Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke were glad to move past a rough couple weeks for the Celtics and discuss the amazing win over the Lakers on Monday night. Jon relayed his experiences at the game and the guys took the Gordon Hayward conversation a step further to weigh how Hayward's role is dictated by the way Ainge built this roster.
Lastly, Jon got a bit hot under the collar in the Outtakes due to some premature criticism for the Celtics 2019 draft.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke debated whether the Celtics are legitimately in a post-holiday slide and whether bigger changes are needed for the team to reach their highest possible ceiling. Should Hayward be dealt? Is Kanter as valuable as it seems?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke welcomed Celtics radio play by play voice Sean Grande back to the show to commemorate the momentous occasion of the 600th episode of the first Celtics podcast. Sean, Justin and Jon dug into the current state of the team and how challenging it can be to live what the rest of us consider a normal life when Friday doesn't feel like a Friday.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke returned from the long holiday slumber to rejoice the Celtics nearly perfect run since mid-December. The prospective All Stars of Kemba, Tatum, and Brown get the shine, but the work of Theis, Wannamaker, and Kanter shouldn't go unnoticed. In particular, the guys focused on Enes Kanter's eye popping numbers that in some defensive categories have him as the best defensive center in the league.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke let the Celtics long lay off after the loss to Philly sink in and looked ahead to where that loss (and the losses to injury) places the Celtics. Despite strong efforts from Theis and Kanter, calls for acquiring a center have gotten louder in the wake of injuries to Vinnie Sex Pants and Timelord. Is there a deal to get done or is it Tacko Time?
Justin and Jon wrapped the show by offering an extended outtakes to preview the games through the start of 2020.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back the Celtics' undefeated week against championship contenders and looked ahead to a pair of challenges against the Pacers and Sixers. Where do the Celtics stand in a much improved Eastern Conference? Can they overtake the rolling Bucks?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke stepped away from the F Thanksgiving leftovers to discuss the Celtics' home and home with the Nets and a Sunday afternoon takeover from the Jays. But if you want Daniel Theis talk... this is the podcast for you.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back on an eventful week for the Celtics with a pair of tough losses on the road against championship contenders and nearly lost Kemba for the year. Yet, the Celtics kept coming but shouldn't Brown and Tatum get more responsibility in running the team's offense?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke discussed the Celtics' 2-1 start to the west coast road trip and the emergence of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as key pieces toward the team's outstanding start. Tatum's improved shot profile and defensive impact coupled with Brown's markedly improved scoring and rebounding have made the Celtics legitimate threats toward a deep playoff run.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke talk about rainbows, unicorns, and the Celtics 8-1 start leading the NBA in this latest episode. Despite Gordon Hayward's broken hand, the Celtics keep on rolling and the CSL guys think a lot of credit goes to Kemba Walker and blame goes to those who assumed Jaylen and Jayson couldn't make plays for others.
Is this sustainable for the long haul? Jon and Justin come at that answer from different directions.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back at a great start to the 2020 Boston Celtics season and how much size hasn't mattered in determining wins and losses thus far. Bench struggles have persisted but the question of which bench players will break out is answered in the show's second half.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke are PUMPED UP! A 3-1 start punctuated with big wins over the Raptors and Bucks have the boys excited and making some pretty interesting comparisons to teams and players of Celtics' past.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked into Jaylen Brown's big time contract extension and what it says about the Celtics ceiling over the next two years and how it impacts his teammates.
In the second half of the show, the guys looked ahead to opening night against Philly, predicted the first week of results, and hit the outtakes with some surprising praise for the folks at League Pass.
A special hat tip to the late, great Andy Jick for his help with our new/old intro.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke can't let the good feelings of this Celtics preseason end. Jaylen Brown's improved handle and left handed finishes at the rim and Carsen Edwards' bucket getting are just the latest positive signs for the 2020 Celtics. The big rotation is still bit fuzzy, but the culture and attitude change have pushed those concerns to the back.
In the outtakes, it's Tacko Time as the team officially added Tacko Fall as a 2 way player and Jon is excited to have Tacko up in Maine with the Red Claws.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke talked about the Celtics first preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Good signs from Jayson Tatum's shot selection and Gordon Hayward relentless attack toward the basket left some very positive signs for the 2020 Celtics.
The CSL guys rounded out the show by running up and down the roster and seeing how expectations met reality through at least one game. Then in the outtakes, Justin had some real concerns regarding the hysteria surrounding Tacko Fall.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke were so glad for Media Day 2019 but things went off the rails fast. Jon brought up Kyrie Irving's answer last week as to why he left Boston and Justin was not interested in discussing it. At. All.
In the show's second half, the CSL boys pivoted to some of the optimism surrounding today's media availability. Yet it was Enes Kanter's mention in the outtakes that brought back some vitriol from the show's opening minutes.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke avoided the pleasantries and jumped head first into the first 2020 Celtics season preview of the podcast world. Jon and Justin gave their best guesses as to the team's starting lineup, closing lineup, and win total; before moving on to a player by player breakdown. It's fast moving, but a very comprehensive look on the Celtics in the fascinating season to come.
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.