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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.

Marcus Smart disrespected in NBA GM Survey, Bos...
The Boston Celtics had a very quiet and unassuming practice, but we heard from JD Davison about his camp. Plus, the NBA GM Survey is out and Marcus Smart got some real disrespect, especially for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Tom Westerholm to talk about those things before answering mailbag questions on why the Celtics defense looks different and why Grant Williams might not get an extension before the season starts.
50 min
Blake Griffin joins Boston Celtics & how Jayson...
Blake Griffin is officially a member of the Boston Celtics. He was with the Celtics for Monday's practice and spoke to the media. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Tom Westerholm to discuss Griffin's role and what we can expect. Plus, they go over the leftovers from the preseason opener, including initial impressions of the super-small lineup featuring Jayson Tatum at center.
42 min
Boston Celtics win preseason opener by 41 behin...
The Boston Celtics dominated in their preseason opener, shooting the lights out on their way to a 41 point win. Jaylen Brown got them going early, Sam Hauser showed why the Celtics were excited to have him, and Malcolm Brogdon showed why he's bringing balance to the team this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and more from TD Garden, including Grant Williams looking smooth, one amazingly great statistic, and one incredibly bad one.
32 min
Joe Mazzulla loves his assistant coaches, & mai...
The Boston Celtics first week of training camp is almost over, and so far, so good for Joe Mazzulla and his coaching staff. Of course, his coaching staff is Ime Udoka's coaching staff, but he seems pretty cool with how things are going. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before opening the mailbag to answer questions about Mazzulla's potential future, Robert Williams' injury and finding another big man, and adding Jae Crowder.
32 min
Malcolm Brogdon the difference-maker, and Bosto...
Day 2 of the Celtics training camp brought more good vibes, which are still very necessary, after the Ime Udoka scandal. But it might be Malcolm Brogdon who makes a huge difference early, not just with is on-court ability, but his unique perspective after all he's seen in six NBA seasons with six different head coaches. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the impact Brogdon can make, the growing pains of integrating him, and then Boston's pursuit of former assistant (now with the Clippers) Jay Larranaga. Why are they chasing him? What would that mean to the team? And what are the possible unitended consequences?
43 min
Boston Celtics get back to practice, chasing no...
The Celtics seemed eager to get back to the practice floor after the Ime Udoka saga of the past week or so. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford all seemed to be back to their usual selves, Grant Williams was helping settle down the vibes, and Luke Kornet was practicing with the starters. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was there, and brings us the details of how the team looked and felt after day 1.
35 min
Boston Celtics media day: Moving on from Ime Udoka
36 min
Ime Udoka punishment defended by Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck discussed the Ime Udoka situation, defending their handling of the investigation and punishment, and decrying the ways people on social media involved women with nothing to do with the situation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, how serious the situation must be if people like Matt Barnes are pulling back their initial support of Udoka, and why no one should be blaming the team or reporters for the social media reaction.
48 min
Boston Celtics suspend Ime Udoka for a full season
The Boston Celtics have officially suspended head coach Ime Udoka for a full season for his inappropriate, consensual relationship with a Celtics staffer. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com try to work through the lack of details to figure out how this might impact the team.
58 min
Breaking: Ime Udoka facing suspension from Bost...
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ime Udoka faces a possible "significant suspension" for a violation of team rule. What that violation is still isn't known, but this is suddenly a real test of the culture of accountability Udoka has set up.
7 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #5: What does Al ...
We're back to asking the important camp questions as the Celtics season quickly approaches. Question #5 is about Al Horford, and what he might have left in the tank. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what it might take to keep Horford healthy, why they need to treat him differently than everyone else, and why they at some point will have to start phasing him out, no matter what.
32 min
Robert Williams knee surgery: What it means for...
Robert Williams will need another surgery on his left knee ... the same one where he tore his meniscus at the end of last season. It sounds bad, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says it's probably not as bad as it sounds. What this means for him and the team, who might benefit most from him missing a month, and why Rob needs to think a little more like an old man when he plays.
32 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #4: Will Brad Ste...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our fourth question: Will Brad Stevens feel compelled to make an early move? Under what circumstances would Stevens feel that a trade in December is better for the team? Is there pressure on him to make a move early if something goes wrong rather than to wait? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that and more, including whether Danilo Gallinari could be traded.
38 min
Boston Celtics camp questions: #3 - How will Im...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our third question: How will Ime Udoka evolve as a head coach in his second season? What new twists will he add to a defense that was already one of the league's best? What can he do to juice the offense? How will the players factor into how much Udoka is able to evolve? John Karalis discusses that and more in this podcast companion to his piece on Boston Sports Journal: https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/09/12/boston-celtics-camp-questions-3-how-will-ime-udoka-evolve-in-year-two
34 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #2: Can Robert Wi...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our second question: Can Robert Williams make another big leap forward this year? What can he do to stay healthier? How can he be a bigger part of the offense? What role does Ime Udoka have in unlocking some of Rob's potential?
38 min
Camp questions: Can Boston Celtics handle expec...
Training camp opens in just a couple of weeks, so today we're starting our series of 10 camp questions (a companion podcast to the written series on Boston Sports Journal) for the Boston Celtics. John Karalis dives into question #1: Can the Celtics handle the expectations of being one of the favorites in the NBA?
32 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Grant Williams contract...
It's time for another mailbag and one of the big recurring questions is about Grant Williams getting a contract extension. Another is about who the Celtics might pursue to replace Danilo Gallinari. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers both questions, explaining why waiting on Williams makes him easier to trade, and why waiting to replace Gallo allows for an in-house candidate to grab the spot. Also, trading Payton Pritchard, advice for first time Celtics fan visitors to Boston, and more.
37 min
Is Jaylen Brown a future Hall of Famer? And Bos...
The NBA season is around the corner, which we know because of the NBA 2K player ratings that are making the rounds (and have some players upset). John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm get into that before getting into a Hall of Fame weekend discussion about how many current Celtics will make it to the Hall of Fame. Jayson Tatum seems like a lock, but what about Jaylen Brown. Is there a path for him to build a Hall of Fame resume?
33 min
Carmelo Anthony to the Boston Celtics? Sixers g...
Is Carmelo Anthony a good option for the Celtics now that Danilo Gallinari is likely to miss the season? Will he have a big enough role where it matters? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, the Sixers signing Montrezl Harrell and how that just amps up the pressure a little bit for the Celtics, and Marcus Smart's comments on his health, the Finals, and Jaylen Brown.
35 min
Mailbag Monday: Danilo Gallinari done for seaso...
It turns out Danilo Gallinari's knee injury is much worse than initially thought. The initial diagnosis of a torn meniscus was wrong, and it turned out to be a torn ACL that could cost Gallinari the whole season. So what can the Celtics do now to make up for the loss? Do they sign someone or wait? Do they spend more money? Is Carmelo Anthony an answer? What about Montrezl Harrell? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal opens up the mailbag to answer those questions and a lot more.
48 min
Donovan Mitchell traded to Cleveland Cavaliers:...
Danny Ainge is at it again, surprising everyone with a big trade by sending Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers for three unprotected picks, two swaps, Lauri Markkanen, Colin Sexton and Ochai Agbaji, How good does this really make the Cavs in the East? What kind of pressure does this put on the Celtics? Does it add even more pressure on them to perform right away? Can they raid the Jazz for any of their remaining vets? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that and more.
37 min
NBA veteran reacts to Celtics summer of Jaylen ...
We've heard from the podcasters about the events of this summer, but today we're getting an NBA veteran and champion's take on the Boston Celtics summer of rumors involving Jaylen Brown, the Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari signings, and what it means that Brogdon is coming off the bench. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a positive update on Gallinari's timeline for return.
30 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Danilo Gallinari injury...
It's a Mailbag Monday, and the big question is about the knee injury Danilo Gallinari suffered in the Eurobasket tournament over the weekend. It ended up being a torn meniscus, which means they dodged a bullet considering how bad it looked but the questions came in immediately about what it means for the Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that while also answering questions about Jaylen Brown's next contract and a potential no-trade clause, what a good season would look like, leaps for Luke Kornet and Sam Hauser, and why the ad breaks are what they are on the podcast.
37 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Jayson Tatum's wrist in...
The mailbag is overflowing, this time with questions about Jayson Tatum's recently disclosed fractured wrist, the Celtics getting a new arena (which won't happen for a while), adding homegrown talent to the team, and a podcast idea that might be really fun, or end someone's career. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com have some fun with their answers.
36 min
Kevin Durant goes back to Brooklyn. How this im...
Kevin Durant rescinded his trade request after one more meeting with the Brooklyn Nets, ending the summer-long drama that enveloped multiple teams, including the Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss Durant's decision, how this impacts the Celtics, and why the Celtics should be happy that he made this decision.
40 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Fixing Jaylen Brown's t...
Mailbag Monday brings more interesting questions, like what Jaylen Brown needs to do to cut down on his turnovers, but the numbers might not be telling the whole truth there. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, whether it's the Celtics who are planting Kevin Durant rumors, and the search for another backup big man. Plus, what happens if the league expands, and a day in the life of a beat reporter covering the team.
42 min
National TV exposure, Bill Russel tribute jerse...
The Celtics are going to be heavily featured on national television (45% of their regular season will be available nationally), how will that impact Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and even Robert Williams? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, the new Bill Russell tribute jersey being unveiled on opening night and why Matt Ryan is not coming back to the Celtics
43 min
Boston Celtics schedule released: Why the C's m...
The NBA released it schedule on Wednesday and it looks like, at least at first glance, that the Celtics might have caught a little bit of a scheduling break that will be helpful for a team coming off a deep playoff run. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains that, why December and January could be pivotal months, and why the final four games of the season could be the most important of them all.
31 min
Boston Celtics Christmas Day game set; Jaylen B...
The full NBA schedule is about to be released, but we got a few dates for the Celtics, including the opening night game against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Christmas game against the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, Jaylen Brown's recent appearance in Boston, and Grant Williams thoughts on the Kevin Durant rumors.
47 min
Mailbag: Could Jaylen Brown reject a Boston Cel...
It's a Mailbag Monday and there are still a few questions coming in about a potential trade with Brooklyn for Kevin Durant. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into whether the Jaylen Brown could reject a trade and Durant slowing down. Plus, questions about Colin Sexton, shuffling the starting lineup, Enes Kanter being out of the league, and how music can get someone ready for a basketball game.
37 min
Brooklyn's insane request in Kevin Durant/Bosto...
Brooklyn's apparent first request from Boston in a discussion for Kevin Durant was an absolutely ridiculous ask that shows maybe the Nets aren't quite serious about trading their star. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, whether the C's can eventually get away with trading for Durant without giving up Jaylen Brown, and more. First, they discuss Bill Russell's league-wide number retirement, and John floats an idea of what more the NBA can do to TRULY honor his legacy.
41 min
New Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics rumors
The Celtics just can't escape the Kevin Durant rumors. A new report this week suggests Durant wants Brooklyn's owner to choose between him or Sean Marks and Steve Nash, but that he also has a very good relationship with Ime Udoka. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal digs in his heels and says Durant has crossed over into culture killer, and Boston should avoid him. However, there is still an opening where Durant to Boston could happen.
31 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Hassan Whiteside? Matt ...
The Celtics need a backup big, and in this Mailbag Monday, the question is once again posed about whether Hassan Whiteside might be a good option. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal once again gives a difinitive answer about him and others, and why this is such a precarious situation for this year's team. Plus, Matt Ryan's future, Carsen Edwards clearly taking John's advice, and why aspiring podcasters should do the same when John answers the question about podcasters just getting started.
46 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown's future, Tacko Fall retu...
Time to dip back into the mailbag, beginning with Jaylen Brown questions regarding an extension, a new contract, and his name being in trade rumors. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers questions about Tacko Fall returning in a backup role, playing with pace, why 90's basketball wasn't good, and why not even the best college team ever could beat the worst NBA team ever.
37 min
Jayson Tatum BS rumors, Boston Celtics big man ...
An anonymous GM suggested trading Jayson Tatum for Kevin Durant and suddenly a rumor that will never actually happen arrives out of nowhere. Should we even pay attention to these kinds of stories, or is it just something that fills time? Plus, are the Celtics are playing some kind of game when it comes to their back up big situation? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss those things before talking more about Bill Russell and the proper way to honor his legacy.
44 min
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has died
The world suffered a staggering loss when Bill Russell, a champion on and off the court, died over the weekend. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal shares some of the impact Russell had on the game and as a civil rights leader. Through the worst of times, Russell channeled his energy to winning on the floor. It was the one thing they could never take away.
26 min
Jaylen Brown should take rumors as a compliment...
We turned the podcast over to you, sort of, and asked what topics should be discussed on this Friday show. You came up with dispelling the notion that being sought after is a bad thing when it comes to Jaylen Brown and trade rumors. Plus, a look at contract incentives and a few minutes of Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis talking about his own playing career.
36 min
Jaylen Brown/Kevin Durant rumors: The what-ifs ...
The Celtics made news earlier this week by being linked to the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, but what makes anyone think Durant, a friend of Kyrie Irving's, would want to play in Boston? What about Jaylen Brown's off-court endeavors? Are they work it? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss some of the what ifs regarding this deal, and how they should approach that possibility.
47 min
Jaylen Brown/Kevin Durant rumors, new details, ...
Some new details came out about the potential timing of the Boston Celtics discussion with the Brooklyn Nets about a possible Jaylen Brown trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss whether that changes their takes on a potential trade. Plus, Jayson Tatum weighs in on the matter, and we question whether the opinions of rival GMs should be trusted.
48 min
Jaylen Brown, Kevin Durant trade rumors: What's...
Jaylen Brown was once again brought up in connection to a Kevin Durant trade, but what's really going on this time? Is there smoke leading to a fire, or is this some kind of posturing that's sucking the Celtics into a rumor? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss why this rumor popped off when it did, the possible ramifications, what Brooklyn might be trying to accomplish, and directions where this might go.
46 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Dwight Howard, Derrick ...
It's time for a Mailbag Monday, and in this one, we're wondering if the Celtics should sign Dwight Howard as a backup big. Plus, Derrick White scenrios, including trading him away, reunions with old role players, and John Karalid dips into his past for some of his own personal favorite trash talk.
40 min
Breaking down the Eastern Conference & where Bo...
There are obviously some big potential moves hanging around the NBA right now (Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant), but free agency is mostly over. Where do the Celtics stand? Who are the other power players? Who's in the playoffs? Who jumps out of the play in? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Locked On Raptors host Sean Woodley to discuss how the conference shakes out rigth now.
43 min
Grant Williams gets spicy about Boston Celtics ...
Grant Williams jumped onto Duncan Robinson's podcast to discuss a bunch of topics, including his own improvement. But the biggest headine came when he declared the Golden State Warriors weren't better than the Celtics and that they were the more disciplined deam. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss Grant's podcast appearance, why players who are doing these podcasts are still the media, and other Grant's fawning over Sam Hauser's jumper. Grant Williams jumped onto Duncan Robinson's podcast to discuss a bunch of topics, including his own improvement. But the biggest headine came when he declared the Golden State Warriors weren't better than the Celtics and that they were the more disciplined deam. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss Grant's podcast appearance, why players who are doing these podcasts are still the media, and other Grant's fawning over Sam Hauser's jumper.
46 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Summer signings, John C...
The mailbag (JohnKaralis.com/mailbag) was full, so John Karalis emptied it by answering questions about Matt Ryan, Mfiondu Kabengele, going Euro to find a big, internal improvement, making the schedule, and potentially moving Payton Pritchard. Also, a rant on how people don't really know what the media is, and why players shouldn't pay attention to what is said about them.
39 min
Boston Celtics let Evan Fournier TPE expire. No...
The Celtics no longer have the $17.1 million Evan Fournier traded player exception, choosing to let it expire at midnight without being used. So now what? John Karalis and Keith Smith discuss why this made sense and the thought process behind filling the few remaining holes on the roster. Also, Keith suggests some big men Boston can get, which nearly kills John in the process.
54 min
Boston Celtics have impressive summer leaguers....
The Celtics got impressive performances from JD Davison, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Juhann Begarin to end the summer, but no one should be safe from a trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses why the Celtics should be open to moving these guys for the right immediate help. Also, an abbreviated Mailbag Monday gets us a question about Al Horford as player/coach.
37 min
JD Davison goes off for Boston Celtics in summe...
The Celtics got a monster performance from JD Davison on Thursday, showing some impressive growth over the week. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss what a performance like this means for him. Also, was Matt Ryan's DNP a good sign? What kind of coaching job has Ben Sullivan done? And John takes a detour through Phoenix for a quick discussion about the Deandre Ayton situation.
38 min
Boston Celitcs lineup w/Malcolm Brogdon, Danilo...
How important is summer league for this Celtics team, really? Are fans really that invested in what happens in Las Vegas? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Chuck McKenney, co-founder of RedsArmy.com and diehard Celtics fan to discuss where fans might actually be focused in July. What was the reaction to getting Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, how does it impact Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart? What does Ime Udoka do with the offense with better players around from the begining? And how does he deploy Brogon and Gallinari when the season starts?
49 min
Boston Celtics summer standouts & Brad Stevens ...
The Boston Celtics won again in Summer League, and even though Matt Ryan and Sam Hauser didn't play, there were some good shooting performances. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss who really has a chance at sticking around and why, before moving onto Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka flat out saying they're looking to add another big to the roster. Stevens says he's allowed to keep spending, so how will he do it?
36 min
Celtics win wild summer league game, rooting fo...
The Boston Celtics won one of the most ridiculous summer league games you'll ever see -- hell, one of the most ridiculous games in general you'll ever see -- thanks to a Matt Ryan buzzer beater. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs us through the wild twists in the fourth quarter and then discusses why Ryan is so easy to root for. Plus, Grant Williams talks about his potential extension and Malcolm Brogdon talks about being the sixth man.
32 min
Boston Celtics tough Summer League start, big l...
The Boston Celtics had a tough start to their summer league, with Sam Hauser really struggling to shoot it, but Matt Ryan filling it up. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the first game and explains why Hauser is fine, and has ways to show his worth. Plus, we dip into the mailbag to show why the luxury tax situation is really putting a damper on the back up big signings. Also, can Celtics owners find a new building? What lineups should we look forward to? And where does Pritchard fit?
36 min
Should Boston Celtics bring Aron Baynes back?
Aron Baynes is working out for teams in Las Vegas after missing a lot of time due to a freak spinal cord injury. Should the Celtics be pushing for a reunion? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that one "if" that needs to be answered, and why a healthy Baynes could be the answer to the backup center Boston is looking for. Also, what should we be looking for from Sam Hauser in Las Vegas? And a conversation with Locked On Pacers host Tony East about Malcolm Brogdon and what Boston should expect.
36 min
Boston Celtics need a backup big. Get one now, ...
The Boston Celtics have made some really good moves by getting Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, but it's pretty widely determined that they still need a backup big man. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss the final hole in Boston's roster, how it might be filled, and why waiting seems like the best answer.
37 min
Boston Celtics head to summer league. Can Sam H...
The Celtics are heading to summer league, and on Tuesday, the team held a media availability where JD Davison spoke. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss expect proper expectations for summer league, whether Sam Hauser or JD Davison can stand out, the choice Davison has to make about his future, and Grant Williams making an appearance as an official.
45 min
Where do Boston Celtics stand in East after sta...
The NBA is waiting on the Kevin Durant trade to happen to see who can hop in and maybe cash in on some dumped contracts (including Boston), so a lot can change, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is giving an early look at where teams stand in the East after their acquisitions of Danilo Galinari and Malcolm Brogdon.
35 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Malcolm Brogdon, Kevin ...
The Boston Celtics added Malcolm Brogdon, but how does that impact Marcus Smart? Will they flip Brogdon in Kevin Durant trade? John Karalis answers those listener questions and more (submitted at JohnKaralis.com/mailbag), including possible creative uses for the TPE and one player John absolutely does not want under any circumstances.
31 min
Boston Celtics add Danilo Gallinari, Malcolm Br...
The Celtics made a lot of noise on Friday, trading for Malcolm Brogdon (using Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, and other contracts plus a first round pick) and signing Danilo Gallinari (usng the MLE). What does this mean for Marcus Smart? What's next? Is Brad Stevens just better at this job than his last one? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss.
44 min
Boston Celtics quiet on free agency day 1, wait...
The Celtics were pretty quiet on day 1 of free agency, but the rest of the league was pretty busy throwing money around, Kevin Durant's trade request was the most shocking part of the day, and it could be something that gives the Cetlics a chance to pounce on some needed bench help. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at how the C's can take advantage of a CBA quirk with their TPE. Also, some of the day 1 signings which kept Boston on the sideline, and who is left that could be intriguing.
29 min
Why didn't Boston Celtics trade for Dejounte Mu...
A common question after the Dejounte Murray trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks is whether the Cetlics could have gone for him at the trade deadline instead of Derrick White. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss why they didn't, as well as how the Celtics might take advantage of the deal to go after role players on either team.
41 min
Boston Celtics trade target, Will Hardy leaving...
Will Hardy is becoming the head coach of the Utah Jazz, and but there's one other assistant coach on the Celtics bench who can be the biggest winner in this transaction. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, John's preferrred TPE target, and Marcus Smart's comments about the Finals and him being the starting point guard.
45 min
Mailbag: Looking at Boston Celtics Finals failu...
Mailbag Monday was moved to Tuesday and this batch of questions mostly focused on Boston's failures in the Finals. John Karalis spins it all forward to see how these things that went wrong will color the way the team and the front office can fix the issues. Among the topics, trust and the turnovers, the short turnaround, bench help, and Boston's home playoff issues.
35 min
Boston Celtics trade debate: Jaylen Brown for K...
The Kyrie Irving saga has caused some people to take things in Brooklyn a step further and start speculating who might trade for Kevin Durant if he wants out. Would you trade Jaylen Brown (and someone else to make the money work) for Durant? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss why they think it's appealing but not the best idea. Plus, why did Yam Madar pull out of summer league?
54 min
Boston Cetlics draft JD Davison, say moving int...
It was a quiet NBA draft for the Boston Celtics, who didn't move into the first round as some rumors suggested they might. Instead, they said that was too costly of a move, so they stuck with the 53rd pick and drafted JD Davison instead. John Karalis explains why Davison might have been the pick, and the wide range of possibilities for him, including why he could end up being a summer league darling. Plus, moves some of the competition made that could impact Boston.
35 min
Boston Celtics draft rumors: trading into first...
There are rumors starting to swirl involving the Boston Celtics, including some chatter that the Celtics might be poking around getting back into the first round in pursuit of LSU's Tari Eason. John Karalis gets into why that would be an interesting choice, but also very on brand for a team looking to fill its roster with versatile wing defenders. Also, there are a bunch of other rumors and names floating around, including Nicolas Batum, Gordon Hayward (who would be great, but is very difficult to get) and of course -- Bradley Beal (don't get your hopes up).
31 min
Brad Stevens talks Boston Celtics team building...
Brad Stevens talked to the media Tuesday about a lot, including the fragile nature of teams and why the Celtics have to be careful about how they add to the team so as not to mess with the team's identity. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal shares the clips of Brad Stevens addressing that, some of the team's specific needs, and the path of individual improvment and why that has to be done a certain way as well.
32 min
Boston Celtics offseason needs, questions, and ...
The Boston Celtics are set up nicely to return to the NBA Finals, but this is a critical summer to make sure that happens. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Keith Smith to discuss the Celtics cap situation, the biggest question about Ime Udoka that will shape how Brad Stevens proceeds this summer, the ways the Celtics can get the kinds of players they need, and a lot more.
40 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag Monday: Jayson Tatum, ro...
The offseason, sadly, is upon us, so we're diving into the mailbag to answer a few questions about Jayson Tatum, roster building, sports psychology, and more. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has the answers, and you can ask your own question at JohnKaralis.com/mailbag.
39 min
Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022: Picks 1-6 With Ra...
41 min
Boston Celtics lose Game 6, Golden State Warrio...
The Celtics lost Game 6 in familiar fashion to the Golden State Warriors. The turnovers burned them once again, and now the season is ove. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was at the Garden with the loss, the tough lessons the Celtics are learning, and an appreciatin of the team.
33 min
Boston Celtics in right frame of mind heading i...
The Celtics held practice and the team looked loose but focused. Are they in the right frame of mind heading into Game 6? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston to discuss what they saw at practice, their confidence level, whether Boston can learn their hard lessons now rather than after a loss, and more.
44 min
How the Boston Cetlics win Game 6, fatigue a fa...
The Celtics are on the verge of losing out on a championship, but all hope is not lost. There's a way to win Game 6, but it involves everyone forgetting a lot about the series and treating Game 5 like it was the Knicks loss in January. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that, the fatigue that is very obviously an issue for Boston right now, and making sure these guys get the respect they deserve right now.
37 min
Boston Celtics start and finish terribly, lose ...
The Boston Celtics first and fourth quarters were awful, and the Celtics fell apart after taking a lead on the Golden State Warriors. A Jordan Poole buzzer beater gave the Warriors the lead and the momentum, and Boston kept turning the ball over, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why it's something Ime Udoka said after the game that he hasn't really said before that is the most troubing.
31 min
Boston Celtics making Game 5 all about the offe...
A lot of the talk at practice on Sunday was about how the Celtics could defend Steph Curry better after his moster 43 point Game 4, but the Celtics didn't seem too worried about that. Instead, they were focused a lot more on their own offense as the most pressing issue to correct. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Brian Robb of MassLive discuss that, whether there are any adjustments to be made at this point, and how Ime Udoka might approach Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
35 min
Boston Celtics offense stalls, Steph Curry goes...
Steph Curry was awesome in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but the Boston Celtics still had a chance to overcome his amazing performance. Instead, they spent the final five minutes of the game getting outscored by 15, and losing the game by 10. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is inside the TD Garden and has some tough words for a team that admitted they got too stagnant.
25 min
Boston Celtics daring Steph Curry to beat them?...
The Boston Celtics defense on Steph Curry has been a topic of some debate, with some quesstioning whether the Celtics need to change things. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that, and John argues that the drop coverage is part of a plan to dare Curry to beat Boston all by himself. Plus, more love for Robert Williams and some really dumb accusations of dirty play against Al Horford.
46 min
Boston Celtics big 4th quarter puts them two wi...
The Boston Celtics looked good to start the game, but the typical third quarter from the Golden State Warriors made it feel like things were falling apart again. This time, though, they found the energy to pull through and pull away in the fourth. John Karalis explains why the home court was really an advantage, why Robert Williams was the key to the win, and how Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart all had big roles in the Game 3 win.
31 min
Boston Celtics Game 3 adjustments, NBA Finals m...
The NBA Finals move to Boston for Game 3 and things are wildly different for the Boston Celtics (and everyone) which certainly messes with everyone's routine. But the message to the team is simple when it comes to turnovers. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the new atmosphere around the Finals and where the Celtics can clean things up. Plus, Ime Udoka's message about handling Draymond Green and their complete confidence in the team winning.
42 min
Boston Celtics trying to do too much, which get...
All of the turnovers, the rushed shots, the defensive miscues ... they can all be boiled down to one thing: trying to do too much. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss all the basketball from Game 2, but begin by addressing all the calls to discuss the officiating.
40 min
Boston Celtics burned by turnovers, Golden Stat...
The Boston Celtics had a familiar story to tell about their loss in Game 2 to the Golden State Warriors. Once again, it was turnovers that told the story and a monster Warriors 3rd quarter. John Karalis is at Chase Center to break down the loss, and the one thing the Celtics can do to take control of the Finals
33 min
Boston Celtics 3 wins from a championship - Fee...
The Boston Celtics are three wins away from a championship that no one expected to compete for. John Karalis is joined by comedy writer, podcast host, and lifeling Celtics fan Demetri Pappas to discuss things from a fan's perspective, including still feeling nervous, missing out on the normal feelings of rooting for a contender, Derrick White's dad strength, John's transition from fan to reporter, his style of questioning, and more.
63 min
Boston Celtics nearly perfect 4th quarter, how ...
The Boston Celtics played a nearly perfect fourth quarter in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. How did they do it? Was Draymond Green right when the said the Warriors were alright? What changes do the Warriors need to make? John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that and more in a bonus Saturday podcast.
39 min
Boston Celtics 4th quarter comeback steals Game...
The Celtics allowed Steph Curry to go off for 21 first quarter points and they lost the third quarter to the Golden State Warriors by 14, but they went on a fourth quarter run fueled by Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Derrick White, and Marcus Smart on their way to a 40-16 final period and a big win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. John Karalis discusses that, the defensive adjustment on Steph Curry that helped slow him down, Jayson Tatum's bad shooting but good everything else night and more.
38 min
How do Boston Celtics win the NBA Finals offens...
The Boston Celtics are going to have a tough time with the Golden State Warriors, which shouldn't be surprising in the NBA Finals. John Karalis goes into what the Celtics need to do to win the series on offense and on defense. Plus, Robert Horry on the NBA Finals.
35 min
Boston Celtics-Golden State Warriors NBA Finals...
The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will begin what should be a great NBA Finals series on Thursday. On today's show, John Karalis and Locked On Warriors host Cyrus Saatsaz preview the series by looking at what the keys to winning are, which team has the better defense, the turnover battle, and more. Also, two very different predictions for the outcome.
43 min
Boston Celtics-Miami Heat finishing touches, Go...
The Boston Celtics are going to the NBA Finals but there are a few loose ends from the Miami Heat Eastern Conference Semifinal series to tie up, like the end of game execution and the conversation around Marcus Smart. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that, have some early thoughts on the Warriors series, and wonder whether Robert Williams knee injury might be the difference in the Finals.
36 min
Boston Celtics win Game 7, are headed to the NB...
The Boston Celtics didn't make it easy on themselves, but then again, they never do. They built a big lead but then nearly gave it all back late in Game 7 against the Miami Heat. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into what happened, why the Celtics still need to fix things with their late game execution, Al Horford finally earning a trip to the Finals, and why it's ok to take a day to just celebrate this.
32 min
Boston Celtics can't close out Miami Heat thank...
The Boston Celtics turned the ball over too much (again) and they let Jimmy Butler get too comfortable, too early on his way to a 47 point night that buried Boston in Game 2. John Karalis is at the Garden to discuss the missed opportunity and how anything can happen now that the Game 7 is being played in Miami.
24 min
Boston Celtics turnaround, growth, Ime Udoka im...
The Boston Celtics have gone from an 11th seed in January to on the verge of the NBA Finals. How did they really get there? What impact did Ime Udoka really have? What's Al Horford's real influence on this team? John Karalis joined by former 13 year NBA veteran and Locked On NBA analyst Antonio Daniels to discuss all that and look at the Celtics heading into Game 6 against the Miami Heat. Plus, what's the long-term impact of some of these injuries Boston is dealing with?
37 min
Boston Celtics bounce back in 2nd half, beat Mi...
Thing started pretty poorly for the Boston Celtics, but they recovered very well after halftime and they ran away Game 5 against a battered Miami Heat team. It looked like the same old story for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, but they led a big charge after halftime and Boston never looked back. John Karalis (who is battling a voice issue) runs through the big turning point in the game, the halftime discussion that changed things, Boston's amazing defense, and why there is no Game 6 in this series, just a pair of Game 7's.
27 min
Robert Williams, Boston Celtics defensive menac...
The Boston Celtics are in Miami for a critical Game 5 and the plan cannot be any simpler for them: protect the ball and win. Also, a look at one play that shows why Robert Williams is a defensive menace and key to Boston's chances. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that and more.
41 min
Boston Celtics blow out Miami Heat, even ECF at...
The Boston Celtics went wire-to-wire in their blowout of the Miami Heat to even the series at 2 games apiece. Derrick White and Jayson Tatum did the job on offense while the Celtics defense behind Robert Williams and Al Horford make life very uncomfortable for the Heat. John Karalis discusses that, why he wants these weird, wild swings of the series to end, and why the Celtics shouldn't take the Heat too lightly in Game 5
31 min
Boston Celtics turnovers impacted by Robert Wil...
The Boston Celtics have turned the ball over way too much in Game 3, and that might have a lot to do with Robert Williams not being out there. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that, why this part of the series (and the playoffs) is entirely about the mental edge, and why still hating on Marcus Smart at this point just doesn't make sense.
42 min
Turnovers kill Boston Celtics in regrettable lo...
The Boston Celtics gave up 33 points off 24 turnovers in their Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat. Jaylen Brown had 7 and Jayson Tatum had 6. John Karalis explains why there's not much more analysis necessary beyond that right now.
16 min
Boston Celtics blow out Miami Heat in Game 2
The Celtics blew the doors off the Miami Heat in Game 2, following a similar script in this series as the last one. Boston got hot from 3 early on, but their stifling defense was on full display as well, and for the first time in a long time, it was powered by their normal starting 5. John Karalis in in FTX Arena with that, why this win was exacty what he expected, and one aspect of it that is actually of concern heading into Game 3.
34 min
Boston Celtics mistakes that can be corrected f...
The Boston Celtics made a lot of mistakes in Game 1 against the Miami Heat, and a lot of them are correctable. A lot of them came in the halfcourt, especially in the third quarter, but a very important part of this came much earlier in the game that made the third quarter possible. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the breakdowns and what can be fixed heading into Game 2.
44 min
Boston Celtics have one disaster quarter, drop ...
35 min
Boston Celtics-Miami Heat crossover preview wit...
The Celtics and Heat jump right into their first round series on Tuesday night. What are the key matchups? Who will the best player in the series be? Who will be second? Will the Celtics get stumped by Miami's crazy defenses? Will the Heat get picked on by Boston's offensive stars? John Karalis is joined by Dave Ramil and Wes Golberg of Locked on Heat to break down the whole series.
52 min
Grant Williams goes off, Boston Celtics win Gam...
Grant Williams had the game of his life, a career-high 27points to help beat them Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 and advance to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses Grants big night, the third quarter stretch where this game was actually won, and the biggest mistake the Bucks made that really cost them Game 7.
33 min
Jayson Tatum scores 46, Boston Celtics force Ga...
The Boston Celtics forced a Game 7 with the Milwaukee Bucks behind 46 points from Jayson Tatum. His fourth quarter takever help carry the team over Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 44 of his own. John Karalis discusses Tatum's superstar night, Marcus Smart bouncing back after a bad finish to Game 5, and why the start time for Game 7 might help the Celtics.
28 min
Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart, Grant Williams al...
The day after the Game 5 loss didn't bring much relief as a review of the game shows even more mind-boggling mistakes. What were Marcus Smart and Grant Williams doing in some of these plays? John Karalis and Tom Westerholm run back through some of the more confusing moments, including an in-depth look at why that last halfcourt play didn't work, and why these guy keep taking themselves out of games.
47 min