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.
Celtics Stuff Live's own Podfathers, Justin Poulin and Jon Duke, discussed the down and down week for the Celtics as the only consistent effort was a poor one. Continued questions about the team's ability to play together and the impact of changes coming this summer have reigned over the club. Jon and Justin looked at where a larger role for Jaylen Brown might come, but that was only the an appetizer to a longer discussion.... where Justin and Jon take opposing sides on the future of Kyrie in Boston.
It's the All Star Break, but there is no respite from the rumors and speculation surrounding the Celtics summer of stars. Kyrie, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant spent the past weekend in a bromantic whirlwind that set Twitter ablaze. Jon and Justin discussed the wild weekend and how the confluence of rumors could impact the Celtics in 2020 and beyond. This show went pretty wild as Jon became excited at the prospect of a Kyrie, KD, and Brow lineup and Justin was... let's just say just a tad less than impressed.
The expletives were flying for Celtics fans after a pair of dispiriting losses to Lebron's Lakers and Doc's Clippers and Celtics Stuff Live was no exception... expletives omitted of course. Jon and Justin laid into the Celtics' effort before looking at how much responsibility Brad Stevens bears and whether he is capable of coaching all star players. Speaking of Kyrie, his role as a leader has been discussed but perhaps more importantly is how well Kyrie and his teammates are meshing as he moves in and out of the lineup.
The Celtics are rolling as winners in 9 out of their last 10 games (the only loss to the Warriors in a nailbiter) and all anyone is talking about is Kyrie's future and Anthony Davis. Justin and Jon looked at what this hot streak means in context of a season deemed by many to be a disappointment, but is that fair? Haven't the Celtics been really good for long enough that the losing streaks are outliers?
Four wins in a row, including a great victory over the Raptors, were a tremendous lift for the inconsistent 2019 Celtics, but even this run of success was overshadowed last week. Jon and Justin looked at how the week moved from Jaylen Brown's plea for togetherness transformed into a pair of apologies from Kyrie: one to the team and another to Lebron James for being a twerp when they were both in Cleveland. The subsequent 4 game win streak over some peppy teams like the Hawks and Heat who don't roll over easily. Maybe, just maybe, they've turned the corner.
Celtics Stuff Live returns in the new year to look back on the post Christmas road trip and the C's return to winning basketball with a 3-0 home stand. Improved ball movement, the return of Horford and Morris from injury, and most of all, confident efforts from Hayward, Rozier and Brown. Maybe those three bench players have found their games and are ready to consistently help the Celtics win night after night.