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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.

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Boston Celtics lose again, 4th Q lineups an iss...
The Boston Celtics followed a very familiar script in their latest soul-crushing loss. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the loss to the Knicks before wondering why Ime Udoka insists on playing Marcus Smart and Dennis Schröder together down the stretch. Then, why the Celtics need to find an a-hole to help spark a team full of nice guy. Also... no, it's not time to blow things up.
34 min
102
Boston Celtics find another way to lose, fourth...
The Boston Celtics found another wild way to lose a game but the same old problem was at the heart of it all. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a run through the game, why Dennis Schröder is becoming a major problem, and why the Celtics offense, especially late in games, needs to run on one simple principle: how does this make Jayson Tatum's and Jaylen Brown's lives easier?
26 min
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Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams set to return & S...
Jayson Tatum is ready to return from Health and Safety protocols and Robert Williams will only miss one game it seems with the sprained toe.. John Karalis has the quick update from practice before looking at the Spurs-Celtics game with Locked On Spurs host Jeff Garcia. What do the Spurs need to do to win again, how good is DeJounte Murray, and which Spurs might be available on the trade market.
42 min
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Jaylen Brown lesson learned in 50 point game? ...
Ime Udoka said something that might have been a lesson reinforced for Jaylen Brown in his 50 point game, and it will be an important lesson for him as he moves forward. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, some impressive stats from that game, along with some thoughts from the win over the Phoenix Suns and Robert Williams' triple double. Plus, why people calling to blow things up need to show some restraint.
33 min
105
Jaylen Brown drops 50, Boston Celtics escape wi...
It certainly wasn't pretty, and the Celtics needed overtime to do it, but they got a 50 point game from Jaylen Brown on their way to a win over Orlando. John Karalis discusses Brown's monster night that really started out a bit ugly, how Marcus Smart was a steadying force, and why teams hungry for a win just need to take them whenever they can get them.
28 min
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Boston Celtics trade questions mailbag, & endin...
We are in the midst of trade season in the NBA, and you have been flooding the inbox with questions about trades. So John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers your questions about whether the Celtics even need to make a trade, potential strategies, and then specific deals that could involved Russell Westbrook, Buddy Hield, Christian Wood, and others. Then, the final segment is dedicated to staying positive heading into 2022
31 min
107
It's almost impossible to do what the Boston Ce...
The Boston Celtics outplayed the LA Clippers in so many categories, that if they even shot 15% from 3, they would have won by double digits. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through one of the most historically bad shooting nights you might ever see. Plus, the conundrum of a zone defense that's designed to give Boston the exact kind of shots they want, and why Jaylen Brown's demeanor after the game was a little bit concerning.
28 min
108
Motivating the Boston Celtics & mailbag questio...
Ime Udoka says the coaches have to find a way to motivate the Celtics players. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says there is one way for the coach to motivate players, but the rest is up to them. Plus, mailbag questions on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown changing their games to fit what the coach wants.
35 min
109
Boston Celtics blow it again in Minnesota becau...
The Boston Celtics followed the same old script in Minnesota, building up a double-digit lead against a team they should beat regardless of situation and then blowing it in spectacular fashion. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal dives into another horrible loss, the insanity of losing to Greg Monroe and guys you've never heard of, and why they've proven over and over again that these horrible habits are just who they are at their core.
39 min
110
Boston Celtics lose to Milwaukee Bucks, Jayson ...
The COVID-ravaged Boston Celtics fell to the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas day. That's not such a big deal, but blowing another late lead is. John Karalis gets into the game, why Ime Udoka broke a cardinal rule when it comes to Jabari Parker, Payton Pritchard making Dennis Schröder expendable, and the late game isolation that showed Tatum and Brown need to trust their teammates more and make better reads down the stretch.
35 min
111
The Boston Celtics giving Ime Udoka new options...
The Boston Celtics are still kind of stuck in the same place but there's a way forward that could look a lot better. John Karalis and Keith Smith discuss the ways this COVID crisis in the NBA could provide a silver lining that gives Ime Udoka new options for his lineups.
45 min
112
Joe Johnson joins Boston Celtics, C's beat Clev...
Somehow, out of nowhere, Joe Johnson is a member of the Boston Celtics! John Karalis gets into that, the Celtics 110-101 in over the Cleveland Cavaliers behind Jaylen Brown's 34 points, how Robert Williams, Romeo Langford, and Payton Pritchard factored into it all, and the decisions Ime Udoka is going to have to make now that he's playing certain guys and it's paying off.
33 min
113
Jaylen Brown blocked a lot, the final play vs. ...
Jaylen Brown said he didn't know how to answer the question about why he's getting blocked so much right now, so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal went to find out. That, plus a look at all the things wrong with that last play against the Philadelphia 76ers between Brown, Enes K. Freedom, and Ime Udoka, and the one statistic that shows we have no choice but to be patient with this team.
30 min
114
Boston Celtics make late mistakes, lose to Joel...
The Celtics let Joel Embiid get very comfortable early and then he burned them late with a monster game, but not one he dominated by going inside. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how Boston blew a major opportunity to neutralize Embiid in the first quarter, why the Celtics need to make room for Payton Pritchard, The borderline good games from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and the key sequence late that ended it for Boston.
32 min
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Boston Celtics lose to Golden State Warriors, b...
36 min
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Mailbag! - All about Boston Celtics trades, TPE...
It's mailbag time and most of the questions had to do with the Boston Celtics making trades, their ability to make trades, how to use their TPE, and what they might get back in a Dennis Schröder trade. Also, why shooting is at the root of the issues for Boston, Robert Williams lack of offensive moves, and some advice for people aspiring to steal John's job.
37 min
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Boston Celtics best trade approach, Danny Ainge...
36 min
118
Ime Udoka best quote ever challenging Boston Ce...
Ime Udoka's infamous film session was followed up by a big win over the Milwaukee Bucks and some great quotes afterwards that highlighted what exactly what the Celtics needed to hear. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal shares two from Udoka and one from Jaylen Brown that are the keys to the Celtics actually becoming a consistent basketball team, including one that made John want to stop the podcast and pick up a basketball right away.
29 min
119
Jayson Tatum drops 42, Jaylen Brown returns, Bo...
The 'film session' Celtics showed up at the TD Garden and played nearly perfectly and handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 14 point loss. John Karalis explains how a marathon film session helped refocus the team, and how the defensive play from Al Horford on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Marcus Smart on Khris Middleton won the game. Plus, Jayson Tatum's huge night could have even been better and Jaylen Brown gave everyone the space to work. And then Grant Williams is on fire, and hopefully this helps show people why patience and context are helpful
36 min
120
Jaylen Brown back! Boston Celtics struggling! C...
Jaylen Brown is back and -- no pressure, Jaylen -- it comes at exactly the right time. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the reasons why it took Jaylen so long to get back and why the C's swear he's ok now. Plus, what went wrong in the Suns game and the difference between trying to answer Phoenix baskets and running their offense. And, how the Celtics are just like New Years resolutioners trying to get back into shape, and why their ability to recover is critical for the team's future.
30 min
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Boston Celtics struggles, Robert Williams, path...
39 min
122
Boston Celtics turnovers kill them in familiar ...
The Boston Celtics did it again... falling behind by a lot to a team missing its star player, fighting back, and falling short. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through the turnover issues that destroyed Boston's chances, the real turning point, why Josh Richardson needs to start, and why this team needs to answer one honest question about itself.
25 min
123
Boston Celtics fall back into bad habits, get r...
The Celtics were hoping to continue their good basketball against the Lakers but L.A. had different ideas. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through why Jayson Tatum was really the only good Celtic in this game and why his early outburst might have actually been counterproductive. Plus, why Dennis Schröder really let the Celtics down, the defensive mistakes by Robert Williams and others, and why the Celtics have a real problem handling success.
29 min
124
Boston Celtics looking for repeat vs. Los Angel...
The Celtics win over the LA Lakers was one of their easiest of the season, so they're in Los Angeles hoping for a repeat performance. In this Locked on Celtics and Locked on Lakers crossover, John Karalis joins Brian and Andy Kamenetzky to discuss some rivalry history, Jayson Tatum's early issues, LeBron James and Anthony Davis biding their time, and more.
46 min
125
Boston Celtics blow out Portland Trail Blazers,...
The Celtics beat the doors off the Blazers, who were without Damian Lillard, to get a huge win behind big performances by Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schröder. Payton Pritchard was also awesome in the fourth quarter which led to hilarious technical foul. That came after a historic shooting performance by Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and the Jazz, which handed the C's a tough loss. John Karalis gets into both games, and how Jayson Tatum is getting to the rim a bit easier than he used to.
33 min
126
Time for Marcus Smart trade? And Boston Celtics...
There was yet another suggestion that it's time to trade Marcus Smart. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal wonders why this lazy idea is happening when Smart is playing well? Plus, Jaylen Brown is out, and David Locke hops on for a crossover to preview the Celtics-Jazz game Friday night, and why the Celtics might have the right defense to give the Jazz trouble.
39 min
127
Boston Celtics ugly win over Philadelphia 76ers...
It didn't look great, but the Celtics came away with an 88-87 win over the Sixers in a game Joel Embiid was clearly not himself. The Celtics sort of took advantage behind early offense and late defense from Al Horford in a revenge game after a tough year in Philadelphia for him. Ime Udoka and Josh Richardson also savored this win. John Karalis runs through all of that, why the late game execution with Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schröder needs a lot of work, and the apparent reinjury of Jaylen Brown's hamstring.
34 min
128
Boston Celtics mailbag: Joel Embiid plan, fixin...
How are the Celtics going to handle Joel Embiid on Wednesday night? Is it time to start Grant Williams? What's behind Jayson Tatum's struggles and does he get more criticism than Jaylen Brown? Is there a way to get Evan Fournier back from the New York Knicks? John Karalis opens up a new Celtics mailbag ahead of a very tough December schedule for Boston.
32 min
129
Jayson Tatum's passing, Marcus Smart as point g...
We're a quarter of the way into the season, which is a good time to start looking at some trends. John Karalis looks at Jayson Tatum's evolution as a playmaker and why the Toronto game could be such an important flashpoint in his season, Marcus Smart's point guard numbers and why they support him in that starting role, and how the Celtics defense has risen to one of the league's elite.
34 min
130
Boston Celtics beat Toronto Raptors in most imp...
The Boston Celtics really struggled through most of this game, especially with turnovers and rebounding. But they never deviated from Ime Udoka's game plan, and their willingness to follow the script for most of the 48 minutes despite things not working well for most of that time makes this the most impressive win of the season. John Karalis explains that further before getting into some of the key individuals like Josh Richardson and Enes Kanter, and two guys people shouldn't have written off in Romeo Langford and Grant Williams. Plus, a quick look at the loss to San Antonio.
34 min
131
Boston Celtics blown out by Brooklyn Nets, get ...
This did not turn out to be the good basketball game we thought it might be. The Brooklyn Nets walked into the TD Garden and waxed the parquet with the Celtics from the jump. Patty Mills exploded out of the gates, Kevin Durant was unstoppable, and the Nets made it look easy. The Celtics, meanwhile, did more settling than the Pilgrims. Their intensity rose in the fourth quarter as they made their obligatory run, but it was too big a hill to climb. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, Jayson Tatum getting a little to caught up in the Kevin Durant matchup and everyone getting too caught up with the refs.
28 min
132
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant ...
The Celtics and Nets are the two hottest teams in the East and each does something the other team struggles with. John Karalis of Locked on Celtics and Adam Armbrecht of Locked On Nets discuss the game in this crossover episode that includes Kevin Durant vs. Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart vs. James Harden, Jaylen Brown's health, and more.
47 min
133
Jaylen Brown returns, Boston Celtics blow out H...
Jaylen Brown returned from his hamstring injury but wasn't "normal normal" according to Ime Udoka. He still dropped 19 in a blowout Celtics win over the Rockets. John Karalis runs through the game's big stories, Jayson Tatum's fourth straight 30 point game, how Udoka switched up his fourth quarter approach to get the blowout, and why Brown didn't sound confident about his hamstring.
29 min
134
Boston Celtics beat LeBron James, LA Lakers, & ...
The Celtics are now 7-3 over their last 10 games after weekend wins over the Lakers and Thunder. Of course, there was a fourth quarter meltdown against a bad team, but they also beat a surprisingly passive LeBron James in front of Paul Pierce and Bill Russell. John Karalis runs through the two wins, and then previews the Rockets game with Locked On Rockets host Jackson Gatlin.
39 min
135
Boston Celtics trade assets, possibilities, and...
The Boston Celtics need shooting, but how are they going to get it. Maybe it will come internally, but maybe Brad Stevens will have to trade for it. John Karalis and Keith Smith discuss the trade assets at his disposal, the possibilities for using them, and a potential trade target. Plus, creative use for the traded player exception.
40 min
136
Boston Celtics shooting fails them in loss to A...
Jayson Tatum got back on track and Grant Williams joined him in the hot zone, but that was it for the Celtics. No one else could find the range all night and it resulted in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into Tatum's night, how the C's went away from him in the fourth quarter (which needs to be fixed) and why someone, somewhere, needs to find some shooting for this team.
31 min
137
Marcus Smart's value to Boston Celtics and Jays...
After 14 games, the numbers show Marcus Smart's value to the Celtics is pretty high. John Karalis is joined by Tom Westerholm to discuss that, Jayson Tatum's slump, how he can get back on track, and then the step he needs to take to really become an elite offensive player.
40 min
138
Aggressive Boston Celtics hold off Cleveland Ca...
The Celtics had another tight one against the Cavs on Monday night in a game that was sort of the inverse of their first matchup. They got aggressive in the second half behind Marcus Smart and Dennis Schröder, with an extra hand from Al Horford and Jayson Tatum. John Karalis runs through why the C's were able to turn it up against the Cavs, and why this should be a very clear message to the team and Tatum. Plus, the Celtics are still in position to come out of November pretty much where they should be in the standings.
34 min
139
What's wrong with Jayson Tatum? Plus, the Bosto...
The Celtics played a couple of games since the last podcast, a fourth quarter collapse to Cleveland and an OT win over the Milwaukee Bucks. John Karalis gets into why Dennis Schröder was important against Milwaukee but also deceiving against Cleveland, the late game mistakes that erased a great game from Marcus Smart, and why Robert Williams was so great. Also, what's wrong with Jayson Tatum?
33 min
140
Jayson Tatum creating for Boston Celtics teamma...
Jayson Tatum showed a level of aggressiveness and creating in Toronto that we haven't seen this season season. John Karalis talks about that before answering mailbag questions on the team's poor transition defense, ways to use the TPE (and a potential target), and who on the Celtics he could beat 1-on-1.
34 min
141
Boston Celtics get first home win behind Jayson...
The Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors for their first home win of the season. Jayson Tatum's passing was on display while Robert Williams was all over the offensive boards. John Karalis runs through their nights, Marcus Smart's passing and defense, a weird game from Dennis Schröder, and how the Celtics are finally showing some fight.
29 min
142
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors crossover ep...
The Celtics take on the Raptors on Wednesday night, so John Karalis and Sean Woodley decided to chop it up and discuss each other's teams heading into the game. The big takeaways from the earlier game, what Boston has to do to avoid a repeat, Jayson Tatum's focus without Jaylen Brown, and how Pascal Siakam changes things.
35 min
143
No Ben Simmons for Jaylen Brown & why Boston Ce...
No, Ben Simmons will not be traded for Jaylen Brown. John Karalis gets into why that due diligence becomes silly reports, Jaylen's hamstring injury, the defensive statistics that show how much better the Celtics has been over the last five games, and how the Raptors will be a true test to see how good that defense is.
30 min
144
Luka Doncic rips Boston Celtics hearts out, Jay...
The Boston Celtics have once again left Dallas with a Luka Doncic-fired arrow through their hearts. Doncic's game-winner overshadowed a phenomenal game from Jayson Tatum, but that doesn't mean the Celtics have figured everything out. John Karalis discusses that, Marcus Smart's foul, and why this was still a good road trip.
33 min
145
Aaron Nesmith, Romeo Langford, Boston Celtics b...
The Celtics got their biggest win of the year, beating the Heat fairly easily behind a huge bench contribution from Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford. Jaylen Brown was good, Jayson Tatum finished strong after early struggles, but the Celtics held Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson mostly in check. John Karalis has that, and why the Celtics actually got busted in this game.
35 min
146
Boston Celtics win, Jaylen Brown was awesome, b...
The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic after they stepped up their defense in the third quarter, Jaylen Brown stayed hot, and Al Horford did a little bit of everything. But then Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bomb about a players-only meeting at halftime and suddenly the drama was back. John Karalis discusses that, Jayson Tatum's struggles, Marcus Smart's performance after his comments, and why Boston is wasting Horford's best basketball
38 min
147
Marcus Smart's comments about Jaylen Brown, Jay...
Marcus Smart had a lot to say about his Celtics teammates Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, but his comments after the loss to Chicago were about his coach, too. John Karalis explains why Smart had a good point, but bad timing on his comments. Plus, mailbag questions POURED in after the Bulls loss, so here are some answers about trades, Ime Udoka's rotations, and getting back on track.
46 min
148
A new worst Boston Celtics loss, why emotions a...
The Celtics have already had some bad losses, but this one to the Chicago Bulls takes the cake. The C's blew a 19 point lead and were outscored by almost 30 points in the fourth quarter. John Karalis breaks down what happened in the final few minutes with Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford, why emotions are to blame, and the positives like Jaylen Brown's big bounceback.
35 min
149
Jaylen Brown goes off, Jayson Tatum frustrated,...
Jaylen Brown had another great game, but Jayson Tatum was frustrated again in the Celtics 2 OT loss to the Washington Wizards. Jayson Richardson finally had a good game, Al Horford was a defensive menace, and Ime Udoka might have wanted to play the end of the first OT a little differently. Plus, John Karalis on why the 2-26 3-point shooting isn't as bad as it looks, and Ime Udoka calls coaching the C's a little like parenting.
38 min
150
State of the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Jayl...
The Boston Celtics are very hot and cold right now, so what have we seen from the Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart so far this season? John Karalis welcomes Keith Smith to discuss mental hurdles, getting caught up in emotions, COVID recoveries, and questionable fits.
55 min
151
Boston Celtics suffer another embarrassing loss...
The Boston Celtics lost another game where the team's energy and focus were being questioned. John Karalis gets into why it's now on Ime Udoka to break the Celtics of their worst habits, Jaylen Brown's weird start to the season, and how devastated Al Horford seemed to be after the game,
37 min
152
Boston Celtics missing easy offense, struggling...
The Boston Celtics are struggling a bit offensively and John Karalis knows where the Celtics can generate a few easy buckets, especially if they take advantage of Robert Williams' skills. Plus, is their defensive scheme good for the long haul? And, answering some of your mailbag questions, including a potential trade target.
35 min
153
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 71, Bost...
Jayson Tatum had an MVP-level performance, Jaylen Brown was awesome and he caught a body with his dunk on Miles Bridges, and the Boston Celtics handed LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets their first loss of the season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that plus the performances of Robert Williams and Marcus Smart and then asks Ime Udoka why Jaylen Brown wasn't involved in the final offensive possession of regulation.
34 min
154
Boston Celtics get Ime Udoka first win, Jayson ...
The Boston Celtics and Ime Udoka got their first win, beating the Houston Rockets 107-97. John Karalis gets into the big stories, including Jayson Tatum out-dueling rookie Jalen Green, Dennis Schröder finally turning a corner, Al Horford still being very good at basketball, and Grant Williams suddenly channeling his inner Steph Curry.
38 min
155
Boston Celtics mistakes, Robert Williams not hi...
31 min
156
Jaylen Brown was awesome but Boston Celtics los...
Jaylen Brown dropped a career-high 46 points but the Boston Celtics lost their season opener in double overtime to the New York Knicks. John Karalis discusses why Brown truly has earned his "pillar" status on the Celtics and why Marcus Smart's game will just cause everyone to dig in their heels. Also, notes on Jayson Tatum, Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, and more.
36 min
157
Jabari Parker BACK with Boston Celtics, plus ma...
Jabari Parker was surprisingly re-signed by the Boston Celtics. John Karalis thinks there's more to this and explains why it might have gone down this way. Plus, a look ahead to the season opener vs. New York, a look at the Locked On Network NBA power rankings, and then a quick dip into the mailbag for questions about Isaiah Thomas and how teams travel.
28 min
158
The Rainin' J's predict every Boston Celtics ga...
The absolute absurdity that is the annual Rainin' J's reunion to predict every Boston Celtics game this season returns! John Karalis, Jay King, and Sam "Jam" Packard spend way too much time going through every game of the schedule and predicting how each game will go. This is madness is just part 1. The rest of the predictions can be found on the "Anything Is Poddable" feed.
70 min
159
Ime Udoka 1-on-1, & Boston Celtics cut Jabari P...
The Boston Celtics cut Jabari Parker to get their roster down to 14 players, which is exactly what John Karalis said would happen last week. John gets into why this move made sense before sharing a one-on-one interview with Ime Udoka about how he feels about the team after the preseason, how he's getting acclimated as a head coach, and why he isn't taking time to stop and smell the roses.
35 min
160
Marcus Smart suspended by Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was suspended for the final preseason game by Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses how much of a concern this really is, and how it impacts the Celtics in their final preseason test against the Miami Heat. Plus, some mailbag questions regarding Enes Kanter and Josh Richardson.
31 min
161
Aaron Nesmith wows vs. Orlando & the race for t...
Aaron Nesmith had a big night for the Celtics in Orlando, which has John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal back on the bandwagon and calling for Ime Udoka to find meaningful minutes for him and Payton Pritchard (who may have broken his nose). Plus, why the Celtics were right to pull Juancho Hernangomez after just seven and a half minutes. And, handicapping the race for the final roster spot, and why the winner isn't even on the roster.
30 min
162
Al Horford gets COVID-19 & Boston Celtics prese...
Al Horford has come down with COVID-19 and half the team is sitting out the Wednesday night preseason game vs. Orlando. John Karalis welcomes CLNS host Josue Pavon to discuss that, Horford's importance on the team, preseason disappointments like Josh Richardson, and other preseason thoughts.
39 min
163
Boston Celtics road warriors, re-thinking Marcu...
The Boston Celtics begin a long stretch of road games with their last week of the preseason schedule that will really test who they are as a team. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the pitfalls and advantages of an early road-heavy schedule. Plus, after two preseason games, maybe Marcus Smart will play less actual point guard than we think. And then we predict how many triple doubles Jayson Tatum will have this season.
29 min
164
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart get ball popping; Im...
The Boston Celtics won their second straight preseason game and the passing from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart was a huge reason for it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into why their passing was so important, the games from Romeo Langford and Grant Williams and why they could play huge roles, and the very obvious minutes crunch that will be Ime Udoka's biggest challenge this season.
36 min
165
Ime Udoka's Boston Celtics culture, everyone lo...
Marcus Smart and Grant Williams got into it in practice on Thursday, a sign of the intensity that players are constantly talking about. John Karalis & Tom Westerholm discuss the culture-building going on in Boston, the intense love being shown by everyone for Al Horford, and the things we're looking for when the Celtics take on Toronto on Saturday night.
38 min
166
Al Horford & Dennis Schröder's critical relatio...
Al Horford and Dennis Schröder already have good chemistry, and their relationship could be critical to the success of the Boston Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks that down and then gets into some assistant coach/player pairings for player enhancement, including a very smart decision to pair Damon Stoudemire and Marcus Smart. Also, the one piece of advice Ime Udoka is giving the Celtics that we can all get on board with.
32 min
167
Robert Williams struggles with Boston Celtics d...
The Boston Celtics were switching like crazy on defense in their first preseason game, and Robert Williams struggled mightily with it. Is that a sign of something to worry about? John Karalis goes into what he saw on film, what the Celtics might be doing with their rotations, why Juancho Hernangomez started Monday, why Al Horford looked so much quicker than Williams, and where Josh Richardson fits in all of this. Plus, interesting (and somewhat encouraging) answers about the Celtics in the annual GM survey.
36 min
168
Jaylen Brown leads Boston Celtics, Romeo Langfo...
Jaylen Brown was cooking early with 16 first quarter points and Romeo Langford finished off a late comeback as the Boston Celtics won their first preseason game. John Karalis runs through the good (Brown's 25 pts, Jayson Tatum playing bully ball, the Al Horford/Dennis Schröder connection) and the bad (Josh Richardson's offense, sloppy over-passing, Marcus Smart). Plus, Jaylen goes out of his way to mention Smart in postgame comments.
37 min
169
What to watch for in 1st Boston Celtics preseas...
The Boston Celtics are getting ready to take on the Orlando Magic in their first preseason game. John Karalis runs through the stuff he is looking for, from player combinations, to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown playing off each other and on their own, to starting lineups. Plus, Ime Udoka says he's probably going to have have two captains this season, but Marcus Smart doesn't seem to care if he's one of them.
31 min
170
Marcus Smart opens up & Ime Udoka loves Al Horf...
Marcus Smart said on media day that he doesn't have to look over his shoulder anymore. John Karalis had a conversation with Smart to figure out what he meant by that. Also, Ime Udoka continues to gush about Al Horford, and a couple of his quotes from Thursday support John's takes from the Thursday podcast, especially when it comes to pace of play.
41 min
171
Jaylen Brown enjoys playing with Jayson Tatum, ...
Boston Celtics training camp rolls on and Jaylen Brown was asked about his relationship with Jayson Tatum. You'll hear his answer and John Karalis' reaction to a tired narrative. Plus, Brown and Ime Udoka discuss the day on the practice floor and John thinks he might have found a clue about the starting lineup.
38 min
172
Dennis Schröder's situation might be a little m...
What seemed to be an obvious one season sojourn for Dennis Schröder in Boston born from desperation might actually be a little more than that. John Karalis gets into how Schröder seems to have been targeted much earlier than we realized and how that could change how he and the Celtics proceed down the line.
31 min
173
Media Day! Jaylen Brown on Ime Udoka, Marcus Sm...
The Boston Celtics held their media day on Monday. John Karalis was there and has three of the biggest stories to come out Monday's session: Jaylen Brown on buying into new head coach Ime Udoka, Marcus Smart's very interesting comments on being a full-time point guard, and Robert Williams muscle watch!
31 min
174
Mailbag! A John Wall trade? Jaylen Brown, Jayso...
John Karalis returns with a mailbag of questions sent in during the break, including the Boston Celtics getting involved in a John Wall trade, Jabari Parker having a resurgence, Dennis Johnson's place in history, regular season rotations, and the offseason workouts of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
34 min
175
Brad Stevens deep dive part 7: End of the road ...
Brad Stevens shocked everyone by deciding to leave the sidelines and become the President of Basketball Operations. John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney discuss the end of the Stevens coaching era in Boston.
34 min
176
Brad Stevens deep dive part 6: Brad's bubble bu...
Brad Stevens comes out of the Kyrie Irving era with two young studs in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and the arrival of Kemba Walker, but COVID-19 creates a rough situation that spells the beginning of the end of his time on the sidelines. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon discuss.
26 min
177
Brad Stevens deep dive part 5: Kyrie Irving era...
The Kyrie Irving era ended with a thud for Boston, and the final season was the first real step backwards for Brad Stevens and his reputation. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon dive into what went wrong as Stevens struggled to deal with a difficult star.
28 min
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Brad Stevens deep dive part 4: Kyrie Irving arr...
In our latest look at the Brad Stevens coaching era, John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney move on to the Kyrie Irving era in Boston and the Gordon Hayward injury that derailed everything.
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Brad Stevens Deep Dive part 3: Al Horford teams...
Al Horford changes the game for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, coming to Boston to team up with Isaiah Thomas. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon continued their deep dive into the Brad Stevens coaching era.
31 min
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Brad Stevens deep dive part 2: Isaiah Thomas ac...
The deep dive into the Brad Stevens coaching tenure in Boston continues as the conversation between John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney extends to the Isaiah Thomas era and how he accelerated what was probably supposed to be a longer rebuilding process for Stevens and the Celtics.
28 min
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Brad Stevens deep dive part 1: Celtics hire Ste...
We begin a special 7-part series on the Brad Stevens coaching era in Boston with a look at him getting hired and how Danny Ainge jumped on the chance to bring Stevens to the NBA when he had the opportunity. John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney discuss his arrival in Boston.
30 min
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Mailbag! Retired numbers, Dennis Schröder off b...
The final mailbag of the week (there were a lot of questions!) concludes with more lineup questions, including moving Dennis Schröder off the ball, an alternative for retired numbers, and ways to find team chemistry. Plus, finding one all-time lineup that would save the earth and more questions about John's job.
43 min
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Mailbag! Trade for Ben Simmons? Awards odds? Li...
There have been so many questions submitted, that John Karalis had to get another bonus mailbag before the regular Friday Q&A. Today's questions include pursuit of a Ben Simmons trade, potential lineups and starting Juancho Hernangomez, and who might win postseason awards. Plus, what was John's moment of realization that basketball would become a full-time job?
34 min
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What are the Celtics motivations & can Ime Udok...
The Boston Celtics are about to begin an interesting year, and they could be motivated by a few different things that could shape how the season goes. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what might happen if the Celtics think they have a puncher's chance, or if they're in full evaluation or development mode. Of course, they could adjust those motivations on the fly, and it could all impact what Brad Stevens does at the trade deadline. And none of it matters if Ime Udoka can't make a meaningful connection with his team.
34 min
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Bonus mailbag! Jaylen Brown as sidekick, Dennis...
John Karalis dips into the deep bag of mailbag questions do get into Jaylen Brown's feelings about the narrative that he's Jayson Tatum's sidekick, Dennis Schröder's anticipated role, 2023 free agents and the possible pursuit of Christian Wood or Jerami Grant ... and more!
33 min
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Boston Celtics get Juancho Hernangomez. Should ...
The Boston Celtics are taking a flyer on Juancho Hernangomez, a guy John Karalis targeted earlier this offseason as a potential reclamation project. But the numbers show that he's worth a look as a starter, even if he's coming off a disaster season.
33 min
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Mailbag! Damian Lillard vs. Bradley Beal, Romeo...
John Karalis opens another mailbag to set expectations for this upcoming season (including expected stat lines for players), contemplate a comparison to the 1986 Celtics, Romeo Langford's chances, Jabari Parker as a potential "diamond in the rough," a choice between Lillard and Beal, and how teams like Brooklyn and Philadelphia spend money while Boston couldn't in certain scenarios.
36 min
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What's next for Jaylen Brown, maybe the most im...
Jaylen Brown has made some pretty remarkable improvements so far. John Karalis continues his conversation with the Globe's Chad Finn to discuss what might be next for Brown, and how he might be the most important member of the Boston Celtics this season.
36 min
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Brad Stevens, trade deadline pressure, and bein...
Brad Stevens has taken the wheel at a pivotal moment for the Boston Celtics franchise. Things look good right now, but his moves this summer were done in low-pressure circumstances. John Karalis and Chad Finn of the Boston Globe discuss whether Stevens can handle the pressure of the trade deadline, how Stevens has revealed his true feelings about some players, and how he's become a lot of what Danny Ainge wasn't over the past few seasons.
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Bonus Mailbag! Jayson Tatum's MVP case, Damian ...
There were so many questions after the last mailbag that John Karalis needed to open it back up again to get out some more answers. This week, the questions include what it would take for Jayson Tatum to win MVP, how real Damian Lillard trade talk is, how close the Celtics are to a championship, and how buyouts work.
32 min
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What do the Boston Celtics & Dennis Schröder ow...
The Boston Celtics and Dennis Schröder have entered into a wildly unique partnership. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks into what both sides owe each other as they navigate one fascinating season together.
32 min
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Mailbag! Marcus Smart most improved? Bonding on...
It's a mailbag Friday, and John Karalis dives in to answer questions about Marcus Smart for most improved player, Payton Pritchard as the 5th starter, TPE targets, an early bonding opportunity with a road-heavy start to the schedule, and when the next championship might be won.
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Payton Pritchard's minutes & deeper dive into R...
mThe Boston Celtics handed out extensions to Robert Williams and Marcus Smart that seemed good at the time, but may even look better when you take a big-picture view. John Karalis brings in Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston to take a deeper dive into those deals before debating the 5th starter and looking into the minutes distribution to figure out where Payton Pritchard actually fits.
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Brad Stevens eliminates Boston Celtics excuses ...
Brad Stevens has done a lot in his first summer at the helm of the Boston Celtics. He traded away Kemba Walker, got Al Horford back, acquired Josh Richardson and Dennis Schröder, and extended Marcus Smart and Robert Williams' contracts. But with each of those moves, Stevens also eliminated another excuse for this coming season's team. John Karalis runs all of those down, including one about Stevens himself.
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Surprise! Boston Celtics extend Josh Richardson...
Brad Stevens' busy offseason rolls on with a surprise extension of Josh Richardson's contract. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks down what it means in terms of a trade, keeping him if he ends up meshing with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in Ime Udoka's system, and creating the flexibility Stevens so badly wants.
31 min
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Boston Celtics commit to Robert Williams w/4-ye...
Robert Williams is getting a big extension: 4-years, $54 million. John Karalis looks at the numbers, why the Celtics are obviously not concerned about Williams' injury history, how this makes him the clear starter, and why a trade involving Williams this year will now be extraordinarily complicated. Also: a quick look at the upcoming schedule, including when Kevin Garnett's number will be retired.
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What if the Boston Celtics only build around Ja...
There has been a lot of talk around bringing in a third star for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but what if the plan is simply to add great role players around them and roll with the two-star plan? Who can be their Jrue Holiday? John Karalis and Keith Smith continue their conversation about where the Boston Celtics stand after the Marcus Smart extension and the Evan Fournier sign and trade, and what their options might be for building a contender.
40 min
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Where Boston Celtics stand in pursuit of 3rd st...
The Boston Celtics have gone from a team with cap space next season to an over-the-cap team after the Marcus Smart extension & Evan Fournier sign-and-trade. So where do the Celtics stand and how does this impact their pursuit of a third star like Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, or someone else? John Karalis brings cap expert Keith Smith in break down the Celtics new financial situation and how they might proceed.
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Boston Celtics blown out in summer league champ...
That's right, the departure to the New York Knicks where you thought Boston was losing Evan Fournier for nothing actually turned into a sign and trade. GET READY FOR MORE TPE TALK! John Karalis explains how Stevens has work his way into a nice offseason with his moves. Also, summer league ended with a thud for the Celtics in a blowout loss to the Sacramento Kings... here's a look at the game and some final thoughts on a generally positive summer league for the Celtics. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors!
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Marcus Smart agrees to 4-year, $77 million exte...
Marcus Smart is sticking around, agreeing to a four-year, $77 million extension to stay with the Boston Celtics. John Karalis explains why this is a good deal basketball-wise and what the ramifications are in their pursuit of a third star next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Plus, Locked On Kings host Matt George swings by for a summer league championships game preview!
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