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.
The last episode of Celtics Stuff Live during the Regular Season has Justin and Jon looking to the postseason with caution. Rebounding is an issue, but this team needs someone to step up and the crew has their sites set on one player.
In the first half or the show Jon and Justin look ahead to Wednesday's match-up against the Cavs and second guess just about every decision the organization has made since the All-Star break, including the one from Sunday to play Lebron James extended minutes to secure a win against Indiana. In the second half of the show the guys discuss Jae Crowder's elbow and how "weird" it is that we do not have an update yet on the status. From there, Jon finally has his chance to through serious like the way of the Dancing Bear, now playing in Maine with the Red Claws, and review a curious re-ordering of the 2016 draft class recently put out by Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton.
The Celtics are now in sole possession of first place after the Spurs thump the Cavs who are slipping down the stretch. Jon and Justin discuss Lebron's injury in that match-up and the likelihood that the Celtics will finish in 1st place. We also look back at the win predictions from Chris Forsberg's ESPN Celtics Summer forecast to see how likely they are to come true for the season. Also covered in the show are recent updates on the Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward free agent front for potential offseason acquisitions along with our preferred postseason opponents.
Jon and Justin kick off discussing a "more dominant than the scoreboard indicates" win against the Wizards that has them in the driver's seat for the 2nd overall seed in the Eastern Conference with an eye on Cleveland as they try to manage Lebron's load down the stretch. Other topics on the show include what the Celtics need to focus on between now and the playoffs, Ray Allen on the outs with the '08 Championship Team reunion vacation, and a round up March Madness and potential Celtics lotto picks.
Jon and Justin express frustration with losses to the Clippers and Nuggets over the past week, while lauding the performance of the defense against the Warriors in a late night win on Wednesday. With March Madness on deck, there is some love for Jayson Tatum and a look at some of the potential Celtics draft picks that will be featured during the tournament. In the second half of the show, we look at the Western Conference standings and potential playoff match-ups as well as the Celtics seeding in the Eastern Conference and how they will perform against lesser opponents down the stretch with so many home games and not much distance to travel. Will they "Do Their Job"?
Coming off a brutal last minute loss to the Suns, Jon and Justin begin to look ahead to March Madness and prospects in the draft because who wants to relive Sunday night, really? In the second half of the show, we discuss Positional Flexibility as it relates to the existing roster, future moves and cornucopias.
Jon and Justin come out of the All-Star break on fire, unlike the Celtics who dropped one to the Raps withe their new additions sans Lowry and escaped with a victory last night against the Pistons. The good news is that Justin's untouchables Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart played a big role in the messy win. The bad news is that The Duke had to hear about it and revisit the kind of superstitious numerology that makes Justin appear a little off his rocker. Enjoy the show, it is a fun one!
The trade deadline is fast approaching and with Isaiah Thomas giving us the googly eyes we decided to stay woke and record late night, waiting on every tweet like all other manic Celtics twitter insomniacs. All Star weekend, Boogie, Hield versus Brown, PJ Tucker and Free Agency ran the gamut on this show.
Jon and Justin discuss the upcoming All-Star break and how the timing of Paul Pierce's last game sets the table well for some solid networking over the weekend. We also get into the trade deadline, our list of untouchables, and potential trade targets at the deadline (mostly PG and JB). Justin also laments the Jaylen Brown injury while Jon lauds the performance of James Young when called upon in the second half in a win against the Jazz. Enjoy the show!
Jon and Justin bask in the afterglow of Paul Pierce's final game in Boston and a week full of winning as the team went undefeated in this past week's set of games. A little credit is handed out to Doc Rivers for his role in making the day extra special with not a dry eye to be found. Jon and Justin also break down the progression of Jaylen Brown and debate Avery Bradley's fit on the roster now that the defense has found it's way in his absence.
Jon and Justin discuss the recent defensive turnaround which will hopefully be the final resolve of a season long identity crisis at that end of the floor. The Carmello rumors don't seem to want to go away and Rondo pays tribute to "His Vets" as things in Chicago play out predictably poor. Finally, with Paul Pierce's last game in Boston less than a week away, we talk about his legacy and remember some classic moments from his career.
Jon returns to the show after his week vacation in Disney and has his checklist of gripes for a Celtics team that has lost it's way on defense and went 1-2 in his absence. There is some debate about the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony as a possible trade target, and proof that Phil Jackson has not been on Red Auerbach's level.
Patrick Gilroy fills in this week while Jon Duke is vacationing at Disney World. With the first half of the season set to close after the completion of tonight's tilt against the Hornets, we offer a mid-season review and set expectations for the second half. Kelly Olynyk gets heavy discussion following his best performance of the season against the Hawks and subsequent bizarre ankle injury at practice on Sunday. So goes the Celtics and while their depth doesn't put them over the top, it certainly keeps them from falling to the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. All tht and more on this week's edition of Celtics Stuff Live.
Jon and Justin kick it all off with a look at the standings which find Tuesday's opponent, the Toronto Raptors, with a single game of separation in the standings. The Celtics have won four straight while the Raps are 5-5 in their last ten games and the Celtics find themselves right where we thought they would be; fighting their Atlantic Division rival for 2nd place in the Conference. In the second half of the show we take a quick look at Olynyk and Smart before giving our takes on Jae Crowder's response to the fans cheering for Gordon Hayward and rumors that Jimmy Butler may be available once again.
Jon and Justin return from a holiday break with lots to discuss from around the NBA. The Celtics squad is now healthy and the schedule has finally begun to loosen it's grip. Old Friend Rajon Rondo finds himself in a predictably awkward position with his new team and Justin wonders if it was all by design, not just in Chicago but Atlanta as well. Enjoy the show!