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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.

Terry Rozier trade to Miami, Adrian Griffin fir...
Terry Rozier is being moved from Charlotte to the Miami Heat, giving them the scoring punch they need. But how much will it help them defensively, and how does it measure up against Boston? Plus, the Bucks fired Adrian Griffin in what feels like a real desperation move. Will a new coach (maybe Doc Rivers) be all they need to get right defensively? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that, plus the four players the Celtics got into the USA Basketball Summer Olympics player pool, and one final thought about the Celtics execution against Dallas.
35 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 73 to be...
The Celtics got monster games from Tatum and Brown, but not just on offense. They were monsters on both ends of the floor, including some huge defensive plays down the stretch in a fantastic close to the game to hold off Doncis and the Mavs. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that, the impact made by guys like Jrue Holiday, Al Horford, and Payton Pritchard, and why there are no regrets about letting Grant Williams go.
30 min
Kristaps Porzingis, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White...
The Celtics didn't play their best, but they managed to get out of Houston with an ugly win over the Rockets. Kristaps Porzingis bailed them out a couple of times in this game, showing how they can use him effectively when the rest of the offense struggles. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about all that, Derrick White's big game, Jaylen Brown's triple-double, and the important contributions from role players that got them the win.
33 min
Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray outshine Jayson Tatu...
The Celtics home winning streak is over at 20 thanks to amazing performances by Jokic and Murray and subpar shooting from Tatum and Brown. That, plus Boston's inability to end quarters well or win the non-Jokic minute was their undoing. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has all that from TD Garden, why it's almost impossible to lose the way Boston did, Tatum's career mirroring Jokic's in a way, and the great game from Derrick White and hot start from Kristaps Porzingis.
23 min
Boston Celtics play-by-play man Drew Carter on ...
New road play-by-play man Drew Carter joins the show to talk about how the job has gone so far, including calling the team's only losses of the season, following Mike Gorman, working with Scal, and life ont the road. He and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal also get into how the team is doing halfway through the season, his voice, and corgis.
46 min
Boston Celtics blow out Victor Wembanyama, San ...
The Celtics got another blowout win over the Spurs, thanks to a lot of contributions, starting with Jaylen Brown's great all-around game, Jrue Holiday's hot shooting, and some great contributions off the bench to help keep Victor Wembanyama somewhat in check. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the hot shooting and bench energy that helped build a 30 point lead, the relaxed attitude that cost them a lot of that lead, and getting it back without any real damage being done. Plus, the great vibes showed themselves again, but a quote from Gregg Popovich shows the real work that goes into developing that kind of atmosphere.
32 min
Boston Celtics zone defense, San Antonio trap g...
There's much more to talk about when it comes to Boston finally starting to show some zone defense, including why it's might be timed well enough to get the Celtics through a rough January. Also, is the Wednesday San Antonio Spurs game a trap with the Denver Nuggets coming in on Friday, or are they past falling for those? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that and the great vibes we're seeing all over social media.
34 min
Boston Celtics ride Derrick White, Jrue Holiday...
The Celtics didn't look their best, and they were missing Jaylen Brown, but they managed to get a weird, very January win over Toronto thanks to a big start and finish from Jrue Holiday and some clutch shooting from Derrick White. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, Jayson Tatum's amazing third quarter stretch which flipped the game, Al Horford being amazing defensively, and the zone defense which looks like a very nice wrinkle for the Celtics.
33 min
Mailbag: Jrue Holiday's defense, All-Star game ...
We're opening up the mailbag once again to answer questions about Jrue Holiday's defense, 3rd quarter issues, Danilo Gallinari possibly returning to Boston, and the All Star game also possibly coming to Boston. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that, what if Brad Stevens never acquired Holiday or Kristaps Porzingis, overseas basketball, and John's Rap Mount Rushmore.
39 min
Boston Celtics blow out Houston Rockets in Ime ...
The Celtics bounced back from there horrible loss in Milwaukee by blowing the doors off the Houston Rockets. They buried Houston under a barrage of 3-pointers, and won going away despite losing some of the margins Joe Mazzulla loves to point out. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that and Ime Udoka's return with a special guest, Jackson Gatlin of the Locked On Rockets podcast.
26 min
Boston Celtics smoked by Milwaukee Bucks, Joe M...
The Celtics flat-out didn't have it in Milwaukee. They kind of kept it close to start the game, but then they hit a monster drought, going scoreless for nearly seven minutes and giving up a 25-0 run. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal chalks this up to a schedule loss, and then gets into Joe Mazzulla's decision to pull the starters at halftime, and why Mazzulla should try to move on from this loss as quick as possible.
29 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown lead Boston Celtics ...
The Celtics looked sluggish for a long time against the TWolves on Wednesday night, and it looked like they were headed towards their first home loss of the season. But then Jayson Tatum took over the scoring, Jaylen Brown took over defensively and on the boards, and Boston made a late comeback to win the game in overtime. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the little things that went into the win, why Jaylen's night deserves top billing, and why this was an MVP-type performance by Tatum.
33 min
NBA admits officiating mistake against Boston C...
The NBA's last two minute report admits the Celtics were wronged by the officials, but maybe not on the play you're thinking. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, why the Celtics needed more Kristaps Porzingis, especially in the third quarter, against Indiana, and why this upcoming back-to-back against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks is important, and maybe well-timed.
33 min
Celtics lose to Pacers: Tough foul call, horrib...
The Celtics had the Pacers where they wanted them, up nine at the half. Tyrese Haliburton had suffered an injury, and it looked like Boston could go for a knockout in the third, but it was TJ McConnell who controlled things at that point, leading Indy to a monster quarter and, eventually, the win. John Karalis talks about Boston's third quarter failure, Jaylen Brown's monster night, and, yes, the officiating mistake that cost the Celtics two free throws with the game tied with 3.2 seconds to go.
33 min
Mailbag: Boston Celtics playing their best? Joe...
Mailbag Monday is here, and it's time to get back to your questions. This time we get into whether the Celtics are playing their best, Joe Mazzulla's stature in the league, Jayson Tatum's MVP status, revisiting the Marcus Smart trade, and the potential for a Kelly Olynyk trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that, good defense vs. good offense, way too early playoff predictions, and what the Basketball Gods really are.
36 min
Boston Celtics get hard-fought win behind Jayso...
The Celtics played a weird game in Indiana where they couldn't put the Pacers away until the very end, didn't shoot a free throw until the third quarter, and had to play without Kristaps Porzingis for all but six minutes. But they were able to withstand the Pacers runs and, thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, were able to run away with it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that, the great game from Al Horford, Oshae Brissett's energy plays, and more.
22 min
Boston Celtics dominate Utah Jazz with tough de...
The Celtics stormed out of the gates and never looked back as they blew the doors off the Jazz. They opened the game on a 12-2 run thanks to killer rim defense, and then they kept pouring it on after that. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win, the defense, Jayson Tatum's big night, Jaylen Brown's passing, and how this team is vastly different from last year's team.
25 min
Brad Stevens talks Boston Celtics trade deadlin...
Brad Stevens met the media on Thursday to talk about the team and the upcoming trade deadline. In this podcast, you'll hear his comments about the team, what they might do, the potential for adding a rotation center, and whether money will be any kind of issue at the deadline ... plus reactio from Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis.
30 min
Gordon Hayward opens up, and Boston Celtics abo...
Gordon Hayward opened up about the Celtics disaster back in 2019, and even though we knew a lot of it already, it's the first time a player has admitted to what happened. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, a few leftovers from the OKC loss, and then look ahead to a tough January schedule that will challenge their mental toughness.
37 min
Boston Celtics comeback falls short against Sha...
The Celtics came out and hung around in OKC, falling behind early but taking a halftime lead. Then they got smoked in the third quarter before mounting a furious comeback that fell just short. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the chess match between the teams, how the initial Kristaps Porzingis assignment hurt them, the rough nights for Jaylen Brown and Jrue Holiday, the big fourth quarter rally, and more.
31 min
MAILBAG: Trade thoughts, Al Horford Hall of Fam...
The off day brings another opportunity for a Celtics mailbag, starting with thoughts about the Celtics trade landscape, and what they might do and how they're limited. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that, what Al Horford's future might be and whether he's a Hall of Famer, a weird stretch of schedule, Jayson Tatum playing hero ball, Robert Williams, the OG Anunoby trade, and why we haven't seen Jordan Walsh in Boston.
36 min
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown domi...
The Celtics did exactly what a good team is supposed to do to a bad team. They came out strong to start the game, and after a little bit of a lull, they blew the doors off the Spurs. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at that awesome third quarter, the star power that got them the huge lead, and love for Derrick White in the city where it all started for him.
31 min
Boston Celtics hold on, beat Toronto Raptors be...
The Celtics started out hot, and Jaylen Brown was absolutely amazing in the first quarter and first half. But then turnovers kicked in and thhe middle of the game got a little boring. Toronto made a run and the Boston really had to work to pull it out, which is where Derrick White came in. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win and the big contributions
19 min
Boston Celtics survive OT scare from Detroit Pi...
The Celtics started about as terribly as you can imagine, putting forth one of their worst quarters of the season, earning boos from the TD Garden crowd. But they turned it around in the third quarter, survived the fourth, and won it in overtime. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is at the Garden with reaction, including how Porzingis and White were the heroes, Jayson Tatum did other things even though his shooting still stinks, and how Joe Mazzulla's message about mentality is put to the test in this game.
35 min
Nervous about Boston Celtics facing Detroit Pis...
The Celtics are a third of the way through the season, so it's a good time to take stock of where they are, especially heading into such a nerve wracking game. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and special guest B.Eveready (the man behind the theme song) discuss all that and look ahead to the Pistons game and why it might be good that Boston could be missing some key players. Also, an even deeper look ahead to whether Boston can get some separation in the East.
39 min