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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.