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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.

Mailbag: CBA forcing Jaylen Brown trade? Middle...
The mailbag questions came pouring in this week, starting with Jaylen Brown trade questions. Should he be traded for Karl Anthony Towns? Should he be traded this summer? Should he be traded at all? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses those scenarios and then looks at some of the possible CBA side effects on middle class players, guys on rookie deals, and more. Plus, some other trade targets, including Kelly Olynyk.
37 min
Chris Paul to Boston? Miami loss hurt less? & M...
The Miami Heat lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but they could have won it. They continue to do things to other teams that forces uncharacteristic mistakes. Does that take some of the edge off the ECF loss? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that and then runs down whether Boston could (or should) grab Chris Paul if he's let go by Phoenix. Also, an early dive into the mailbag for your CBA questions.
38 min
Will Boston Celtics trade Malcolm Brogdon becau...
The new collective bargaining agreement will cause a lot of teams to rethink their rosters, and the Celtics will have to do the same. Does that mean Malcolm Brogdon is on his way out? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Keith Smith of Spotrac finish their discussion of the new CBA with an in-depth look at what Boston might specifically do with Brogdon, Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams, Jaylen Brown, and more.
36 min
CBA Deep Dive: How does new deal impact Boston ...
The new collective bargaining agreement is going to make life very difficult for Boston. In part 2 of their discussion, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Keith Smith of Spotrac discuss the worst place to be in the draft, how quickly rosters will turn over, why fans should stay invested in their teams, and the stark financial reality of Boston's situation.
33 min
Boston Celtics hiring Sam Cassell, plus we dive...
The Celtics promised to bring someone in to join Joe Mazzulla's staff with a lot of NBA experience, and they delivered with Sam Cassell. John Karalis explains why this is the exact right move and why it shows the front office has a pulse on what this team needs. Plus, Keith Smith of Spotrac joins the podcast to begin our in-depth look at what the new CBA brings (and why John hates it)
40 min
Brad Stevens speaks on keeping Joe Mazzulla, th...
Brad Stevens spoke to the media on Thursday, touching on a lot of subjects. But the biggest stories are keeping Joe Mazzulla as head coach, and why the team believes in him, they way the team played versus how he envisioned it looking, and how the new collective bargaining agreement will impact him. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was there asking questions and shares what Stevens said, and also explains why it's what he didn't say that you have to listen to.
33 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Less than the supermax ...
The inbox was full, so it was a good time to empty out the mailbag after a tough end to the playoffs. Should Jaylen Brown get less than the supermax? Can the role players get the job done? Who might be gone? What about Joe Mazzulla's coaching staff ... how should that be assembled? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers all those questions and more.
37 min
Boston Celtics offseason priorty: get on the sa...
The Celtics are now in their offseason, and the new collective bargaining agreement will have them making a lot of decisions over the next few months. But before they can do that, Brad Stevens, Joe Mazzulla, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the team have to get together to figure out who they are and what their priorities are moving forward. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss it all, from the offensive strategy, to getting back to a defense-first mentality.
36 min
Boston Celtics lose Game 7 at home to Miami Hea...
The Celtics started the game strong enough, but the shots never really fell for them. Meanwhile, Miami bounced back from a slow start, gained confidence, and ran away with it at the end. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at the game, some of the particularly rough performances, and why the Celtics might regret missing out on this opportunity.
38 min
Jaylen Brown on crunch time problems & a look a...
The Celtics are still glowing afte the Game 6 win but it didn't have to be this close. Jaylen Brown admitted to TNT that the Celtics get apprehensive down the stretch, and admitting it could be the first step to fixing it. Plus, why Game 7 should go very well for Boston, even if you have a fear that it won't. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm get into that and Jayson Tatum's growth and his Paul Pierce turn.
37 min
Derrick White's buzzer beater wins Game 6, Bost...
It looked like the Celtics were on their way to a crushing collapse and the end of their season when Derrick White swooped in to put back a Marcus Smart miss to beat the buzzer and win Game 6. It was a shocking play that sent another home Game 6 crowd out of the arena wondering what the hell just happened. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through the final play and how they got there, while also quickly taking a look ahead to Game 7
28 min
Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat again, force Game 6
The Celtics did it again, beating the Heat in Game 5 to force Game 6 on Saturday night back in Miami. Derrick White and Marcus Smart were awesome, hitting 10 combined 3-pointers while playing great defense. Jayson Tatum nearly had a triple double and Jaylen Brown was seeing the floor very well. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has all that, Joe Mazzulla on a hot timeout streak, why Game 6 will be an epic slugfest, and why the Celtics are basically in Fight Club.
39 min
What can carry over for Boston Celtics in Game ...
The Celtics started their comeback with a win in Game 4, so what did they do that can carry over into Game 5. What are the odds they can actually pull this off? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that with Howard Beck, as well as how the little things added up, how the Celtics can troll the Miami Heat with their guests at the Garden, and even the origin of 1-2-3 Cancun.
44 min
Boston Celtics win Game 4 in Miami, stay alive ...
The Celtics finally got back to Celtics basketball with a defensive-minded game where they got a lot of points off turnovers, which helped fuel a return to hot shooting from deep. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the runs Boston was able to make, how the role players hitting shots makes all the difference, and how Joe Mazzulla might have accidentally fallen into a lesson when it comes to calling timeouts.
32 min
Can the Boston Celtics pull off a miracle again...
There is almost nothing to be optimistic about when it comes to the Celtics and their 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm spend some time trying to be positive so they can see if there's a sliver of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.
40 min
Boston Celtics fall behind 3-0 after embarrassi...
The Celtics needed a win in Game 3 to make this a series, and instead they completely fell apart in Miami. Their 3-pointers weren't falling and Gabe Vincent was tearing them apart, and they just seemed to quit. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the ridiculous shooting numbers, the complete lack of respect Boston has for Miami, the lessons they just don't learn, and why Joe Mazzulla is part of the problem, but not THE problem.
34 min
Boston Celtics fall into an 0-2 after falling a...
The Celtics had a 9 point fourth quarter lead but fell apart in the final six minutes of the game, sending them to Miami down 2-0. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the loss, Grant Williams interaction with Jimmy Butler, and why Butler has something Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown don't. The Celtics could still win it all, but there's only one way for them to do it.
29 min
Do Boston Celtics ditch double big, Robert Will...
The Celtics lost Game 1 of the ECF, but does that mean lineup changes are coming? Robert Williams was not happy after the Celtics Thursday film session, and it's because he was not good on defense. Is the answer for Boston to simply try harder in Game 2? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, Joe Mazzulla clearly wanting to ditch the double-big lineup (but will he?), why Payton Pritchard over Grant Williams, and why Jayson Tatum didn't get as much scoring opportunity as he should have late in the game.
48 min
Boston Celtics lose to Miami Heat in Game 1 of ...
The Boston Celtics were looking pretty good through the first half of Game 1, but then the third quarter happened and the Celtics could never recover. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the Celtics lax attitude vs. Miami's never say die approach, Joe Mazzulla's non-timeout, and the Celtics right back in a place they're very familiar with.
28 min
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat (& Jayson Tatum v...
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is Wednesday night and the Celtics are facing the Heat again. What's Jimmy Butler capable of? What can Jayson Tatum do? Who will guard him? Who will start? What's the defense look like? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Locked On Heat hosts Dave Ramil and Wes Goldberg to discuss all that and make completely opposite predictions.
44 min
Joel Embiid & James Harden are frontrunning fra...
With an extra day between series, this was a great day to look back at the Celtics series against the Philadelphia 76ers to talk about how Joel Embiid is a total frontrunner and how James Harden is a complete playoff fraud. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that before getting into the Heat series, how Boston SHOULD win the series easily but Miami is just too good to blow off like that.
44 min
Jayson Tatum drops 51, Boston Celtics advance t...
Jayson Tatum was awesome as he dropped 51 points to eliminate James Harden, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the semifinals. Tatum torched the Sixers and Embiid in a dominant third quarter while Al Hoford and Jaylen Brown helped keep Harden and Embiid in check defensively (with help from Robert Williams). John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that and how Brown's calling out of the crowd worked so well, we got one of the most amazing quotes about the Celtics from Tatum.
31 min
Jayson Tatum goes off in 4th, Boston Celtics be...
Jayson Tatum couldn't hit a damn thing through three quarters but he woke up in the fourth to outscore the Sixers on his own. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that, the impact of Robert Williams starting, Marcus Smart having a huge game, and Joe Mazzulla's growth
29 min
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum represent Boston Cel...
Jaylen Brown made second team All-NBA and Jayson Tatum made third team. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the impact that will make on both their contracts and their futures in Boston. Plus, the real way Joe Mazzulla is getting out-coached, and why the confidence level is still high ... though not as high as before.
33 min
Boston Celtics season on the brink after Game 5...
The Celtics are a loss away from their season being over after an inexplicable Game 5 dud. They couldn't score, they couldn't defend, and they couldn't give themselves a chance to win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the complete lack of focus, the rough start for Jayson Tatum, the rough night for Al Horford, and how the Celtics got burned by Tyrese Maxey. Plus, despite all this, are we being set up for a great Game 6?
27 min