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!
Good friend Mike Gorman makes his first appearance on Celtics Stuff Live for the 2016-2017 Regular Season. We discuss the big win against the Grizzlies on Tuesday night, Isaiah Thomas' comments that they "turned the season around" and took a close look at the four most promising young players on the roster. In the second half of the show, Jon and Justin asked Mike to settle their twitter debate on the lengthy reviews involving the league office and his experiences with Scal and the third person in the broadcast booth. Don't miss this one - an hour of Mike Gorman to put you in the holiday spirit.
Jon and Justin kickoff the show discussing the Isaiah Thomas, Boogie Cousins, and Noel trade chatter along with new CBA as details have begun to emerge that have a significant impact on teams ability to trade and structure their plans for the future. With December 15th behind us and January 15th around the corner, the ratification of the new CBA should open the flood gates coming out of the holidays. A look back at the week, the play of of the second unit and a healthy roster are discussed as well as whether Jonas Jerebko or Kelly Olynyk should supplant Amir Johnson in the starting line-up. Enjoy the show!
Jon laments his correct prediction for the Celtics record over the past week at 1-3 and Isaiah's injury is not pegged as the culprit. While the injury has left the team without a go-to scorer in crunch time, it has also allowed Marcus Smart to showcase his passing abilities. Justin wonders if it is time for Olynyk to move into the starting line-up as was discussed during the preseason. Enjoy the show!
This week on Celtics Stuff Live, Jon and Justin discuss the flaws with the IT and D line-up in comparison to last season's team. How strangely some of the strengths and weaknesses have been opposites with the exception of the rebounding deficiencies that have consistently plagued the club. You had to know Boogie Cousins would be a topic of trade conversation as Justin eases on his boycott of any such trade as he has in the past. Jon also comes clean with his college bball allegiances as well, with Alma Mater UMaine having played his Duke Blue Devils over the weekend on Saturday. Enjoy the show!
Jon and Justin review their predictions from last week including a close one against the T-Wolves and an encouraging performance against a perennial powerhouse in the San Antonio Spurs. We give David Lee a hard time, discuss Justin's Dad's criticism of Isaiah Thomas when watching over the Thanksgiving holiday and make some Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart comparisons. Enjoy the show!
Celtics Stuff Live takes a look back at the week including Scal Trade Rumors, Justin's night at the Garden as a Guest of CSNNE and the return of Al Horford and Jae Crowder as the team is now full strength for the first time this season. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week!
Jon and Justin take a look at the past week of ups and downs, both in terms of the Celtics efforts and the play of Jaylen Brown and James Young. Kelly Olynyk also seems to have returned to form rather quickly following shoulder surgery and has helped defensively more than we realized. And finally, Marcus Smart has moved into the starting line-up for Jar Crowder and his contributions have been undeniable.
The play-by-play voice of the Main Red Claws, Chris Sedenka, joins Justin to preview the Red Claws season which begins tonight. With the Celtics relationship continuing to grow and the plethora of draft picks makes the Red Claws a must watch for every die-hard Celtics fans. In the second part of the show, Jared Weiss from The Garden Report on CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog gives insightful analysis into the defensive and rebounding struggles that we have seen from the Celtics. He also reluctantly answers whether he thinks Jared Sullinger or Evan Turner would be more helpful to the team today and we close out the show discussing the offseason training focus of Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Enjoy!
Jon and Justin review their predictions for last week and the impact that injuries to Horford and Crowder have had on the the team's play and ability to hit shots beyond the arc. We also question Tyler Zeller's place in the starting rotation over Jerebko in light of the loss to the Nuggets. Finally, we make our predictions for next week and give Jaylen his props for rising to the occasion against Lebron James in the loss last Thursday night.
Good friend Marc Spears joins Justin Poulin for this week's Celtics Stuff Live interview. We talk about his move to ESPN's "The Undefeated", his time on Boston with the Globe covering the 2008 championship team, and his work with the National Association of Black Journalists. We also talk about Jaylen Brown's connection to the Kerr family and whether or not Ray Allen's number should be retired with the Celtics.
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.
Chad Finn joins Jon and Justin as the Offseason Interview Series is wrapping up through the preseason. Chad's interview with Bobby Manning was the inspiration for the series and Chad shares his unique career path with our listeners. The trio of UMaine alumni looks back on the heyday of the hockey program and the opportunity that the program's success had in vaulting Chad's career.