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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.

Stats dive into Boston Celtics struggles & deci...
Why was Grant Williams inbounding the ball at the end of the loss to the Orlando Magic? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks down what he saw before diving into the numbers over the past 8 games to see exactly what's going wrong. Plus, people are getting worked up about Joe Mazzulla's postgame comments but they have to be taken with a grain of salt.
35 min
Boston Celtics go ice cold, lose to Orlando Mag...
The Boston Celtics were ice cold from 3 once again, and they again lost at home to the Orlando Magic. They didn't have Jayson Tatum and they are still working Robert Williams back into the lineup, but they are starting to show signs of the bad play they displayed in the past. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that and a look at just how bad some of the shooting has gotten ... and the choice the Celtics have to make to get back on track.
34 min
Robert Williams looks good, rest of Boston Celt...
Robert Williams made his Celtics season debut on Friday night and looked pretty good against Orlando (minus some early rust and jitters). Too bad the rest of the Celtics didn't look quite as good. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was not surprised by gross game, but is very happy with how Rob looked in 17 minutes.
19 min
Robert Williams returning Friday & Boston Celti...
Robert Williams is getting ready to make his season debut on Friday night according to ESPN. What will that return look like, and what can Celtics fans expect? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm explain why even though Rob is coming back, "TimeLord" is probably still a few weeks away. Plus, a new report says the Celtics are not active on the trade market yet, but John and Tom say that shouldn't be a surprise.
36 min
Boston Celtics successful road trip, Jaylen Bro...
The Boston Celtics had some tough games, but they ultimately come home having been successful on a brutal 6-game road trip. Jaylen Brown showed some elite scoring, Jayson Tatum shows he has another level to unlock, the Cetlics threw us a curveball with Robert Williams, and more. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that and how this road trip will prepare them for a rough January schedule.
39 min
Boston Celtics collapse, recover, and beat the ...
The Boston Celtics were cruising and up 20 when they relaxed and the Lakers went on a huge run. Then the Lakers got up 13 and the Celtics went on a huge run to tie the game and force OT, where they went on another big run to win the game. Jayson Tatum dropped 44 and Jaylen Brown had 25. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains exactly why the game flowed the way it did, has some praise for Jaylen and Jayson, and gets into why building an ugly sandcastle is just fine.
31 min
Boston Celtics in a funk after losing to Los An...
The Celtics are hitting some adversity now after consecutive losses to the Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Clippers. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown couldn't pull them out of it in Los Angeles, Blake Griffin got picked on defensively, and Kawhi Leonard had the best game of his season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and the infuriating reactions to the officiating... again.
31 min
Warriors loss a good lesson for Boston Celtics,...
38 min
Boston Celtics try too hard in Golden State, ge...
The Celtics didn't look great in Golden State. In fact, they look a lot like they did at the end of the Finals, but Jaylen Brown admitted that they played tense and like they had this game circled for a long time. Jayson Tatum had maybe his worst game of the season, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal thinks they tried TOO hard, and fell into some bad habits that cost them (except for Brown, who was awesome). Also, Joe Mazzulla's insistence on playing Blake Griffin and their drop coverage was a problem.
23 min
Boston Celtics have the winning attitude, plus ...
The Boston Celtics have developed a winning attitude, which comes from their loss in the Finals, individual growth from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Browm, and their head coach Joe Mazzulla. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the Celtics mentality that is fueling this run, then take a look ahead to the Warriors game on Saturday Night.
33 min
Boston Celtics blow out Phoenix Suns, send mess...
The Celtics led Phoenix by as many as 45 in Chris Paul's return, even with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown having good but not awesome nights. Grant Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White, and Blake Griffin all had nice contributions in a game where the C's sent a message to the league thanks to their third quarter performance. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains all that, and then gets into how the team is fully buying into Joe Mazzulla, and why this season is all geared towards getting four wins.
31 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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