Jon and Justin preview the season, make their predictions for the number of wins and compare the construct of this team versus last year, specifically in regards to the bench depth. Neither is certain that this team will be any worse defensively, especially with the flexibility so many players have to switch. However, the real debate comes when discussing whether Brown/Tatum can or should be expected to stay in the starting line-up and whether the second unit needs some veteran players to stabilize the defense and still generate offense in the early to mid second quarter. That period of time in the game was particularly troublesome for last season's version of the Celtics who struggled to generate offense with IT4 on the bench and frequently let large leads slip away.
Celtics Stuff Live gives Marcus Smart a new nickname, scratches their heads at the Embiid contract extension, and hypothesizes why the Celtics Org hasn't at least opened a dialogue with Marcus Smart with only a week left to extend his deal when you have to assume a larger contract would be key in future trades at the very least if they did not want to keep him around after this season.
Jon and Justin give their assessment of the overall performance of the roster in the first preseason game of action for a lot of new Celtics players. The guys have praise for Aaron Baynes, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theiss. More focus on the end of the bench as Kyrie Irving's confidence, ability, and emerging leadership efforts are notable. Jason Tatum also rebounds in the 4th quarter against the Hornets' bench after struggling through 3 quarters.
Jon and Justin go back to the well on Marcus Smart now that the pictures are out and this is no BS weight loss, the beast is noticeably lighter. While the early reports say that the weight loss = quickness Justin is more interested in seeing the impact on his leaping ability when the Celtics finally play a game this Monday evening. From there they catch up on late late late offseason action with the Carmelo trade to OKC and breakdown that gamble by Sam Presti with a number of expiring contracts on the roster. Finally, we skipped the opportunity on the last show to let Jon let his freak flag fly on Yabusele. Not this time, the wait is over not only for Jon but Yabu too!
Jon and Justin can't wait another day for training camp. With Media Day just a week away the show is immediately derailed with Duck Boat Hot Takes and a really bad Christmas week analogy. Eventually, the show gets back on track in discussing Kyrie Irving's appearance on ESPN's First Take. In the second half of the show, a quick rundown of the roster gets the crew close enough to training camp that they can taste it.
Jon and Justin, like Ray Allen, can't help themselves and let that conversation die. Mostly cuz, that's the way Ray wants it. Isaiah Thomas excellent work in The Players Tribune and the awkward press conference also make their way into the opening segment of the show. But in the second half, the guys side step Marcus Smart (20 lbs lighter) and a rap writing Jaylen Brown in possible favor of Terry Rozier in the starting line-up because #3 is always the breakout year on Celtics Stuff Live. Guest appearance from Downtown Julie Brown.
Jon and Justin discuss Isaiah Thomas' hip injury concerns, break down the Irving/Hayward Press Conference and how deep the rotations will really go with the hosts in complete disagreement. In the second half of the show, Jon encourages Justin to embrace his numerology superstitions and determine which of them would be Beavis and which would be Butt-Head. Finally, the two close out the show discussing Marcus Smart's responsibility in setting the tone and establishing the culture with all the new faces on the roster.
Jon and Justin take a deep dive into the Kyrie Irving trade, specifically with new reports that the Cavs will be asking for Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum to complete the deal in response to their medical review of Isaiah Thomas' hip injury. While both hosts believe that the Celtics can and should stand pat, they agree that the biggest loser in all of this is Thomas but that the Cavs still have the most to lose if the deal is voided. In the second segment, a debate about whether the Nets pick or the Lakers pick is more valuable and Justin doesn't miss an opportunity to take a shot back at Ray Allen for his comments criticizing the Boston fanbase.
Jon and Justin review the three games that we know so far on this year's slate along with new uniforms. In the second half of the show Kyrie Irving updates, Isaiah Thomas' hip recovery and Marvin Bagley's decision dominate the discussion.
Jon and Justin spend the first half of the show reminiscing about the KG trade 10 years ago, but that quickly devolves into mix tape nostalgia. In the second half, we enjoy watching the Cleveland Cavaliers fall apart from the outside and speculate that Danny Ainge would absolutely trade Lebron and keep Kyrie Irving. Rounding out the show, is reasoning the Shane Larkin signing and lingering concerns over Isaiah's hip.
Jon and Justin both return from vacation and offer up a robust show that kicks off with the announced signing of Paul Pierce who will retire a Celtic. More talk of rotations, summer league wrap-up and assessing the Mickey/Jackson cuts cover the first half of the show. In the second half, the new Training Facilities, staff turnover and rule changes round out the show.
Jon and Justin bid farewell to Avery Bradley and welcome the additions of Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes who replace the loss of depth and bring much needed toughness to the frontcourt. Starting line-up and potential rotations are discussed along with the Summer League performances of Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye specifically round out the show.
Jon and Justin pull away from their family vacations in "Parts Unknown" to discuss the Hayward signing and what steps may be next. Summer League is also underway and there is some gushing over the performances of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with some concerns expressed regarding the possibility of relying on Zizic this season as a rotation player. And, the guys aren't sure that Porzingis is out of the mix yet...
Jon and Justin pick up where they left off in the late first round of the Live Draft Night Show, discussing the second round picks and potential contributions if the Celtics make room for Hayward and attempt to execute a sign and trade with Indiana for Paul George. They also debate whether the Cavs/Nuggets/Pacers three way is truly a threat to Boston's or just a way to drive up the price in negotiations. Isaiah Thomas' hip injury and concerns about whether the team might consider letting him go in Free Agency sprinkle the second half while Blake Griffin and Prozingis resurface as potential targets with varied cap implications.
Just when you thought the draft was going to be a boring #1 overall pick, Danny executes a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers that has much of Celtics Nation freaking out. There is lots of speculation, including who the Celtics will pick at #3 or if they will spin it off in a subsequent deal for the likes of Jimmy Butler, Paul George or possibly even Blake Griffin and using such a move to attract a free agent such as Gordon Hayward.
Jon and Justin spend the first half of the show discussing the finals and free agency thanks to Gordon Hayward's wife posting a picture of his daughter wearing a "Go Green" shirt on Instagram which was quickly removed. The second half moves into the draft, but then takes an odd turn as they debate the merits of attempting to trade for Blake Griffin if Chris Paul goes to the Spurs. Enjoy the show!
Jon and Justin welcome Ryan Bernardoni of CelticsHub to talk about the Offseason, Gordon Hayward and Markelle Fultz. Ryan recently released a two-part series examining the salary cap implications that decisions made this year and next will have on the Celtics ability to build a championship contending team both now and later, along with some potentially difficult decisions ahead.
Jon and Justin welcome two guests onto the show to kick off the Celtics offseason after falling to Cleveland in 5 games since our last show. Bobby Manning from CelticsBlog and The Bobcast helps us set the table for the draft and free agency before bringing in Sam Sheehan of the Scorching Shamrocks Podcast and Celtics Subreddit to take us on a deeper dive into the cap with Jon and debate the difficult decisions to come. Bobby is reluctant to part with Rozier, Sam is certain that Bradley is the most likely casualty, and Justin questions why the team should be in a rush to make a deal instead of waiting until the trade deadline to make the hard choices.
Jon and Justin celebrate the Celtics victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers sans Isaiah Thomas on a last second rim bouncing 3-point shot by Avery Bradley. The team effort is lauded, but plenty of praise heads Marcus Smart's way for playing the pat of the team's departed MVP candidate. As we wrap the first half of the show, Jon explodes on Reggie Miller and sets the table for the 2nd half with some additional criticism for the haters on twitter after the Game 2 blowout. Finally, the discussion shifts to what it will take to win Game 4 on the road in Cleveland.
The official CLNS Media Draft Lottery Show features Jon Duke and Justin Poulin who are astounded by the fact that the ping pong balls bounced the right way this time. With Boston's exciting Game 7 victory against the Wizards leading them to the ECF there are a wealth of options at Danny Ainge's disposal. It's a great time to be a Celtics fan!
Jon and Justin kick it off with a quick recap and analysis of games 5 and 6 and move quickly into their preview of the final game of the second round series against the Washington Wizards. In the second half of the show, the draft lottery is the main point of emphasis while Justin and Jon debate their potential reactions if the Celtics fall below the #1 overall pick.
Celtics Stuff Live hosts Justin Poulin and Jon Duke lament the effort in the Celtics Game 4 loss on the road to the Wizards. Wondering if Avery Bradley is struggling due to the hip pointer and more concerning was the play of Jae Crowder which appears to be inexplicable. Make no mistake, the Celtics still have home court advantage and that has been the deciding factor in the match-ups between these two teams all season long. However, Washington put the hurt on the Celtics with their biggest unanswered scoring streak yet and the starting line-up continues to be in flux.
The Celtics have won 5 games in a row despite another tough start at home to kick off their second round series against the Washington Wizards. Jon and Justin break down Game 1 and give credit where it's due for many players, especially Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk who helped jumpstart the team after spotting the Wizards a 16-0 lead in the first minutes. We also discuss the quick turnaround for the series and Paul Pierce's final game of his career as the Clippers get bounced by Utah in Game 7 of that series.
Celtics Nation is pleased to see the Bulls Series all knotted up at 2 games each. Jon and Justin discuss the impact of the Rondo Injury, praise the performance of IT in game 4 and line-up changes with Gerald Green being inserted into the starting line-up grabbing rebounds and hitting treys.
The Celtics drop Game 1 at home under difficult circumstances for Isaiah Thomas and his family. The usual suspects were present in the loss, poor bench play and a lack of rebounding. Jon and Justin break down the loss and preview Game 2 then looking around the league at Doc Rivers, Kristaps Porzingas, and the Raps/Bucks series.