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Celtics Stuff Live | The Original Boston Celtics Podcast

Celtics Stuff Live was the original live interactive webcast produced specifically for Celtics fans. The show originally aired for two hours every Sunday night and featured regular and prominent guests such as Mike Gorman, Sean Grande, Steve Bulpett, Marc Spears, Peter Vecsey, Mark Murphy, Scott Souza, Kelly Dwyer and Gary Tanguay and broadcast on CelticsBlog.com. Justin Poulin was one of the first members of the internet media to be credentialed with access to the locker room. NEW EPISODES MONDAY
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Nov 14, 2018

The Celtics have stunk for far too long. The painful slog of watching the C's after staying up to watch them finish a 1-4 roadtrip had Jon and Justin ready for changes in the team's approach. The oft discussed starting lineup got most of the attention with Hayward and Jaylen struggling the most of the team's starters. As for who to replace them in the starting lineup... you'll have to listen to find out.

 
In the show's second half, the Sixers acquisition of Jimmy Butler came into focus. Jon predictably hated the spacing Butler's arrival would create for the Sixer offense, while Justin channeled his neighbors enthusiasm for the deal... or at least that's what Jon said.
 
Make sure to listen to the end... things get weird.
Nov 5, 2018

Perhaps the Celtics haven't yet found their groove, but the path remains cloudy. After arguably playing their best game of season against the previously undefeated Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics offense again ground to a halt in Indiana Saturday night. Inconsistency from the Celtics starters has created issues for Brad Stevens as he tries to build chemistry and offensive flow, but building that consistency has been an issue. Jon and Justin took a closer look at Jaylen Brown as the canary in the coal mine as to why the Celtics offense has struggled. Justin has his ideas how to fix what ails the Celtics... will it work on a tough west coast trip this week?

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Oct 31, 2018

With the Celtics finally becoming the Celtics again, in winning their last three games, Jon and Justin were feeling the Kyrie's #becool mantra. Kyrie's return to form against the Pistons on Tuesday night, following a haircut the previous day, had the guys feeling optimistic about Kyrie's return to his pre-injury form. Thanks to some questions from Twitter, the CSL guys weighed in on a variety of topics from Robert Williams role after the Theis injury to starting lineup changes (Brown for Smart?) to the production needs from Kyrie.

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Oct 22, 2018
The start to the Celtics season has be a solid one, but the obvious slow starts from Kyrie, Gordon, and Theis have left the team looking less than supernatural. Jon and Justin broke down some of the icy numbers from Kyrie's shooting and where his performance thus far was surprisingly effective. In the show's second half, the guys gave the same treatment to Gordon Hayward after Gordon unthawed his shooting form in Toronto.
 
Jon and Justin wrapped the show by looking at the CP3 - Rondo spit take and giving their predictions for the week ahead.

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Oct 16, 2018
Tonight the Celtics kick off the 2019 NBA season and Celtics Stuff Live has a preview of the opening night matchup with the despised Philadelphia 76ers. Can the Celtics rebound from a lackluster preseason to face Ben "The Coward" Simmons?
 
Then, Jon and Justin took a look into the crystal ball and handed out preseason predictions on Celtics MVP, DPOY, 6th Man, and Most Improved. Then looking at a league wide perspective, guessed the number of Celtics wins, the top 4 in the East and West, who the Final 4 playoff teams will be, and how the NBA Finals will play out.
 
This was a return to the longer shows of CSL Past... but it's worth it.
 
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Oct 9, 2018
When Kyrie Irving dropped the bomb at last Thursday night's season ticket holder event that he intends on re-signing with the Celtics next summer, it settles so much of the Celtics future. Jon and Justin looked at what Kyrie's commitment does for the team and how it specifically impacts two players: Terry Rozier and Anthony Davis.
 
In the show's second half, the Celtics' abysmal preseason effort was in the cross-hairs. Listless play on the defensive end, the ball sticking on offense and few paint touches has everyone, including Brad Stevens, looking for a better result. Justin thinks some of Hayward's slow start is related to regaining his strength and endurance, while Jon saw an issue of cohesion with so many players seemingly trying to show all they've added to their games in the summer. 
 
Before wrapping, Justin and Jon talked about Marcus Smart electing to bring justice to J.R. Smith on Saturday night. Smith has been easy with the cheap shots against the Celtics in years past but Smart was having none of it. 
 
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Oct 1, 2018
A 1-1 exhibition record seems appropriate given the inconsistency of the Celtics' start, but the trendlines are there for an incredibly successful season. Justin and Jon looked at the end of the Celtics bench's role in closing out both games and the play of Guershon Yabusele, Robert Williams, and the rest of the Yabu Tang Clan. 
 
Then the point guards came into focus from Terry Rozier's white hot start to Kyrie Irving's attempts to find his form following injury. While Gordon Hayward had a promising chase down block, he, Kyrie, and the rest of his teammates seeking flow to their games faced significant roadblocks in the form of NBA officials points of emphasis. The points of emphasis are meant to reduce physical play, but all they seem to do is make a view physically ill from the constant stoppages of play.
 
Wrapping up, Jon and Justin looked at the start of the season and gave some brief predictions on the ability for the C's to get off to a good start.
Oct 1, 2018

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Sep 26, 2018
Media Day is always filled with optimism, but the manner in which Kyrie Irving put to bed his desire to leave via free agency has greatly fed into that good ship lollipop vibe. Jon and Justin broke down Kyrie's comments and tried to figure out exactly how excited to be.
 
In more somber news, Marcus Smart talked about the recent passing of his mom and how basketball is often the calm in the metaphorical storm around him. Jon and Justin gave their condolences on Mrs. Smart's passing, and talked about how the Celtics culture has handled the all too frequent passing of members of the franchise family.
 
To wrap up, Scary Terry's boastful praise of Jayson Tatum's play in pre-camp scrimmages kicked off some lineup talk. Coupling this with Brad's concerns about putting in the work, rather than allowing the team to be anointed as great, could impact how the team's lineups are structured.
Sep 17, 2018

Celtics Stuff Live came back to the podcast airwaves as Celtics media day sits just 7 days away!

Gordon Hayward's return to full health led Jon and Justin into a wide ranging discussion on the starting lineup choices for Brad Stevens for Opening Night against the Sixers and beyond. Jon refuses move off his stance that Aron Baynes will be starting to keep Horford fresh. Justin ain't buying it... at all.
 
In the show's second half, the guys discussed reprehensible details of Jabari Bird's alleged assault on his girlfriend. Though many details are still to be released, the episode spurred a conversation on how the league can handle mental health issues in the face of criminal acts by the players under their care.
 
Thankfully, real live Celtics games are just days away... can't wait!
Aug 10, 2018

We finally have a starting point for the 2019 NBA season... and our Boston Celtics will kick it all off for the NBA against the Philadelphia 76ers opening night. Justin and Jon extensively looked at that matchup and tried to determine how the Celtics might start that game... Horford and going small or Horford and Baynes and one of the C's talented wings sitting.

 
One of those talented wings, Jaylen Brown, told CJ McCollum's podcast that he expects the Celtics to make the NBA Finals. In a Lebron-less Eastern Conference, Jaylen's prediction isn't nearly as controversial as one typically would expect.
 
To wrap up the show, Justin and Jon looked at the ongoing debate following Cedric Maxwell's visit to Celtics Beat on Sunday. Max suggested that Kevin Garnett was a better all-around player as a former Celtic, and then the hot takes flowed. Justin careful in showing his appreciation for KG, but Jon was ready to spill blood in his defense of Larry Joe Bird.
Jul 30, 2018

After a brief vacation break Celtics Stuff Live returned to a flurry of late July NBA news, including the signing of Marcus Smart to a four year contract at a cool $52 million. Smart has a pair of fans in Jon and Justin, who were overjoyed at his re-signing. Not only does it keep a crucial piece of the Celtics run to Banner 18 in 2019, but it also provides a mid tiered contract that is easily dealt for bigger fish. The guys also talked about Isaiah Thomas reaching out to Danny Ainge about the Celtics interest in signing him this summer. While the pieces didn't fit at this time, it's great for karmic reasons.

 
In the show's second half, Justin and Jon recapped the release of Abdel Nader and the signing of Jabari Bird to become the team's new 15th player. Then the CSL guys broke down the Raptors acquisition of Kawhi Leonard; how the deal helps Toronto and San Antonio and creates a tougher hurdle to the Finals, at least in the short term.
 
Look out for the CLNS Media YouTube channel and CSL's latest video talking with Jon's son Carter and his gift of a pair of game sneakers from Marcus Smart.
Jul 16, 2018

The Summer League Hospital Celtics may have only gotten 5 minutes from Robert Williams and have shut down the Ojeleye Factory and Jabari Bird for rest, but it seems the team has seen all it needs to see from Semi and Jabari. While the Summer League has been remarkably unremarkable, the amount of news from Vegas hasn't been voluminous but CelticsBlog's Keith Smith put out a comprehensive post with plenty of nuggets for Jon and Justin to discuss. In particular, the news of Guerschon Yabusele's less than helpful year in China setting back his defensive habits was particularly noteworthy.

 
In the show's second half, Jon and Justin poured over the Kyrie Irving situation and Smith's source's belief that Kyrie wants to return to Boston. There may be some concern a recruiting effort with Kevin Durant could lead Kyrie to New York, but is that really a better situation than in Boston with Tatum, Brown, Hayward, Horford, and on and on....??? 
Jul 6, 2018
Jon and Justin kicked off the show looking at the rocky, though still brief, tenure of Robert Williams. To say this kid has a lot of growing to do is only half true, with reports from Summer League practice that he is dunking with his elbows and swatting shots like he's on the beaches of Rio.
 
Moving ahead, the continued restricted free agency of Marcus Smart again reared its head, as most of the money on the market is spent.  Clearly today's report by Mark Murphy shows that Smart's representation isn't keen their belief he would receive a giant contract offer hasn't materialized. 
 
In the show's second half, Jon and Justin looked at the ongoing Kawhi Leonard discussion. While thankful he hasn't yet been dealt to a competitor, there are real questions as to what exactly Kawhi wants and how the Spurs can end up with anything resembling the type of trade package deserving of a player of his caliber.
Jun 25, 2018
It's no Bob. It could be Robert or Rob. But, it is also Boo Butt. 
 
That's what Robert Williams prefers to be called by friends and family, but Jon and Justin are ready for Weird Celtics Twitter to do its magic in creating a new moniker for the newest member of the Celtics.
 
Jon and Justin talked about the new archetype of a Celtics big man, whose athleticism and brute force know no equal in recent Celtics history. How Brad Stevens fits these strengths in with the current team will be fascinating.
 
In the show's second half, attention to turned to free agency and where Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard may end up. The worst case scenario, of both ending up in Philly, reared its ugly head and how the Celtics would contend. Does that possibility force the Celtics to become more competitive in going after Kawhi?
 
And in wrapping up the show, the CSL guys gave some love to Marcus Smart, in hoping he'll re-sign before the start of free agency on July 1. Jon also briefly talked about how Tweeting about his youngest son's adoration of Smart caught Marcus's attention and then pledged to send him a pair of game worn sneakers! 
 
Re-sign that man, Danny Ainge!
Jun 24, 2018

Celtics Stuff Live hosts it's 12th Annual Draft Night show.  We pick up for the final hour of the show right before the Celtics select Robert Williams from Texas A&M.  Joining us are Jeff Goodman from the new CLNS Media Podcast, The Good and Plenty Podcast along with Sam Sheehan from The Celtics Round Table on CLNS Media.  Enjoy the show!

Jun 18, 2018

It was 10 years ago today... 

The Celtics blew out the Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals and clinched their 17th NBA championship. Then, as now, Celtics Stuff Live was on the air to break it all down. Jon and Justin relived that evening and the years of struggle (both the team's struggles and the struggles within the show) leading up to that night, and then made comparisons to the current squad.

Then the battle began as Justin and Jon squared off as to why or why not the Celtics should be interested in Kawhi Leonard. Is the medical risk far too great? Or, was Kawhi's absence not as great a concern because it was posturing against a franchise he had grown tired of? Add into the mix the likelihood that Jaylen Brown would be involved in trade talks and things got spicy on the CSL airwaves.

Jun 12, 2018
Apparently if you believe Stephen A. Smith's report, there is a chance the Celtics will have a shot at sitting down with James as he figures out Decision 3.0.
 
Jon and Justin looked at the pros and cons (yes... there ARE cons) to Lebron James joining the Celtics and what that would mean to the franchise and the players on this roster.
 
One player impacted, particularly, by the Lebron rumor is Kyrie Irving. The CSL guys talked about the kerfuffle over Kyrie's free agency and whether there is any truth to Kyrie's interest in the Knicks. 
 
Wrapping up, Justin had to get Jon's deep thoughts on former Duke Blue Devil Grayson Allen's NBA prospects. 
Jun 4, 2018
The first show of the off season for Celtics Stuff Live comes with mixed emotions. It was only a week ago the Hospital Celtics were vanquished by Lebron and Cavs, Jon and Justin still aren't ready to put their bitterness aside.
 
But for their faithful listeners, the offseason talk has begun with a spirited discussion about the Celtics rotation in 2019. 
 
In the show's second half, Justin and Jon looked at the prospects of trading up into the top 7-8 in this year's draft. Who the Celtics would target in that area and what ripple effects come from that move.
May 28, 2018
The hospital Celtics just didn't have enough shots left in their doctor's bag to pull out one more "against all odds" win in the 2018 NBA playoffs. Horrendously poor shooting from the Celtics backcourt of Rozier, Smart, and Brown left the team lacking of enough offense to push ahead of a typical Lebron effort in Game 7.
 
Jon and Justin looked back on the end of the Celtics season and gazed briefly into a future of where the franchise goes from here.
 
Here's a hint... the future? It's pretty bright.
May 22, 2018
After a pair of dispiriting performances in The Land, the Celtics return home with the series tied at two games a piece. Jon and Justin broke down Game 4 and talked about the Celtics inability to get stops when necessary.
 
It goes without saying that officiating played a large role in this series, perhaps most notably Marcus Morris's aborted 4 point play which was called back due to a phantom foul. Look for Tony Brothers in Game 5.
 
To wrap up the show, Jon and Justin looked ahead to Game 5 and what the Celtics offense needs to do to bring this series home.
 
Also, Mike Breen sucks.
May 14, 2018
As Game 1's go, this was pretty nice.
 
The Celtics blowout the Cavs to kick off the Eastern Conference Finals and Jon and Justin broke it all down. Once again the Celtics ultra switchable wings made it difficult for opposing offenses with Horford playing free safety.
 
In the show's second half, the CSL guys looked at whether Lebron is on his way out. Are there clues in his approach?
May 7, 2018
"You got lucky..." 
 
That might be what Jayson Tatum told Joel Embiid after just missing a thunderous dunk on the Sixer big man, but it certainly doesn't resemble the Celtics 3-0 series lead over the Sixers.
 
Justin and Jon broke down the amazing Game 3 victory in enemy territory and looked ahead to not only a Game 4 (with Justin in attendance) but also to a now likely Conference Finals date with Lebron James.
 
The CSL guys looked at the psychology of this decisive series and whether long term damage may have been incurred by the young Sixers stars. 
 
Let's all hope Justin makes it out of Game 4 alive... or this might be the very last edition of Celtics Stuff Live!
Apr 30, 2018
Giannis might think the Celtics were not the better team in their series with the Bucks but that won't matter when the Celtics start game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Sixers Monday night.
 
Jon and Justin broke down the Celtics series with the Bucks. In particular, the value of the experience of key members of the Green (like Mook, Smarf, and Horford) helped carry them through game 7 and should be incredibly helpful against Philly (.... or is it Phila?)
 
Wrapping up the show, the injury of Justin's guy, Jaylen Brown, loomed large as Justin and Jon jumped inside Brad Stevens brain to figure out how to slow down Embiid and the booming Philly offense.
Apr 25, 2018
That's the rallying cry Celtics fans will be shouting over the next 48 hours as Game 6 rounds into focus. Marcus Smart was a tremendous boost to the Celtics as the fourth year point guard returned early from injury (as Jon predicted a month ago).
 
Following the recounting of games 3, 4, and 5; Justin went on an incredible tirade attacking the poor work by NBA officials in this series and then strapped on his tinfoil hat to question whether the league's motives are dictating poor officiating to steer the outcome of games.
 
Before wrapping up the show, the guys look ahead to Game 6 and there was a split between Jon and Justin as to whether there would be a Game 7 in Boston.
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