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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.

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