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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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart brilliant in Boston ...
It wasn't as smooth finish, but the Celtics were able to get their third-straight win thanks to brilliant performances by Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. Tatum out-dueled Ja Morant, showing how he's leveled-up this season. Smart played perfectly for the second straight game. And the Celtics defense is showing real signs of improvement. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and why he's impressed by Jaylen Brown, even though he had a bad game overall.
32 min
Robert Williams back soon? How he fixes Boston ...
Robert Williams is talking like a guy who might be coming back in the not too distant future. He's two weeks away from the early end of his 8-12 week timeline, and things seems to be going well. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss how Rob will help fix the Celtics defensive problems and how he solves a lot when it comes to the closing lineups. Plus, why Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart are perfect in their current roles, so no one should want to change what's working.
35 min
Boston Celtics set team 3-point record, beat Ne...
The Boston Celtics set a team record, hitting 27 3-pointers on their way to a 133-118 win over the New York Knicks. Everyone who played hit one, Tatum and Brown had six each, and Sam Hauser hit five. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, the lack of defense that still plagues them, and the good news about Robert Williams.
18 min
Marcus Smart confused by Ime Udoka going to Bro...
Marcus Smart expressed some confusion about Ime Udoka's soon-to-be move to Brooklyn. And while he also expressed love for his current situation and Joe Mazzulla, the Udoka situation continues to be a source of confusion and conversation in the locker room. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the situation, why it's hard for players to separate themselves like the rest of us, and whether this should be any concern for Boston.
39 min
Boston Celtics lose to Cavs in OT again, but ou...
The Boston Celtics lost to the Cavs again in overtime... again... but this time there was a lot less to be worried about after the loss. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says he's coming out of this one feeling a lot better than after the last loss. Also, why Al Horford is playing too much, Sam Hauser's minutes were wasted, and Marcus Smart almost undid a lot of the good stuff he had done with one play. And, a closer look at the end of game after timeout plays from Joe Mazzulla.
35 min
Brooklyn Nets fire Steve Nash, preparing to hir...
The Brooklyn Nets made waves by firing Steve Nash on Tuesday, and then made even bigger news when it was revealed they're about to hire Ime Udoka to replace him. The Boston Celtics are letting him go without fighting for any compensation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains all the reasons why the Celtics might have been very happy to stand back and let him walk without any discussions about getting something in return. Also, should we be worried that Udoka is going to make the Nets significantly better?
28 min
Why Boston Celtics give up so many offensive re...
The Boston Celtics keep getting killed on the boards. Is that a sign that they need another big man, or is there something else to it? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has looked at every offensive rebound the Celtics have given up so far to find the answer. Plus, Marcus Smart is not 100%. Is it time to give him some time off? And, other thoughts on the win over Washington, including Jayson Tatum needing to be the screener a lot more.
41 min
Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown hel...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown got things started with a dominant first quarter, then the Celtics hit their typical lull by giving up a ton of offensive rebounds. Then Malcolm Brogdon slammed the door on the Wizards with a huge run in the 3rd. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win with Tom Westerholm, other players who stepped up, as well as some elements from the OT loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
34 min
Celtics-Cavs crossover preview | Grant Williams...
Grant Williams was suspended for one game for bumping an official. He talked about it at practice on Thursday. You'll hear everything he had to say about it. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Chris Manning of the Locked On Cavaliers podcast to discuss everything about the Celtics-Cavaliers matchup Friday night in Boston.
32 min
Grant Williams suspended & mailbag questions
Grant Williams, unsurprisingly, got suspended for a game for making contact with an official. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before getting into mailbag questions about Joe Mazzulla holding the Celtics accountable, a wake up call loss in Chicago, zone defenses, and Bol Bol.
26 min
Boston Celtics defense needs help, Grant Willia...
A second look at the Celtics defense recently shows just how much work they need, but it's easily fixable. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the ways it can be helped and why they can't wait until Robert Williams comes back to do it. Plus, Grant Williams vs. the refs needs to stop.
36 min
Boston Celtics meltdown vs. Chicago Bulls leads...
The Celtics looked great for about eight minutes or so in Chicago, but then it all fell apart after that. They got away from what was working on offense, leading to one of Joe Mazzulla's most stinging comments about the team so far this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses why this team needs to follow a specific offensive formula to win, the defensive issues plaguing them in the early going, and the complete meltdown that led to Joe Mazzulla and Grant Williams getting ejected.
33 min
Assessing the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum cros...
The Celtics are currently the NBA's only 3-0 team after sweeping both weekend games in Florida. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal reviews the win in Orlando with Locked On Magic host Philip Rossman-Reich, including Jayson Tatum's amazing performance, before previewing the Monday night game in Chicago with Locked On Bulls host Pat The Designer.
34 min
Boston Celtics survive in Orlando thanks to Jay...
This was exactly the kind of night I feared against the Orlando Magic. Luckily for the Celtics, the Magic are too young to know how to close games, and the Celtics had Jayson Tatum and Derrick White. Tatum dropped 40, White had an amazing 27 point night, and the Celtics survived a sluggish effort to hold on for the 126-120 win.
16 min
Boston Celtics get tough win in Miami behind Ja...
The Boston Celtics got 57 combined points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in a tough win against the Miami Heat Friday night. Brown was especially awesome in this one, but there were still some tough lessons to be learned here. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through the big performances, how the depth was on display again (including Malcolm Brogdon who had a big impact despite an off night) and Joe Mazzulla's timeout use (or lack thereof)
14 min