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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.

Robert Williams back sooner than expected? And ...
Robert Williams may be back even sooner than the 4-6 week expected timeline, which is great news for the Boston Celtics. Not so great news is their play in the clutch, which may be the result of some old bad habits creeping back in. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that, and all the talk about the Celtics vaccination status that could impact them if they face Toronto in the playoffs.
44 min
Robert Williams successful surgery, Boston Celt...
Robert Williams had successful meniscus surgery on Wednesday and is expected back in 4-6 weeks, which is good news for the Boston Celtics. It came on a night that Boston lost to the Miami Heat, which they say is actually a good thing. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why Boston has earned the right to say that, but it's easy to lose that capital if they don't follow up on it. Also, why Daniel Theis should be starting.
36 min
Robert Williams injury adjustments: Does Daniel...
The Boston Celtics have to figure out how to make up for the loss of Robert Williams, which means Wednesday night's game vs. the Miami Heat will give Ime Udoka a lot of opportunity to experiment. Does Daniel Theis start? Does he mix up lineups? Which lineups should we watch for. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss all that and stumble onto a potential nickname for Theis. Also, how this might impact Jayson Tatum's MVP case!
38 min
Robert Williams injury requires surgery | Bosto...
Robert Williams has a torn meniscus in his left knee which will definitely require surgery, but how long he's out depends on which surgical option they choose. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains that and also why nearly pulling off a win over the Toronto Raptors is a sign of culture building in Boston by Ime Udoka.
37 min
Boston Celtics now East top seed after blowing ...
The Boston Celtics are the East's top seed, tied with Miami (Boston owns the tiebreaker), after blowing out the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 65 points to lead Boston, while they got contributions from Derrick White, Payton Pritchard, and Robert Williams. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why this was just like the win over Denver, examines the seeding situation, and why it doesn't matter because Robert Williams left the game with a sprained knee.
38 min
Jason Tatum for MVP? And can Payton Pritchard c...
The Boston Celtics could be the top seed in the East soon, and Jayson Tatum is a big reason why, so is he worthy of serious MVP consideration. What would need to happen for him to win the MVP? John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that and Payton Pritchard's recent performance. What's fueling this hot streak, and can he carry it into the playoffs?
50 min
Boston Celtics dominate Utah Jazz behind Jayson...
The Boston Celtics laid the hammer down on the Utah Jazz, going perfect from the field for the first eight minutes of the game and never really looking back. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 52 points but they got a lot of help from Marcus Smart, Payton Pritchard, Al Horford, and Robert Williams, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal shares some behind the scenes vibes and also looks at this suddenly potent Celtics offense.
39 min
What seed will Boston Celtics get? Breaking dow...
Where will the Boston Celtics land in the playoff chase? We look at the final stretch for the Celtics, the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers to figure out what the final seeds might look like. Plus, John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the 4 game road winning streak and why the Celtics have been able to be so consistently good.
40 min
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams ha...
The Boston Celtics had another monster lead in the fourth quarter against the OKC Thunder, but nearly blew it all. They held on thanks to Grant Williams (20 points, 10 rebounds) and another 30+ point game on high efficiency from Jayson Tatum (36 points, 19 shots). John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, why he's not worried at all about how that fourth quarter went, Tatum's chance to make some rare history, and a few stats that show just how dominant this team has been.
36 min
Boston Celtics get 60 from Jayson Tatum, Jaylen...
The Boston Celtics looked like they were locked in a tough battle, but then they blew the game open with an amazing second quarter run and never looked back. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the best stat out of that 24-4 run, how Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum's combined 60 points was part of an unbeatable performance, and some stats that show how much this team loves playing on the road.
37 min
Marcus Smart Defensive Player of the Year? Ime ...
The Boston Celtics are fresh off a win over the Golden State Warriors where the defense was the star? Should Marcus Smart win Defensive Player of the Year and Should Ime Udoka win Coach of the Year? John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that and get more into the Smart/Steph Curry controversy.
51 min
Boston Celtics defense, Marcus Smart passing, d...
The Boston Celtics and their stifling defense held the Golden State Warriors in check. Marcus Smart's passing picked them apart, and the Celtics go on to a 22 point win, 110-88 in San Francisco. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about Robert Williams' rim protection, Marcus Smart's point guarding, and then Smart's play where Steph Curry got hurt and he kicked Klay Thompson. Were those plays dirty?
29 min
Ime Udoka 1-on-1: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown re...
In an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtics head coach discusses being blunt and coaching his team hard, how he gets more out Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, why he didn't build his coaching staff to include an ex-head coach, and more.
38 min
Kevin Garnett number retirement a lesson for yo...
The Kevin Garnett number retirement ceremony and Ray Allen reconciliation was a good lesson for young Celtics watching as it happened. How the Celtics got things right by doing the ceremony how they did, and what this could mean for future retired numbers. Plus, the Celtics begin a west coast swing, so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss whether the heavy minutes load is taking its toll and what they think the Celtics can do on this trip.
45 min
Kevin Garnett jersey retirement, Ray Allen reun...
Kevin Garnett's number retirement ceremony and reunion with Ray Allen was a huge hit, which made for a great night despite the loss to the Dallas Mavericks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why the defensive strategy on Luka Doncic was questionable before getting into the KG ceremony and why Garnett's surprising declaration about Ray Allen puts the Celtics in an interesting position.
36 min
Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen squash beefs, Boston C...
Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen seem to have put their beef behind them, but is there more to it than that? The Boston Celtics seem to be ahead of schedule, and they could be the third seed and a 50-win team. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss those things, but first, it's time to make fun of the Sixers, a team that frightens neither of us.
45 min
Jayson Tatum scores 44, Boston Celtics hold off...
Jayson Tatum scored 44 in the Boston Celtics win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics also got big games out of Marcus Smart and Derrick White, and they come away looking like quite a confident group of guys. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the big moments and individual performances.
36 min
Isaiah Thomas wants a reunion in Boston, how Ni...
Isaiah Thomas has been pushing for a Boston Celtics reunion but it doesn't seem to be happening, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says it shouldn't (even though Isaiah gave compelling reasons why it should). Plus, Nik Stauskas has a new perspective on basketball (and life) and that could help the Celtics in more than one way. And, why the worst thing for Boston would be a letdown against the Charlotte Hornets
35 min
Re-living the Brooklyn win, real chances for a ...
The win over Brooklyn was so good that we had to keep talking about it, so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com did that by, admittedly, gushing too much about Kevin Durant before turning to Tatum, how he played, and what he needs to do to get even better. Plus, a look at the new expectations and wondering whether we might be getting a little TOO excited about their chances. Also, the Kyrie Irving comments, and why players see him differently than fans.
44 min
Jayson Tatum outduels Kevin Durant in huge Bost...
Jayson Tatum dropped 54 points in a classic game, outdueling Kevin Durant and sending the Brooklyn Nets home with a loss. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about how great a game this really was, the three key stretches that won the game, Jaylen Brown's clutch scoring (and a great moment with him and Tatum), and why this win is special ... including why it now feels the Celtics have a shot of making it out of the East.
36 min
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, flex muscles, bea...
The Boston Celtics got a big win over MVP candidate Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies thanks to some stifling defense and Jayson Tatum's huge fourth quarter. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses Tatum's huge game and why he's playing better than ever. Plus, Coach of the Month Ime Udoka and how he's got guys fired up after halftime, another Marcus Smart victory lap, and why it's absolutely safe to buy in on this Celtics team.
33 min
Jaylen Brown's injury, Jayson Tatum's pivotal s...
Jaylen Brown's injury is better than we thought it might be. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the impact of that on the team moving forward. Also, what Al Horford calls the "fun part" part of the season, and why it shows how differently the team looks at how the season is structured. Plus, the stat that highlights Jayson Tatum's progression and why this is perhaps a pivotal season in his career.
39 min
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics bench, key big com...
Jaylen Brown sprained his ankle early in the game and that sent the Celtics into a bit of a spiral, leading to a pretty bad half of basketball. But they regrouped behind Jayson Tatum and got big contributions of the bench from Derrick White and Grant Williams, and stifled the Hawks for a big comeback win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs things down (along with an update on the Jaylen Brown injury), explains why this second half could be a pivotal one in the season, and how the bench is starting to give the C's a little bit more (hint: Dennis Schröder has something to do with it),
31 min
The next two months will tell us everything abo...
The Boston Celtics have gone through two bad months and two good months. With a little less than two months to go, what we see moving forward will ultimately define this Celtics season. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm explain why they're ready to chalk up the loss to Indiana to just a tough situation, but also explain why they can't do that moving forward. Also, style of play vs. actual wins, which is more important in the long run?
38 min
Boston Celtics split weekend with Indiana Pacer...
The Celtics played ugly and won against Detroit and then played ugly and lost to the Indiana Pacers, but it was different kinds of ugly. John Karalis gets into how the Celtics allowed a young, fast, Pacers team get comfortable and hot, how they got sucked into a mismatch-hunting slog against Detroit, and how some questionable decisions by Ime Udoka played into it.
33 min