explosion that beat the Nets, Kyrie Irving's reaction to the boos & chants on Instagram, and Marcus Smart's cool moment with the broom
Nov. 27- Kemba playing, Grant is adorable, and ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by ESPN's Mike Breen to talk Celtics and his career. Also, it looks like Kemba Walker is playing Wednesday and Grant Williams is doing adorable Grant Williams things.
Nov. 26- Kings postgame, Smart hurt again, and ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the C's win over Sacramento, including Tremont Waters' impact & why they missed Daniel Theis. Also, another nagging injury for Marcus Smart & full audio of the team doctor's explanation of the Kemba Walker injury timeline
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Chuck McKenney of RedsArmy.com to discuss Kemba Walker's injury (and how he might not miss a game!), Gordon Hayward's recovery from a broken hand, Kyrie Irving ducking Boston, and more!
Nov. 21- Clippers postgame, Kemba as the #1 guy...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the tough loss to the Clippers, whether Kemba can be the #1 guy on a championship team, and the postgame staredown with Patrick Beverley
Nov. 20- Kanter, Timelord, & problems with the ...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by MassLive's Tom Westerholm for some leftover thoughts on the Phoenix game, problems with the C's bigs, especially against the Clippers, and Scal-based travel stories
Nov. 19- Suns postgame, Smart's injury, and som...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the big win over Phoenix, Tatum finishing at the rim now, Grant Williams' big defensive plays, Marcus Smart's injury in his own words, and something he noticed about the officiating.
Nov. 18- The streak ends, but Kemba's still a 4...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the winning streak ending, the win over the Warriors, Boston missing Gordon Hayward, and more!
Nov. 15- Talking Red Claws with Maine play-by-p...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about Tacko Fall, Romeo Langford, Tremont Waters, and the Red Claws with Maine's play-by-play man Chris Sedenka
Nov. 14- Wizards postgame & Gordon Hayward talk...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the shootout win over the Wizards & the defensive struggles that are maybe worth watching. Also: hear Gordon Hayward talk about his hand injury.
Nov. 13- Appreciating these Celtics for who the...
MassLive's John Karalis & RedsArmy.com's Chuck McKenney discuss leftover thoughts from the Mavs win, appreciating these Celtics on their own instead of comparing them to the past, and ending talk of trading for a center
Nov. 12- Mavs postgame, Hayward out 6 weeks, & ...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the win over Dallas, who will step up in Gordon Hayward's 6 week absence, and Marcus Smart's desire to stop getting kicked in the groin
Nov. 11- Jaylen's best game, Hayward's broken h...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the win in San Antonio, highlighted by one of Jaylen Brown's offensive performances. Also the latest on Gordon Hayward's broken hand and the 3 recipients of the ride on the Tackomobile
Nov. 8- Hornets postgame, and why this shows ho...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses the blowout win over Charlotte and why this game might be the best indicator yet that this team is different than last year
Nov. 7- Talking Kemba and Rozier with Locked on...
MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Walker Mehl of the Locked On Hornets podcast to talk about the return of Kemba Walker to Charlotte, a possible Terry Rozier revenge game and more
Nov. 6- Cavs postgame: Gordon Hayward's monster...
MassLive's John Karalis talks about the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gordon Hayward's monster night, and Marcus Smart guarding Kevin Love
Nov. 5- Kanter ready to return, Romeo & Tacko i...
MassLive's John Karalis discusses Enes Kanter's seemingly impending return, Romeo Langford & Tacko Fall's assignment to the Red Claws, and Kemba Walker's assessment of slow starts. Hear from Kanter, Walker, and Brad Stevens