Locked On Celtics - Daily Podcast On ...

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.

The next two months will tell us everything abo...
The Boston Celtics have gone through two bad months and two good months. With a little less than two months to go, what we see moving forward will ultimately define this Celtics season. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm explain why they're ready to chalk up the loss to Indiana to just a tough situation, but also explain why they can't do that moving forward. Also, style of play vs. actual wins, which is more important in the long run?
38 min
Boston Celtics split weekend with Indiana Pacer...
The Celtics played ugly and won against Detroit and then played ugly and lost to the Indiana Pacers, but it was different kinds of ugly. John Karalis gets into how the Celtics allowed a young, fast, Pacers team get comfortable and hot, how they got sucked into a mismatch-hunting slog against Detroit, and how some questionable decisions by Ime Udoka played into it.
33 min
Boston Celtics fun again, blow out Brooklyn Net...
The Boston Celtics are fun again, which we saw in their blowout of the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal share a fun Jayson Tatum moment, why the team's focus on defense is fueling the fun, and how it's leading to a lot of other things they're doing well. Plus, if things go right for Boston moving forward, will there be Coach of the Year votes in Ime's future?
37 min
Robert Williams' importance, Boston Celtics 50 ...
The Boston Celtics were back on the practice floor Wednesday, John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss how Robert Williams has risen to the team's 3rd most important player, why the Thursday game against Brooklyn is a must-win game, and how the Celtics have a legitimate path to 50 wins this season.
41 min
Inside the creation of the Boston Celtics 75th ...
The Boston Celtics have released their 75th Anniversary team -- a group of 15 representing the entirety of Boston Celtics history. John Karalis is joined by Jeff Twiss and Marc D'Amico of the Boston Celtics to discuss how the idea of a 15-man team came about, the voting process, and some names that didn't make the list but were close. Also, how a few fans won a special prize by nailing a perfect ballot.
53 min
East play-in team roundtable (Celtics, Raptors,...
The hosts of the five teams in (or close to) the play-in tournament (Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, and Atlanta Hawks) got together for a special edition roundtable to discuss how they all got into this predicament, which teams have the best chance of avoiding the play-in, which teams have the best chances of surviving, and which teams seem to be fading away. Also, how the hell did the Nets end up joining this group?
44 min
Jayson Tatum's All-Star weekend more about matu...
Jayson Tatum's All-Star weekend was about a whole lot more than basketball. His exposure to some of the greats of the game gave him a bit of a humbling experience that could help him in the long run. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss that and Tatum's comments on the JJ Redick podcast about him and Jaylen Brown playing together, Plus, ways to fix a broken All-Star Saturday and the dunk contest.
47 min
Jayson Tatum wants more recognition for monster...
43 min
Trap game traps Boston Celtics in loss to Detro...
The Celtics messed around a little too much with the Detroit Pistons and they got burned by it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the loss, the obvious trap set for them tonight, and the lesson they learned by falling into that trap. Plus, the one thing Boston needs to be if they're going to be a good team for the long haul.
32 min
Boston Celtics blow out Philadelphia 76ers, mak...
The Boston Celtics didn't just win their ninth straight game last night in Philadelphia, they won by 50. This was as loud a statement as there could be by the Celtics to let the Eastern Conference know they're back. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains the statement that was made, they key point that would have gone very differently a month or so ago, and how this elite defense gives Boston a chance to surprise.
34 min
Derrick White's weekend, his fit with Boston Ce...
Taking a closer look at Derrick White's weekend for the Boston Celtics, how he fits with the rest of the team, and why it might have been the perfect way to debut with John Karalis and Tom Westerholm. Plus, who we trust from this team to be part of a championship contender, and why the next steps for Brad Stevens are so important.
38 min
Derrick White debuts for Boston Celtics, winnin...
Derrick White made his surprising debut Friday night for the Celtics, and immediately showed by Boston wanted him. He was big against the Denver Nuggets and he did a lot of the little things against the Atlanta Hawks to help the Celtics extend their winning streak to 8 games. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through White's debut and the keys to beating Denver and Atlanta, which got Boston into 6th place all alone in the East.
36 min
Boston Celtics trade for Derrick White: What's ...
The Boston Celtics have traded for Derrick White. So what is Boston getting in this trade? In this bonus, crossover edition with Locked On Spurs host Jeff Garcia, we hear about White's demeanor, his defensive abilities, his plusses and minuses on offense, and why his familiarity with Ime Udoka is so important
35 min
Boston Celtics trade analysis: Derrick White, D...
The Boston Celtics were very active at the trade deadline. Making three deals. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm break down the two big trades , how Derrick White fits in Boston, what bringing Theis in means, and how this shapes Boston's future.. including the reason why the 2028 pick swap wasn't random.
45 min
Evolution of the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart, ...
The Celtics are growing as a team, so John Karalis brought on former San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers video coordinator Mo Dakhil to discuss how they're playing differently, Marcus Smart's future as a point guard, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum growing and trusting their teammates, and Ime Udoka's growth as a head coach.
40 min
Boston Celtics destroy Brooklyn Nets, does this...
The Boston Celtics used an incredible 28-2 start to the game to power an easy win over the decimated Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night. John Karalis gets into what built that huge lead (hint: Jaylen Brown), why the Celtics lost a lot of it (hint: Dennis Schröder), and why doubling Jayson Tatum so much helped enforce a very valuable lesson for him and Brown as they take their next steps. Plus, how much does this streak influence Brad Stevens' trade deadline decisions?
35 min
Boston Celtics trade rumors, and how people ove...
The Boston Celtics have a chance to make a significant move in the standings and get to where most of us actually expected to be this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Tom Westerholm of Boston.com to discuss that, where the Celtics are, the overreactions to Ime Udoka and more. Plus, the trade rumors involving Marcus Smart and Dennis Schröder, why moving Josh Richardson would be a mistake, the potential for Grant Williams to be moved, and why Celtics could be heading down a Phoenix Suns model towards contention rather than the Brooklyn Nets model.
48 min
Boston Celtics are what Ime Udoka envisioned af...
The Boston Celtics blew out the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons (I'm looking right past garbage time) this weekend and they are starting to resemble the kind of team Ime Udoka had envisioned. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, the biggest impact guys from the game, including Dennis Schroder's big contribution off the bench, and the whole concept of the nameless, faceless opponent... which leads to a very confused Jaylen Brown and a hilarious exchange.
33 min
An interview with Boston Celtics legend Kevin G...
Kevin Garnett is a Hall of Famer and he was recently named to both the NBA's and Celtics' 75th Anniversary Teams. Next month, he'll have his number 5 retired by the Boston Celtics. On Thursday, Kevin Garnett had a conversation with the Boston media, including John Karalis of the Boston Sports Journal. Here is a wide-ranging conversation about his time in Boston, his intensity, his work ethic, and a lot more.
30 min
Boston Celtics keep composure, close out Charlo...
The Boston Celtics actually did the right things down the stretch turning the same old story about a C's collapse into a fun story about a clutch win over a decent Charlotte team. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks down that fourth quarter stretch, discusses the stars of the game like Josh Richardson and Robert Williams and how Jaylen Brown's late performance was very encouraging. Plus, the standings watch that shows Boston has a real chance to pass some teams here.
31 min
Boston Celtics trade rumors: Could Jaylen Brown...
A new report from Steve Bulpett suggests Jaylen Brown could be the one who asks out of Boston if this season continues to go poorly. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss how serious this rumor might be and why this sounds a lot like executives having the same take that's been out there for a while.
36 min
Boston Celtics crush Miami Heat, Jayson Tatum &...
The Boston Celtics got a little lucky, and they got a little loose, but after a timeout and a tongue-lashing from Ime Udoka, the Celtics got a blowout win over the Miami Heat. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the Marcus Smart effect for the Celtics, the pairing with Schröder that nearly derailed the game, Tatum and Brown keeping up with Smart and starting to play at a good pace, and their steps forward as leaders. And, with January over, a look at what was a successful month and the strong finish awaiting Boston.
39 min
Boston Celtics split weekend with Atlanta Hawks...
The Boston Celtics got confused by a zone defense again against New Orleans, but big games from Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart helped hold off the Pelicans. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and a look at the loss to Atlanta where the Celtics turned it over way too much and settled to much for jumpers. But Ime Udoka also settled when it came to lineups. Plus, why this January stretch for the Celtics could be a big chance to catch some NBA teams napping
30 min
Boston Celtics trade mailbag: John Collins, Joh...
Ending the week with a mailbag full of Boston Celtics trade scenarios including John Collins, John Wall, Joe Ingles, Justin Holiday, and Colin Sexton. Who is realistic? Who is a really bad idea? Financial implications. All that and more! Plus, should Jayson Tatum play the 4 more and which Celtic do I want backing me up in a fight?
31 min
Jayson Tatum attacking, Boston Celtics defense,...
Jayson Tatum's numbers at the rim have growing, and the last three games have been elite. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what's making Tatum so good lately and what he wants to see next. Plus, what's making the Celtics defense so good and why aren't the Celtics throwing Robert Williams more lobs? You'll hear directly from Ime Udoka on Tatum and Rob's impact, and Robert Williams on catching alley oops.
28 min
Boston Celtics get 66 points from Jayson Tatum ...
The Boston Celtics, somewhat shockingly, did just about everything right in a nearly 60 point blowout of the Sacramento Kings. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the play of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who were able to go off together. Also, Marcus Smart's major impact without scoring a single point, why Tatum loves Robert Williams so much, and whether this performance is an actual sign of a turnaround, or another fakeout.
34 min
Boston Celtics trade rumors: Dennis Schröder, J...
The rumor mill is churning ahead of the NBA trade deadline, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a look at a few of the bigger rumors out there involving the Celtics. How active are the C's expected to be and how does Dennis Schröder's recent downturn in minutes factor into all of this? Why is Jaylen Brown still being mentioned in Ben Simmons trade rumors? And why Harrison Barnes makes a good amount of sense in a deal with the Kings.
30 min
Jayson Tatum scores 51, Boston Celtics get blow...
Jayson Tatum is officially out of his shooting slump. He dropped 51 points on the Wizards in a much-needed Celtics blowout win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what got Tatum going and what helped Tatum break out of his slump. Plus, Marcus Smart's huge impact, especially in the third quarter, and why what he was able to provide could help avoid a meltdown like we saw against the Trail Blazers.
30 min
Boston Celtics trades: Juancho Hernangomez trad...
The Celtics look like they're set up to make a few more deals after trading Juancho Hernangomez to the San Antonio Spurs, getting Bol Bol and PJ Dozier in return. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Keith Smith of Spotrac and CelticsBlog run through some of the final details of the Hernangomez trade, including why the Celtics didn't just go for Bryn Forbes. Also, what's next for Brad Stevens and the Celtics, the potential for a Dennis Schröder trade, and is the timing right to move Al Horford too?
48 min
Boston Celtics stop attacking, get cold from 3,...
The Boston Celtics lost to the Charlotte Hornets in a game they probably should have won. John Karalis explains why the Celtics lack of attack continues to hurt the team, especially on a night where they shot 30% from 3 but scored most of their 2-point buckets in the paint. Also, why their lack of attacking hurts them defensively, and why it's costing them easy opportunities overall.
33 min
Juancho Hernangomez traded, Boston Celtics gaug...
Juancho Hernangomez has been traded in a big salary-clearing move that brings Bol Bol and PJ Dozier back -- at least for now. John Karalis explains why the trade appears to have been made and what the next possible move might be. Plus, the Celtics are apparently starting to gauge the value of their players on the trade market, except for Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Robert Williams. And, the Celtics have a chance to make a real run if they can just play the right way against Charlotte.
31 min
Boston Celtics beat New Orleans Pelicans behind...
The Boston Celtics were asleep for most of their early MLK Day game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but they woke up in time to pull away in the fourth quarter. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why this would be just a normal game for most teams, but the Celtics haven't earned the right to be treated that way. Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schröder were the big 4th quarter catalysts but Jaylen Brown had a hand in things as well while Aaron Nesmith provided a big energy boost. Plus, the Celtics are still somehow in the mix in the Eastern Conference, but only if they change their focus on offense.
34 min
Boston Celtics, Robert Williams come up clutch ...
The Celtics looked like they were on their way to another soul-crushing loss to an under-manned team, but Robert Williams came up with a clutch stretch and the Celtics actually came back in the clutch to win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that, the underrated games from Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, and how Jayson Tatum didn't let a rough shooting night take his focus away from his defense. This was the opposite of what happened against Philly, but John explains why the Celtics being so afraid of a shot blocker set themselves up for a turnover-filled mess of a game.
32 min
MAILBAG! - Trades, developing youth, where it a...
The mailbag is overflowing, so John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal dives into questions about trades, playing and developing the young guys, where things went wrong for the Celtics, when it might actually be time to start blowing things up, and getting Robert Williams some offensive moves. Also, a run through NBA history to find which players were the biggest game changers.
46 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 67 in ea...
Jaylen Brown (34 points) and Jayson Tatum (33 points) played off each other wonderfully in a rare, but much-needed blowout win over the Indiana Pacers. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the Jays going off, how huge Al Horford was in the 3rd quarter response that salted the game away, and why Boston's shooting numbers might actually be a case of water finally finding its level.
31 min
Boston Celtics & Indiana Pacers trade partners?...
The Celtics and Pacers got together to play one of the worst basketball games you'll ever see on Monday. While they'll try to do better on Wednesday night, the real question for these two teams is whether they'll become trade partners at the deadline? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Locked On Pacers host Tony East discuss the possibilities, the challenges, and settle on one trade idea that might actually work.
38 min
Boston Celtics win ugly | Jayson Tatum declares...
The Boston Celtics struggled to beat the Indiana Pacers, but managed to get the overtime win behind Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown having big nights. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that, why Ime Udoka is playing guys so many minutes, why this is the time to change the lineups to pair Dennis Schröder and Al Horford, and then Jayson Tatum's very definitive comments about wanting to stay in Boston with Brown.
31 min
Jaylen Brown's triple double leads Boston Celti...
Jaylen Brown dropped a triple double (22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) to lead the Celtics past the Knicks on Saturday night. John Karalis discusses that, the great ball movement in general, Marcus Smart's tone-setting 3rd quarter, and the silliness between Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kendrick Perkins. Plus, Aaron Nesmith finally gets the G League assignment John has been looking for.
28 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Boston Celtics lose to Golden State Warriors, b...
36 min
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
Boston Celtics best trade approach, Danny Ainge...
36 min
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
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
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
Boston Celtics struggles, Robert Williams, path...
39 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Boston Celtics mistakes, Robert Williams not hi...
31 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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