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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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Blake Griffin's impact, a plan for Robert Willi...
Blake Griffin is like an old cell phone, says John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal. He explains how with Tom Westerholm before getting into a plan for Robert Williams' return that could have him back on the floor in Boston against Orlando. Plus, is there a way for Marcus Smart to make the All Star team? John has a rant about why he'd really like to see that happen.
44 min
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Boston Celtics halftime choice leads to big 3rd...
The Boston Celtics didn't look good through the first half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, and they could have used the back-to-back or missing players excuses to pack it in. But instead, they made a choice at halftime and it led to a huge third quarter turnaround. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that choice and the big individual performances. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart were the big performers, but Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet, and Blake Griffin played big parts too.
31 min
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Jaylen Brown has All-NBA performance, Boston Ce...
Jaylen Brown had an incredible night against the Brooklyn Nets. His All-NBA level performance on both ends of the floor helped the Celtics get their first defense-fueled win of the season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss Brown's performance, the improved defense ahead of Robert Williams' return, and then wonder if there's a blueprint developing for how to defend the Celtics?
35 min
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Boston Celtics humbled in loss to Miami Heat, 5...
The Boston Celtics came back down to earth a bit in their overtime loss to the Miami Heat. They turned the ball over way too much and they gave up too many offensive rebounds on a night where Jayson Tatum just didn't have it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the Celtics took Miami's bait and paid for it in the fourth quarter and OT.
20 min
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Boston Celtics give Al Horford 2 yr/$20 mil ext...
The Boston Celtics have given Al Horford a 2 year, $20 million extension, assuring he'll be in Boston until he's 39. Meanwhile, Robert Williams is back to 5-on-5 scrimmaging and closing in on a return. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss what those things mean to the Celtics, and then turn their focus to the second Miami Heat game, where the Celtics might do one thing Friday night that they didn't do on Wednesday.
36 min
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Jayson Tatum scored 49, Boston Celtics offense ...
Jayson Tatum had it going from the first possession, and when it was over, he dropped 49 on the Miami Heat. The Celtics defense was lacking and it let a lot of Miami role players get hot, but when the Celtics needed a bucket, that high-powered offense came through, even against the Heat zone defense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal goes through it all, including Jaylen Brown's big game even with foul trouble, and also the Celtics hilarious reaction to Prince Williams and Kate Middleton being courtside
26 min
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What makes the Boston Celtics offense so elite?
The Celtics offense is putting up monster numbers. They are the types of numbers that are hard to comprehend. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss what makes this offense so good and why any regression might not be as dramatic as some people think. Plus, a bit about the Kornet Contest, and where Sam Hauser would go in a re-draft.
40 min
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Boston Celtics blowout Hornets by 35, Blake Gri...
The Boston Celtics destroyed the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night 140-105 for their 4th straight win and 13th in 14 games. Jayson Tatum had a casual 35, feasting on the soft Hornets rim defense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win, the ridiculous offensive numbers, the great vibes that show the focus of this team, and Blake Griffin (and Malcolm Brogdon) as important vets in the locker room for this team in particular.
28 min
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Jaylen Brown drops 36, Boston Celtics win 12 of...
Jaylen Brown dropped 36 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards without Jayson Tatum. The Celtics got a lot of help from almost everyone on the roster, especially the bench (well, up until the 4th quarter). John Karalis gets into Brown's big game, Luke Kornett proving the Celtics front office right, Al Horford's hot shooting leading to layups, and how this game showed how far Brown and Marcus Smart have come as Boston Celtics.
30 min
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Payton Pritchard saves Boston Celtics with dram...
It looked like the Celtics were going down a similar road they traveled in Chicago, where they were dominating early but then got too cute and let the other team go off. The Celtics went up 16 but were outscored by 20 after that -- until Payton Pritchard checked into the game and the energy shifted dramatically. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains what he saw first hand with the Garden crowd in that moment. Plus, the downside to the game, including the Celtics continuing to get too worked up about the officiating.
28 min
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Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 68 in wi...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both had MVP-level performances in their win against the Dallas Mavericks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about how they both got to their big point totals, how the Celtics were able to mostly limit the damage Luka Doncic inflicted, and the big bounceback games from the supporting cast. Plus, it's pretty clear this team's identity is on the offensive, not defensive end.
32 min
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Are Boston Cetlics playing Al Hoford, Jayson Ta...
Things are going pretty well for the Celtics right now, even with the loss to Chicago. But are they playing with fire when it comes to how many minutes they're playing their guys. Al Horford is getting some time off, but he's playing big minutes in games. Jayson Tatum said he's been told to take games off but refused. Jaylen played more than anyone in Chicago and has been logging big minutes. Is there a plan to back off later? Is this a concern at all? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss.
36 min
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Boston Celtics streak snapped, but there's a si...
The Celtics took the Chicago Bulls lightly and it cost them. The Celtics lost in Chicago again and their winning streak is snapped at 9, but there's a silver lining to all of this. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the mistakes the team made, a historically bad night for Al Horford, the turnover issues (again, especially with Jaylen Brown), and what the silver lining is for Boston.
33 min
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Boston Celtics offense, winning without Tatum's...
The Boston Celtics are on a 9 game winning streak, and they've been doing it without Jayson Tatum's best games. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses some of the numbers behind their big streak, their amazing offense, how they're making up for Tatum not carrying the offensive load, and Jaylen Brown's assist binge.
31 min
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Boston Celtics win 9th straight game, but it wa...
The Celtics won their 9th straight game, beating the New Orleans Pelicans but not without a fight. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was inside Smoothie King Center and has more on the team showing poise after it was its own worst enemy, the calming force that was Derrick White, and why Joe Mazzulla has a point about not calling timeouts, but it's still not a good enough reason.
16 min
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Can Boston Celtics make it 9 straight wins in N...
The Boston Celtics are on a big roll, and they're hoping to make it 9 straight wins after their matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is in New Orleans for a crossover episode with Locked On Pelicans host Jake Madison to discuss the game and what makes each other's teams tough to beat.
39 min
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Derrick White, Boston Celtics bench, step up fo...
The Celtics were missing Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum had his worst shooting and scoring night of the season, Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble, and the Celtics STILL blew the doors off the Atlanta Hawks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the Celtics were still able to get the blowout win and why Derrick White was the best player on the floor for Boston. Plus, let's give Joe Mazzulla his flowers.
31 min
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Jayson Tatum MVP leader | Marcus Smart apprecia...
New odds show Jayson Tatum taking the early lead as the betting favorite in the MVP race. What does that really tell us about the Celtics? Plus, Marcus Smart is playing great basketball right now, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm take the opportunity to appreciate him a bit. Also, the Celtics 4th quarter defense is really good... why is it so bad the rest of the game?
42 min
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Derrick White, Payton Pritchard boost Boston Ce...
The Boston Celtics are the hottest team in the league, and after a not-so-pretty win over the OKC Thunder, they're the best team in the league with an 11-3 record. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how Derrick White and Payton Pritchard woke up the sleepwalking Celtics in the third and completely changed the energy and how Marcus Smart was the savior in the fourth. Plus, Jayson Tatum's questionable technical foul, Grant Williams needs to chill after he got another tech, and more.
34 min
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Mailbag: Who starts for Boston Celtics when Rob...
With the Celtics traveling back to Boston for Monday Night's game vs OKC, it's time to dip back into the mailbag for questions about Robert Williams' return and the impact on the lineups, and the few different ways it can go for Boston. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the possibilities and answers questions about Sam Hauser's opportunity, keeping Payton Pritchard, the Cleveland Cavaliers getting better, and ballin' in sweatpants.
32 min
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Jayson Tatum drops 43, carries Boston Celtics t...
The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons were a whole lotta blah in the first half of their game Saturday night, but Jayson Tatum went off in the second half, dropping 43 points to carry the Celtics to a 117-108 win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses Tatum's night, Grant Williams having a great game in 45 minutes of play, and Marcus Smart continuing his point guard wizardry in 43 minutes.
16 min
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Boston Celtics win 5th straight, get MVP perfor...
The Boston Celtics have now won five straight games thanks to their win over the Denver Nuggets. Tatum played at an MVP level, Jaylen Brown was just about as good, Al Horford was hitting everything and Payton Pritchard made a big contribution with Malcolm Brogdon out. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and how Grant Williams and the Celtics defense was able to limit how much damage Nikola Jokic was able to inflict.
19 min
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Grant Williams timid as a starter? Sam Hauser i...
It's only been two games, but the difference between Grant Williams on offense as a starter and as a reserve has been pretty stark. Yes, he's taken on some big defensive assignments, but he's nowhere near as aggressive on offense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that before dipping into the mailbag for questions about Marcus Smart's All-Star chances, Joe Mazzulla dropping the interim tag, and Sam Hauser's impact on other teams... and whether he can finish games.
38 min
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Boston Celtics win 4th straight, 85 combined po...
The Celtics started off like a good team in a trap game, but they snapped out of the early funk thanks to Jaylen Brown going off early, Sam Hauser getting hot, and Jayson Tatum going supernova in the third quarter and second half overall. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about all that, Marcus Smart's continued great point-guarding, and how the Celtics offense is being brilliantly run to get some really open Sam Hauser 3-pointers.
32 min
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Boston Celtics evaluation: Who will regress? An...
After 10 games, the Celtics are 7-3 with the league's best offense and a meh defense. Where do they stand at this point? Are there any outliers? Who is due for a regression? Who moves to the bench when Robert Williams comes back? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that ... and ... did Joe Mazzulla send a message to Marcus Smart in the Bulls game that spurred these last two brilliant games?
38 min