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Celtics Stuff Live | The Original Boston Celtics Podcast

Celtics Stuff Live was the original live interactive webcast produced specifically for Celtics fans. The show originally aired for two hours every Sunday night and featured regular and prominent guests such as Mike Gorman, Sean Grande, Steve Bulpett, Marc Spears, Peter Vecsey, Mark Murphy, Scott Souza, Kelly Dwyer and Gary Tanguay and broadcast on CelticsBlog.com. Justin Poulin was one of the first members of the internet media to be credentialed with access to the locker room. After effectively retiring in early 2012, Celtics Stuff Live returns with Jon Duke and Justin Poulin featuring the interviews and expert analysis that listeners came to expect from the show in the Danny Ainge era. Now broadcasting on CLNS radio, Celtic Stuff Live is back! ---- CLNS Radio is an Boston-based, online, sports radio station that broadcasts some of the most well known sports radio shows in the country. *For booking or advertising inquiries, please contact the North Station Media business offices at info@clnsradio.com North Station Media also offers a comprehensive podcast university. or more information, contact the NSM business offices at nickg@clnsradio.com
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Aug 10, 2018

We finally have a starting point for the 2019 NBA season... and our Boston Celtics will kick it all off for the NBA against the Philadelphia 76ers opening night. Justin and Jon extensively looked at that matchup and tried to determine how the Celtics might start that game... Horford and going small or Horford and Baynes and one of the C's talented wings sitting.

 
One of those talented wings, Jaylen Brown, told CJ McCollum's podcast that he expects the Celtics to make the NBA Finals. In a Lebron-less Eastern Conference, Jaylen's prediction isn't nearly as controversial as one typically would expect.
 
To wrap up the show, Justin and Jon looked at the ongoing debate following Cedric Maxwell's visit to Celtics Beat on Sunday. Max suggested that Kevin Garnett was a better all-around player as a former Celtic, and then the hot takes flowed. Justin careful in showing his appreciation for KG, but Jon was ready to spill blood in his defense of Larry Joe Bird.
Jul 30, 2018

After a brief vacation break Celtics Stuff Live returned to a flurry of late July NBA news, including the signing of Marcus Smart to a four year contract at a cool $52 million. Smart has a pair of fans in Jon and Justin, who were overjoyed at his re-signing. Not only does it keep a crucial piece of the Celtics run to Banner 18 in 2019, but it also provides a mid tiered contract that is easily dealt for bigger fish. The guys also talked about Isaiah Thomas reaching out to Danny Ainge about the Celtics interest in signing him this summer. While the pieces didn't fit at this time, it's great for karmic reasons.

 
In the show's second half, Justin and Jon recapped the release of Abdel Nader and the signing of Jabari Bird to become the team's new 15th player. Then the CSL guys broke down the Raptors acquisition of Kawhi Leonard; how the deal helps Toronto and San Antonio and creates a tougher hurdle to the Finals, at least in the short term.
 
Look out for the CLNS Media YouTube channel and CSL's latest video talking with Jon's son Carter and his gift of a pair of game sneakers from Marcus Smart.
Jul 16, 2018

The Summer League Hospital Celtics may have only gotten 5 minutes from Robert Williams and have shut down the Ojeleye Factory and Jabari Bird for rest, but it seems the team has seen all it needs to see from Semi and Jabari. While the Summer League has been remarkably unremarkable, the amount of news from Vegas hasn't been voluminous but CelticsBlog's Keith Smith put out a comprehensive post with plenty of nuggets for Jon and Justin to discuss. In particular, the news of Guerschon Yabusele's less than helpful year in China setting back his defensive habits was particularly noteworthy.

 
In the show's second half, Jon and Justin poured over the Kyrie Irving situation and Smith's source's belief that Kyrie wants to return to Boston. There may be some concern a recruiting effort with Kevin Durant could lead Kyrie to New York, but is that really a better situation than in Boston with Tatum, Brown, Hayward, Horford, and on and on....??? 
Jul 6, 2018
Jon and Justin kicked off the show looking at the rocky, though still brief, tenure of Robert Williams. To say this kid has a lot of growing to do is only half true, with reports from Summer League practice that he is dunking with his elbows and swatting shots like he's on the beaches of Rio.
 
Moving ahead, the continued restricted free agency of Marcus Smart again reared its head, as most of the money on the market is spent.  Clearly today's report by Mark Murphy shows that Smart's representation isn't keen their belief he would receive a giant contract offer hasn't materialized. 
 
In the show's second half, Jon and Justin looked at the ongoing Kawhi Leonard discussion. While thankful he hasn't yet been dealt to a competitor, there are real questions as to what exactly Kawhi wants and how the Spurs can end up with anything resembling the type of trade package deserving of a player of his caliber.
Jun 25, 2018
It's no Bob. It could be Robert or Rob. But, it is also Boo Butt. 
 
That's what Robert Williams prefers to be called by friends and family, but Jon and Justin are ready for Weird Celtics Twitter to do its magic in creating a new moniker for the newest member of the Celtics.
 
Jon and Justin talked about the new archetype of a Celtics big man, whose athleticism and brute force know no equal in recent Celtics history. How Brad Stevens fits these strengths in with the current team will be fascinating.
 
In the show's second half, attention to turned to free agency and where Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard may end up. The worst case scenario, of both ending up in Philly, reared its ugly head and how the Celtics would contend. Does that possibility force the Celtics to become more competitive in going after Kawhi?
 
And in wrapping up the show, the CSL guys gave some love to Marcus Smart, in hoping he'll re-sign before the start of free agency on July 1. Jon also briefly talked about how Tweeting about his youngest son's adoration of Smart caught Marcus's attention and then pledged to send him a pair of game worn sneakers! 
 
Re-sign that man, Danny Ainge!
Jun 24, 2018

Celtics Stuff Live hosts it's 12th Annual Draft Night show.  We pick up for the final hour of the show right before the Celtics select Robert Williams from Texas A&M.  Joining us are Jeff Goodman from the new CLNS Media Podcast, The Good and Plenty Podcast along with Sam Sheehan from The Celtics Round Table on CLNS Media.  Enjoy the show!

Jun 18, 2018

It was 10 years ago today... 

The Celtics blew out the Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals and clinched their 17th NBA championship. Then, as now, Celtics Stuff Live was on the air to break it all down. Jon and Justin relived that evening and the years of struggle (both the team's struggles and the struggles within the show) leading up to that night, and then made comparisons to the current squad.

Then the battle began as Justin and Jon squared off as to why or why not the Celtics should be interested in Kawhi Leonard. Is the medical risk far too great? Or, was Kawhi's absence not as great a concern because it was posturing against a franchise he had grown tired of? Add into the mix the likelihood that Jaylen Brown would be involved in trade talks and things got spicy on the CSL airwaves.

Jun 12, 2018
Apparently if you believe Stephen A. Smith's report, there is a chance the Celtics will have a shot at sitting down with James as he figures out Decision 3.0.
 
Jon and Justin looked at the pros and cons (yes... there ARE cons) to Lebron James joining the Celtics and what that would mean to the franchise and the players on this roster.
 
One player impacted, particularly, by the Lebron rumor is Kyrie Irving. The CSL guys talked about the kerfuffle over Kyrie's free agency and whether there is any truth to Kyrie's interest in the Knicks. 
 
Wrapping up, Justin had to get Jon's deep thoughts on former Duke Blue Devil Grayson Allen's NBA prospects. 
Jun 4, 2018
The first show of the off season for Celtics Stuff Live comes with mixed emotions. It was only a week ago the Hospital Celtics were vanquished by Lebron and Cavs, Jon and Justin still aren't ready to put their bitterness aside.
 
But for their faithful listeners, the offseason talk has begun with a spirited discussion about the Celtics rotation in 2019. 
 
In the show's second half, Justin and Jon looked at the prospects of trading up into the top 7-8 in this year's draft. Who the Celtics would target in that area and what ripple effects come from that move.
May 28, 2018
The hospital Celtics just didn't have enough shots left in their doctor's bag to pull out one more "against all odds" win in the 2018 NBA playoffs. Horrendously poor shooting from the Celtics backcourt of Rozier, Smart, and Brown left the team lacking of enough offense to push ahead of a typical Lebron effort in Game 7.
 
Jon and Justin looked back on the end of the Celtics season and gazed briefly into a future of where the franchise goes from here.
 
Here's a hint... the future? It's pretty bright.
May 22, 2018
After a pair of dispiriting performances in The Land, the Celtics return home with the series tied at two games a piece. Jon and Justin broke down Game 4 and talked about the Celtics inability to get stops when necessary.
 
It goes without saying that officiating played a large role in this series, perhaps most notably Marcus Morris's aborted 4 point play which was called back due to a phantom foul. Look for Tony Brothers in Game 5.
 
To wrap up the show, Jon and Justin looked ahead to Game 5 and what the Celtics offense needs to do to bring this series home.
 
Also, Mike Breen sucks.
May 14, 2018
As Game 1's go, this was pretty nice.
 
The Celtics blowout the Cavs to kick off the Eastern Conference Finals and Jon and Justin broke it all down. Once again the Celtics ultra switchable wings made it difficult for opposing offenses with Horford playing free safety.
 
In the show's second half, the CSL guys looked at whether Lebron is on his way out. Are there clues in his approach?
May 7, 2018
"You got lucky..." 
 
That might be what Jayson Tatum told Joel Embiid after just missing a thunderous dunk on the Sixer big man, but it certainly doesn't resemble the Celtics 3-0 series lead over the Sixers.
 
Justin and Jon broke down the amazing Game 3 victory in enemy territory and looked ahead to not only a Game 4 (with Justin in attendance) but also to a now likely Conference Finals date with Lebron James.
 
The CSL guys looked at the psychology of this decisive series and whether long term damage may have been incurred by the young Sixers stars. 
 
Let's all hope Justin makes it out of Game 4 alive... or this might be the very last edition of Celtics Stuff Live!
Apr 30, 2018
Giannis might think the Celtics were not the better team in their series with the Bucks but that won't matter when the Celtics start game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Sixers Monday night.
 
Jon and Justin broke down the Celtics series with the Bucks. In particular, the value of the experience of key members of the Green (like Mook, Smarf, and Horford) helped carry them through game 7 and should be incredibly helpful against Philly (.... or is it Phila?)
 
Wrapping up the show, the injury of Justin's guy, Jaylen Brown, loomed large as Justin and Jon jumped inside Brad Stevens brain to figure out how to slow down Embiid and the booming Philly offense.
Apr 25, 2018
That's the rallying cry Celtics fans will be shouting over the next 48 hours as Game 6 rounds into focus. Marcus Smart was a tremendous boost to the Celtics as the fourth year point guard returned early from injury (as Jon predicted a month ago).
 
Following the recounting of games 3, 4, and 5; Justin went on an incredible tirade attacking the poor work by NBA officials in this series and then strapped on his tinfoil hat to question whether the league's motives are dictating poor officiating to steer the outcome of games.
 
Before wrapping up the show, the guys look ahead to Game 6 and there was a split between Jon and Justin as to whether there would be a Game 7 in Boston.
Apr 18, 2018
"The Kids Are Alright."
 
Or so Pete Townsend says, but "The Who" might also fit as to what Eric Bledsoe is still saying about Terry Rozier over a pair of devastating games. Adding to that Jaylen Brown's 30 point game 2 and Jon and Justin are feeling damn good about the Celtics chances of moving on to round 2.
 
In this vacation sponsored addition of Celtics Stuff Live, Jon and Justin broke down the first two games of the series, and looked into why trading Rozier or Brown would be so difficult in a deal for Kawhi Leonard. 
 
To wrap up the show, Justin and Jon looked at the remainder of the series and how long the Joe Prunty Era will last in Milwaukee. (Answer: Not long)
Apr 9, 2018
Enough injuries.
 
Please.
 
The Celtics went through yet another week of bad injury news, culminating in the announcement of Kyrie Irving's season ending knee surgery. 
 
So, Celtics fans, Justin and Jon among them, have had better days, but the opportunity to see players like Tatum, Brown, and Rozier grow will be tremendous in this playoff season. However, the Kawhi trade speculation infected the discussion with Jon and Justin squaring off as to whether the Celtics should make a deal for the Spurs Finals MVP.
 
In the show's second half, Jabari Bird got his time to shine after a pair of tremendous efforts of the bench. Unfortunately for Abdel Nader, Bird's emergence has increased calls for his release... and those calls were coming from inside the CSL house.
Apr 2, 2018
The wins keep on-a-rollin' with one being even more incredulous than the next. After the Celtics dispatched the East-leading Raptors on Saturday night, the #1 playoff seed came into reach with the Raptors only 2 games ahead. With the specter of Wednesday's rematch in Toronto looming, the playoff implications are HUUUUGE!
 
Jon and Justin dug into the potential playoff matchups in the East and which provided the best path forward. The 24 hours where the Raptors and Celtics face the Cavs and Bucks respectively before their rematch on Wednesday will likely tell the tale as to how these playoffs may be setup... at least to start.
Mar 30, 2018
The Celtics were playing so well with an active roster something between a Summer League roster and a G League roster that it felt improper for Jon and Justin to record an edition of Celtics Stuff Live. But finally with a break in the schedule and a tremendous last second victory, CSL is back.
 
Jon and Justin talked about about the myriad of injuries the team has faced and how Coach of the Year-to-be Brad Stevens has made it all happen. Looking ahead to the Playoffs, the CSL guys looked at the potential playoff path, why Philly is a better playoff opponent, and the potential of a Celtics-Rockets Finals in the face of all of these injuries.
Mar 19, 2018

Ray Allen is coming out with a book next month that nearly absolves himself of any sort of blame in his ongoing rift with his former Celtics teammates. Can you imagine what the CSL guys had to say?

Well,  Jon "Doc Brown" Duke and Justin "Marty McFly" Poulin jumped back into the Delorean to talk about the 2008 Celtics and Ray Allen's inability to accept nearly any blame in this high school drama. 

Not to be left out, Glen "Big Baby" Davis was in the news thanks to his arrest for selling a decent amount of marijuana. This lead to Jon and Justin talking about how mental health is handled in today's game and whether being honest provides opponents with a competitive advantage.

To wrap, Jon and Justin looked at the copious injuries that have hit the Celtics within the last week and whether the team should extend itself at all to attempt to get a higher playoff seeding.

Mar 12, 2018

The Celtics got bitten hard by the injury bug... first with Jaylen's frightening fall, then Horford heads home sick, and wrapping with Kyrie exiting the Pacers game early with his balky knee. But Jon and Justin see opportunities for growth with the keys getting passed to certain younger Celtics.

Jon gave a bit of a preview of the NCAA Tournament and which NBA Draft prospects stand the best chance for a deep run into tournament. Jon also gives up his sleeper picks for your bracket busting fun,.

To wrap, Jon and Justin gave their predictions for the 3 games this week, including a match-up with future Celtics Anthony Davis.

Mar 5, 2018

In Houston we had a problem late in the game, but the Celtics nearly won a hard fought game against the league leading Rockets. This isn't horseshoes, but "close" might be good enough when you are on the road facing a club still VERY SALTY over the outcome of the last matchup in Boston.

Justin had some criticism for Brad Stevens handling of the final minutes and the removal of the scorching hot Greg Monroe in favor of the scuffling Al Horford. Jon backed "Team Dad" Horford and saw Al as a necessary and nearly permanent fixture at the end of Celtics games.

In the show's second half, Justin and Jon recorded from Hayward Island as they maintain their stance that Gordon Hayward will return to play for the Celtics this season. Justin is unconvinced the numbers associated with the Alter-G are all that helpful in understanding Hayward's recovery progress.

Feb 26, 2018
Celtics Stuff Live is back from its All Star hiatus and thankfully we have some real live Celtics wins to discuss and celebrate. Marcus Smart's return from injury was welcomed, due in no small part to the team's inability to defend throughout his absence. 
 
In the second half of the show, Justin crowed proudly on the recently strong play of Jaylen Brown and tried to determine whether a bigger role is headed Brown's way. Jon wasn't convinced, but saw an increased need for Brown's emergence if Jayson Tatum doesn't return to his early season form.
Feb 12, 2018

It was a magical day Sunday as the Boston Celtics raised Paul Pierce's #34 to the rafters. A fantastic ceremony included appearances by Antoine Walker, Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo, and the next player to be honored in that fashion, Kevin Garnett. Bobby Manning joined Jon and Justin to provide some of their favorite Paul Pierce memories and looked back at Pierce's long and successful career in green.

There was a game today as well, and while all involved would love to forget it ever occurred, that was not a luxury the CSL Guys could afford. Bobby took aim at the Celtics uneventful trade deadline compared to the moves made by the Cavs while Justin and Jon were more frustrated with the Celtics play. 

Marcus Smart was again a topic of conversation as the Celtics held on to the point guard at the trade deadline. Jon was optimistic about the team's chances to keep him in free agency thanks to Lou Williams' setting the new market for deals of this size. 

Feb 7, 2018
The much anticipated matchup with the Raptors went about as well as going through Customs with a machete, but Celtics Stuff Live gave thanks to the Cavs for making the rubber glove treatment seem pale in comparison. Jon and Justin took pride in calling the demise of the Cavs as far back as this fall and noted how Kyrie truly was the canary in the coal mine.
 
In the show's second half, Jon detailed some of the options before the Celtics at the trade deadline and Jon and Justin laid out Marcus Smart's future with the team.
 
To wrap up the show, Justin looked ahead to Sunday's game against the Cavs and the retirement of Paul Pierce's #34 jersey in a special postgame ceremony. Jon and Justin discussed Paul Pierce's legacy and what he has meant to the franchise and its fans over the last 20 years. 
 
And in building the connection with its fans, Justin had the opportunity to attend the Super Bowl Sunday game against Portland. What made this visit so special is that Justin was able to bring his son Riley to his first Celtics game. Justin and Riley were able to chat with CLNS Media's Nick Gelso at halftime. You can view the video of Justin, Riley, and Nick here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dhK-mxaNq0
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