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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.

Boston Celtics do the little things on bad shoo...
The Celtics shot 27.7% from 3, normally a recipe for disaster, but still managed to score 113 points and beat the Hawks by 10. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the little things added up to the big win, led by Al Horford doing a little of everything. Plus, the Celtics did give up another big lead, which is not great, but they got it together to hold on for the win, and that's a really good thing at a time we should expect the Celtics to be less than perfect.
32 min
Boston Celtics suffer worst loss of the season ...
The Boston Celtics were without Jrue Holiday (ankle) for this game, but they still looked good for most of the first half. Then the second half happened and it just looked like Orlando was the tougher team. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into what happened, the loss of Kristaps Porzingis, Joe Mazzulla's lack of a timeout during the third quarter 17-0 run, and more.
32 min
Jaylen Brown dominates as Boston Celtics hold o...
The Celtics showed a lot more fire and played a lot better basketball against the Milwaukee Bucks ... for about 42 minutes ... then it was a little messy. They still held on to win, and it was because Jaylen Brown was the best player on the floor. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses this amazing game from Brown and why this is the standard he should be held to. Plus, some of the other great performances, including the Brown/Kristaps Porzingis connection, and the recipe for avoiding disaster like the last six minutes of this game.
30 min
Mailbag: Boston Celtics offensive philosophy, J...
The Celtics recent play has fueled a lot of mailbag questions, so this was a good time to get a few answers. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into the Celtics offensive philosophy, Jayson Tatum's dwindling post ups, Jrue Holiday's struggles at the rim (and whether the C's defense has anything to do with that), Sam Hauser's development, and Kristaps Porzingis' technical fouls.
34 min
Boston Celtics get burned by bad play, lose to ...
The Celtics once again played with their food, building up leads but not doing the little things they needed to do to put the Hornets away. They blew a nine point lead with two minutes to go and lost in overtime. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into why this game could mean nothing and everything at the same time, and also runs through some of the bigger issues in this game (giving up offensive rebounds, tough nights from Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, and Sam Hauser).
34 min
Undisciplined Boston Celtics escape Memphis wit...
The Celtics very clearly didn't take the Memphis Grizzlies very seriously, and it showed with an undisciplined effort that still somehow resulted in a win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is in Memphis to tell us the few good things that happened (a win is a win, right? Sam Hauser is still on fire, and they got to the line) before explaining all the different ways a lack of discipline nearly cost the Celtics.
30 min
Boston Celtics kinda suck, but still find a way...
The Celtics didn't play their best basketball, but they played well enough to beat the Toronto Raptors. Things went well enough early on, but it fell apart in the third quarter and the fourth was a fight. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all the big topics, like how they closed without Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown being too involved and the lesson they should learn from that. Also, the NBA needs to answer for the slippery floor that got Jaylen Brown hurt.
27 min
More love for Jrue Holiday & should Boston Celt...
Jrue Holiday didn't get enough love after the win over the Sixers, so he gets some of that here. That, of course, turns into love for Jayson Tatum, Derrick White, and everyone else after that win. But as John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm explain, this isn't some indictment of Jaylen Brown. All that, plus should the Celtics just start Al Horford every time they play the Sixers?
37 min
Boston Celtics beat Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 7...
The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis, but they got huge performances from Al Horford, Derrick White, and Jrue Holiday ... and then Jayson Tatum closed out the fourth to help slam the door on the Sixers. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that, the bench stepping up, and the big fourth quarter performances, and the Celtics still struggling with keeping Philly off the boards in a brutal second quarter. And then we wonder why the Sixers continue to antagonize Al Horford when he clearly loves it and feeds off it.
28 min
Boston Celtics defense shining & could Boston g...
The Boston Celtics defense has been making strides, and they really showed out against the New York Knicks. So John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal decided to give them a little time to properly appreciate how well they played. Plus, a couple of developments from Tuesday night's games could help the Celtics out on their current road trip. And then, a look at whether the Celtics could get Alex Caruso now that it looks like the Chicago Bulls are ready to blow things up.
30 min
Jayson Tatum drops 35 in tough, impressive Bost...
The Celtics came out looking a little rough (not surprising in their third game in four nights) but it was impressive to see how they closed the first half and the third quarter. They turned a rough night into a comfortable finish by sticking with it and working through their rough patches. John Karalis of Boston Sports Joural digs into the win, Jayson Tatum's impressive night, Derrick White doing the little things, Sam Hauser being more than just a shooter, and how the rotations might be shaking out.
30 min
Mailbag Monday: Jaylen Brown basketball IQ, Jay...
It's Mailbag Monday, and today's questions include Jaylen Brown's basketball IQ, Jayson Tatum trusting his teammates in the clutch, why the offense looks stagnant sometimes, and minutes for Lamar Stevens. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has those answers and more on Sam Hauser's progression, a reunion with Gordon Hayward, new play-by-play man Drew Carter and some personal questions.
39 min
A perfect Kristaps Porzingis game in Boston Cel...
The Boston Celtics got a nice, business-like blowout win against the overmatched Toronto Raptors thanks to big games from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. But it was Kristaps Porzingis and the perfect contribution from a third star that really stood out to John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal. All that, plus great minutes from the bench, and why Toronto's staff needs to STFU when it comes to Joe Mazzulla's challenge late in the game.
18 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 51, Bost...
The Celtics got a nice, simple, regular win over the Brooklyn Nets in their first In-Season Tournament game. Tatum and Brown combined for 51 and the Celtics got some really nice performances from their guards. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is at the Garden with all that, how the offensive rebounding really helped the Celtics accomplish what they wanted, and how Brown plus bench units are still struggling.
19 min
An inexcusable missed call, and Boston Celtics ...
The NBA Last Two Minute Report shows the Celtics should have gotten the ball back with 4.8 seconds against Philadelphia. That missed call by the official needs to be addressed, says John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm. They get into that and then look at how the Celtics are still learning each other, where along the learning curve they might be, and what they should avoid while they're figuring things out. That includes Joe Mazzulla's interaction with the media.
37 min
Boston Celtics nearly pull off miracle comeback...
The Celtics were looking good early in Philadelphia, but then the second quarter happened, and they fell apart. Tyrese Maxey was too much, Joel Embiid was a beast, and it looked like Boston was cooked. But then they found some magic with a little more than two minutes to go and they nearly came all the way back. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains what happened in the second and why Joe Mazzulla's timeout strategy was instrumental in getting them a chance to tie with the final shot.
30 min
Joe Mazzulla timeout strategy and Boston Celtic...
Once again, how Joe Mazzulla used his timeouts became part of the story after the loss to Minnesota, but there's a method to his madness. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the strategy and then get into how the Celtics got away from Kristaps Porzingis in the clutch when there was a way to use him even with Rudy Gobert defending him. Also, here's hoping the Celtics don't ditch their late game execution as quickly moving forward as they did in Minnesota.
35 min
Late mistakes cost Boston Celtics in first loss...
The Celtics dropped their first game of the season Monday night in Minnesota, thanks to a monster performance from Anthony Edwards and a lot of late-game mistakes by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, and Al Horford. John Karalis runs through the game while wondering why Kristaps Porzingis wasn't used how he was supposed to be used. In end, this could be a good thing, because there were a lot of lessons to be learned.
30 min
Mailbag: Marcus Smart return? Jayson Tatum trac...
It's a Mailbag Monday, and we're full of questions, including Marcus Smart and his potential return to Boston, ownership's willingness to take a risk, Jayson Tatum becoming Kobe Bryant, and how many All-Stars Boston might get. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that and then gets into podcast rivalries, friendships on the Celtics beat, regular listeners, and his clone.
35 min
Boston Celtics get past Brooklyn Nets, Jayson T...
The Celtics looked like they might have an easy win on their hands against a shorthanded Nets team (even though Derrick White was out for Boston), but the Nets were pesky and would not go away. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal goes over the things he liked (Tatum's like 10,000th point) and things he didn't (can we call it a letdown?).
26 min
Fun with absurdly early stats: Post Ups, Pull U...
The Celtics are only four games into the season, which is not exactly a time you usually hear about stats. But there are a few here that are interesting, including the post up numbers for Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis, the pull up shooting numbers, and a dip in passing. What's real? What's fake? What do these even mean so early in the season? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm have all the answers for you.
32 min
Jayston Tatum scores 30, Boston Celtics beat In...
The Celtics came out focused and hungry, playing up to their potential rather than down to their opponent, and it led to a monster 51 point win over the Pacers. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has (almost) nothing but positive things to say about the team's focus, Jayson Tatum's easy 30 points, the bench bounce-back performance, and the amazing combination of Jrue Holiday and Derrick White.
33 min
How does James Harden trade impact Boston Celtics?
The Philadelphia 76ers have finally traded James Harden, but does what they got back make them any better? Should the Celtics be concerned with the Sixers? And is there a way for them to capitalize on the deal? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss it and then give some of their big takeaways from Boston's 3-0 start.
37 min
Boston Celtics get 69 points from Jaylen Brown,...
The Celtics stayed focused for a game that they might not have approached so well last season. They attacked the paint when Washington's big man wasn't available, and they got monster games from their two stars. It all adds up to a very satisfying win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that went well (Tatum and Brown's big nights, Kristap Porzingis, the post ups, and the defense from Jrue Holiday and Derrick White) and the didn't go so well (the fourth quarter... ugh).
30 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown's start (and future), ben...
Time to open up the mailbag again (johnkaralis.com/mailbag) to get a lot of questions about Jaylen Brown, his shots, his weaknesses, and his future. Also, questions about the second unit, their production, and giving them a chance to play. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into those, Joe Mazzulla's style, Jordan Walsh, Romeo Langford, the top 5 games to watch in 2023, and more.
32 min