Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke caught up with the FIBA disappointment and how the Celtics on Team USA showed tremendous growth.
In the second half of show, the CSL boys talked about Brad Stevens' interview on CLNS's Good N Plenty podcast with Jeff Goodman. Brad had some interesting comments on what needs to be the focus for the Celtics in 2020 and beyond.
Finally, in the outtakes, it was all sushi all the time. And Jon remains a wimp for not being willing to give raw seafood a shot.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke didn't have a whole lot of Celtics news to pour over this week, but Team USA is filing the void quite nicely. A pair of wins against Japan and Greece put the Team USA into the World Cup quarterfinals, but it was the work of Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart that drew the CSL guys' interest. If Smart can defend players like Giannis from time to time as he did against Greece on Saturday and Brown can rebound a bit, then the Death Squad lineup of Kemba, Brown, Hayward, Tatum, and Smart just might work.
Before wrapping an abbreviated show to watch the Patriots opener, Justin wondered whether players forcing their way out, as Antonio Brown did this week, will become even more commonplace.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke put down their rosary beads praying for Jayson Tatum's injured ankle for a brief moment to podcast. Tatum's injury was front and center for this episode, and his continuingly growing role.
In the show's second half, the CSL guys looked further into the Tatum/Brown/Kemba/Smart/Gordon lineup they talked about last week and the needed defensive intensity from that unit to compete in 2020.
Last up... in the outtakes... Justin schooled Jon on the value of sushi and what a "Philly Roll" really is. Dig in.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke lamented the long postseason but jumped into the reasons why this offseason seems particularly long. In the show's second half, the CSL guys examined the reasons as to why optimism still exists in spite of such a challenging offseason. Could Brad Stevens use an incredibly experimental lineup? Lastly, in the outtakes, Justin wants in on the Enes Kanter phenomenon.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke broke down Tacko Fall's visit to the teacups at Canobie Lake Park before moving on to the Shamrock Team USA's move down under in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. With only a scrimmage against Spain to discuss, it was time to dig deep back into the vault. But first Justin had to completely embarrass himself on the Manscaped ad read.
Then in the show's second half, the CSL guys took exception to Sean Grande's comparison on Celtics Beat of Horford's move to Philly to Ray Allen's departure to South Beach. Finally, in the outtakes, it was a revisiting of the Winning Plays' pod discussion of what happened if the Kyrie Irving trade never happened. In short... it's a strange scenario of dogs and cats living together.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke owned up to their promise to discuss the potential availability of Bradley Beal in trade discussions and how interested the Celtics should be.
In the show's second half the CSL guys looked at the USA Basketball scrimmage and how Pop and Kerr can help Brad Stevens in building a winner in Boston. Before wrapping up to discuss hate and discontent for Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, Justin and Jon looked at the recently released Celtics schedule and which dates they have circled on the calendar for particular interest.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke couldn't wait to talk about the Team USA x Team Shamrock crossover and the rookies showing up at Fenway for last night's Red Sox game. However, it wasn't before the inanity of those topics turned to the future of Jaylen Brown through the prism of a pair of CelticsBlog articles which weighed the decision making surrounding a contract extension.
Another illuminating article from NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg tried to trace Kyrie Irving's transition from "if you'll have me" to chatting with Spencer Dinwiddie about playing together just 8 weeks later. The Kyrie situation is just about in everyone's rear view mirror but understanding why it went awry is a necessary evil.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke recapped a successful run through the Las Vegas Summer League that provided a glimmer of positive thought to a dour 2019 for the Boston Celtics. The guys debated which of the Celtics rookies would have the bigger impact in the season to come.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke surveyed the new NBA world order with Kawhi and Paul George with the Clippers and seemingly the majority of the NBA talent set in their new homes. Despite losing a pair of All Stars, and gaining another, the Celtics just might be in a spot where they can make a run toward the NBA Finals.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke were happy with the Celtics' biggest free agent signing in franchise history, but the most impactful moves of the early hours of free agency came when Kyrie and KD joined up in Brooklyn and Al Horford went to Philly. The loss of Horford stings and Jon and Justin chatted about what the Celtics will do without their anchor. Then the CSL guys looked around the league... This was a wild one folks.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked at Thursday's NBA Draft as the Celtics turned page from the Kyrie - Horford era... or did they?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke picked up the pieces following the trade of Anthony Davis to the Lakers with the CSL guys on opposite ends of this one. Jon's disappointment at the inability to start a prolonged period of Celtics dominance with Davis and Kyrie at the helm remained strong, but the cost of the Lakers deal was so over the top... well, it's hard to be that upset. Justin, on the other hand, was over the moon and can't wait to see how Tatum, Brown, and Smart lead the franchise into a new era.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke ran through an avalanche of Celtics rumors of the day starting with the Woj Bomb that the Celtics have entered serious trade discussions to acquire Anthony Davis. Coming just hours after SI's cover story on Rich Paul where Paul states Davis will hit free agency next summer if he's dealt to Boston, the concept of Boston pushing ahead on trading for Davis is seriously intriguing. Then coupling the interest in Davis with Kyrie's questionable future... it's a wild time in the Celtics offices on Causeway Street. Not to mention Kevin Durant's achilles injury and what that does to Kyrie's supposed plans to pair up with KD in New York... in Brooklyn or Manhattan with the Knicks.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke discussed the results of Anthony Davis's meeting with the Pelicans and apparent continued request for a trade. Coupling that news with continued "reports" from "reporters" indicating where the mercurial Kyrie Irving wants to play next season, Justin has had just about enough with all of the chit chat.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke reacted to the Raptors dispatching the Bucks in six games whether that impacted their view of the Celtics disappointing season. You won't be shocked at the answer. Next up the guys reacted to a listener email concerning the point guard position in 2020 following Kyrie's uncertain future and Rozier's recent napalm laced comments to ESPN. Then the hallmark CSL shows in May in days gone past returned... it's draft time. Jon gassed up Brandon Clarke but didn't exactly show the same love to some Wildcats.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke kicked around Steve Bulpett's reporting this weekend concerning the Celtics' strong position in acquiring Anthony Davis and the tie that binds toward a Kyrie Irving return to Boston. Then Justin wanted to gaze down a dystopian future without AD, Kyrie, or the Jays... which ends next summer with some surprisingly good news.
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Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke ripped apart the Celtics' "effort" against the Milwaukee Bucks in five measly games last week. It was the worst of times... and the worst of times. Kyrie's mental breakdown over the course of games 2-5 and the entire Celtics squad laying down has thrown the entire psychotic summer of free agency into a overdrive.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke discussed the Celtics continued 1 step forward, 1 step back season following a decent win against the Pacers, an abominable loss to the Nets, and an irritating win over the Heat. How this Celtics team gets out of its own way in the playoffs and how the culture of this team continues to be a challenge for Brad Stevens. With only four games remaining in the regular season, 50 wins seems like a significant long shot.
Celtics Suck Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke tried to valiantly talk their way through the Chutes and Ladders 2019 Celtics season. The losses have been horrendous but the solutions are not easy: do you really let a top 10 NBA player walk in July? Do you trade away young blue chip players for a top 5 NBA star to play with the above mentioned mercurial PG?
Celtics Stuff Live's Jon Duke and Justin Poulin caught up after the Soul Plane made it's return to Boston with the Celtics finishing their California trip with a 3-1 record. Jon and Justin got into the new Kyrie, UNO games on the team plane, and to wrap up the show, the guys looked at the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Which matchups work best for the Celtics? Listen and find out.