The first week of the Regular Season is in the books and Justin wastes no time in touting the fact that he predicted the W-L record for week one. We discuss the second unit, and in particular the emergence of playing time for Jordan Mickey in the Saturday match-up against the Hornets. Other topics include questioning whether the team can continue the trend from last season of performing well on the second night of back-to-backs. The front court play, specifically Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller, is scrutinized and the ultimate insertion of Kelly Olynyk into the starting lineup would be warranted. Finally, the debate turns to whether Horford is being underutilized and our predictions for week 2 result that includes another back-to-back with two national televised games against the Bulls and Cavs
The cuts have been made and the ground has been broken for a new practice facility honoring the Patriarch of Celtics basketball. Jon and Justin discuss the worst of birthday presents for RJ Hunter, but more so the curious case of Benjamin Bentil. This all leads to a discussion around the Celtics having so many assets that some may eventually come back to haunt them and the hunch that a completed CBA may allow for more action on the trade front this season. Of course, what organization seems more poised for collapse and trade, then the Celtics first prime time opponent of the season, the Chicago Bulls? Tossed into the mix is a quick review of the Celtics Stuff Live fantasy basketball league and a few other tangents.
Tom Westerholm makes his first appearance on Celtics Stuff Live to help wrap up the preseason. We discuss shortening the preseason, the unlucky timing of Marcus Smart's injury and the task Terry Rozier will have in replacing Evan Turner. We also discussed whether Kelly Olynyk should have elected to have shoulder surgery sooner and Tom gives an AMAZING breakdown of the case for Young and against Hunter for the final roster cut. We hope you enjoy!
With only two preseason games remaining and roster cuts imminent, Jon and Justin break down a list of 6 players of which two will not make the Celtics squad. Offering up their predictions and wild card scenarios. RJ Hunter gets some love for his performance in the second half against the Knicks showing confidence and signs he is evolving form a shooter to a scorer. The discussion then turns to the rotations and substitution patterns which have seemed clunky at times. Justin gives Al Horford a new nickname and what show would be complete without discussing the roles and performances of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.
Celtics Stuff Live looks back this week to one of the highlights of the show, an interview with Early Lloyd from March 2008. Earl Lloyd is known as the first black person to play in an NBA game (one of four players to break the barrier in the 1950-1951 season). Early talks about his upbringing in Virginia, College days at West Virginia State College, and how much the world has changed since his playing days. One of best quotes from the interview is something that he learned from his parents, "Never dignify ignorance." We hope you will enjoy this interview as much as we did when we recorded it over 8 years ago.
Jon and Justin discuss potential line-ups and substitution patterns, Avery Bradley's development, trading Olynyk for Noel since both are up for a payday and how end of the bench players such as Mickey, Hunter, and Young are looking to make the team. There is also some talk about the draft and stash big men and how they seem to stay in the news even if they didn't stay in the country after the draft/summer league.
An old friend joins Celtics Stuff Live, as Eric Weiss of Sports Aptitude makes an appearance in the offseason interview series. Eric has been mentioned throughout this series as he and Jeff Clark from CelticsBlog helped to pioneer credentialed access for CelticsBlog as the first blog to gain access to the locker room. Since then, Eric has provided coverage for DraftExpress, Scout.com, and Yahoo Sports before venturing into the field of analytics and starting his own company. We discuss his immersion in the tech boom culture during his college years in the Bay Area.