Kevin O'Connor is our guest this week leading up to Thursday night's draft. The discussion focuses on Murray, Brown and Labissiere for the top tier prospects as well as some sleepers later in the draft and rising prospect Sabonis. Jon and Justin follow up with their final takes heading into the draft and announce plans for the draft night show and a Part 3 series looking back at Draft Night 2007 that will release in the three days leading up to the draft.
Jeff Goodman from ESPN joins us this week as we inch closer to the NBA Draft in less than 2 weeks. Jeff blows up both Jon and Justin's top 3 rankings for the Celtics with the third pick. Jeff throws out the idea of trading Smart and the #16 pick for Nerlens Noel and is willing to give up #23 as well, using the 3rd pick to select Dunn who he tabs as a "New Age Point Guard" and a potential top 5 PG in a few years. Goodman also threw some cold water on Justin's love for Jaylen Brown, but ended strong by advocating for Sabonis at #16 who is a favorite of both CSL hosts. We review some value picks at #16/23 and Goodman prepares for backlash by saying that Isaiah Thomas is a #4, maybe #3, on a championship caliber team. After the interview, Jon and Justin break down the interview and give their take on all the draft analysis, with a hot debate to be continued about whether or not Kevin Love has a spot on this roster.
This week on Celtics Stuff Live we discuss the outcome of the Western Conference Finals and whether or not that legitimately brings Kevin Durant back into the offseason discussion. Moves from the front office this past week, extending the contracts of Ainge and Stevens has Jon and Justin thinking that may be the case. And, what offseason would be complete without revisiting Boogie Cousins thanks to an update to the DraftExpress mock draft that saw Chris leap into the 3rd slot. We answer questions from twitter followers and close out the show forcing ourselves to pick a favorite player for the 3rd pick and Just braces himself for twitter hate...
Chris Forsberg from ESPN Boston joins CSL just prior to Monday night's OKC meltdown and discussed whether that will make for a memorable off-season for the Celtics courtship of Kevin Durant. While Chris denies having a man-crush on any one prospect for the Celtics if they make the 3rd, Justin is all in on Jaylen Brown noting that the Cal product moved up on the DX mock draft ahead of Bender, while Jon hopes that LA falls in love with Bender so that Ingram can fall to #3. Finally, we end the show discussing the possibility of no trades and debate whether Ainge and his staff can trust the competitive process moving forward.
Celtics Stuff Live welcomes Scott Souza from the MetroWest Daily News to the show. Scott gave his take on the season, the draft lottery, and offseason possibilities for Jared Sullinger. With water sufficiently poured on the Durant to Boston hopeful fires, we also looked forward to what could be an exciting Finals between the Cavs and Thunder. After the interview, Jon and Justin answer questions from fans on twitter and debate the potential picks in June's draft as well as the importance that HYPE will play in positioning the Celtics to move the #3 pick for the best possible return.
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Sean Grande joins Jon and Justin for the first off-season episode of Celtics Stuff Live. Some crazy names get dropped, like Robert Swift..Marcus Banks..Brandon Hunter..and JR Bremer...see if you can handle it. Sean emphasized how the lack of shooting and hitting open looks really hurt this team in the postseason, but especially because of the draw against the Hawks. We discuss how the Celtics lost both tiebreakers for playoff seeding and draft position, which did not receive enough angst at the time. Looking ahead at the draft, trades and free agency through the prism of Evan Turner's spectacles and the benefit of wet cement.
Celtics Stuff Live closes out the regular season with an early edition release previewing the playoffs and featuring first time guest Ryan Bernardoni from CelticsHub and Celtics Redditt who you can follow @dangercart on twitter. Ryan discussed match-ups with Atlanta and what Celtics need to do to get through the defense with an eye forward to the offseason. After the interview Jon and Justin followed up on the interview and identified key match-ups and how far the first round series will go, with Justin predicting an unanticipated scrappy series.
Steve Bulpett joins Celtics Stuff Live as the final guest of the regular season. With two games remaining, Steve places an emphasis on playing out the season and establishing or maintaining the team's rhythm in lieu of resting players and accepting the 6th seed to stay out of the Cavaliers bracket in the postseason. Steve also discussed his belief that the extra cap room this summer will be a cause for even less free agent movement and that the Celtics are not willing to give a max contract to a player who isn't deserving for a number of reasons. After the interview with Steve, Jon and Justin make their predictions for how the Celtics will finish out the year and the odds that Dallas could still fall out of the playoffs and possibly handover the 12th pick in the draft (the spot Devin Booker was picked in last year).
Ian Thomsen from NBA.com joins Celtics Stuff Live this week to discuss his well-timed article on Isaiah Thomas just before the Celtics grabbed a win against the Warriors on Friday night. Ian also praised the efforts of Mike Zarren and described his value in preventing the Celtics from falling into the trip of overpaying for a Free Agent in the offseason. A look ahead at the playoffs has Ian as mystified as anyone else so to what is happening in Cleveland, but acknowledges they will be dangerous. After the discussion with Ian, Jon and Justin go into more depth on the win against Golden State and snapping their home win streak, as well as a look ahead to the final 5-6 games of the season with tough match-ups against the other Eastern Conference 3-6 seeds.
Jimmy Toscano from CSNNE joins Justin and Jon for this week's episode of Celtics Stuff Live. We looked at the past week with four wins straight, the improved play of Amir Johnson and the increasingly positive contributions of Evan Turner in Jae Crowder's absence. We didn't stop there however, as Lebron James has provided some cumulative material that should have the fans in Cleveland sweating. There was some controversy in Boston a s well, with Bob Ryan all ready to give up on Marcus Smart and his future with the Celtics. Jon and Justin ended the show agreeing to agree on Smart being deserving of more time before closing the book on a 22-year old with less than 2 years of NBA experience.
Chris Forsberg from ESPNBoston joins Jon and Justin this week to discuss their lost episode, the NCAA tournament and the lack of lottery picks in the sweet 16, Kelly Olynyk's return to the line-up and the notable impact of Crowder's injury on the performance of the Celtics over the 4 game skid as they fall out of the 3rd seed.
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Celtics Stuff Live introduces a surprise new co-host to kick off the show, which will both shock and excite the listening audience. Then, Scott Souza from the MetroWest Daily News joins the crew to discuss the biggest surprises of the year and why other teams haven't figured out Isaiah Thomas. They recap and discuss Saturday's loss in Cleveland and what implications a rematch in the playoffs would have on off-season targets in free agency. Jon and Justin pick it up after the interview with Scott further discussing the Cavs game and Jon predicts the Celtics can take Cleveland to 7 games if they have a chance to match up in the postseason. Closing out the show, they debate if the Celtics can get 50 wins and Jon previews the NCAA conference tournaments and offers up some teams and names to watch heading towards selection Sunday and March Madness.
This week on Celtics Stuff Live we pick right up where we left off last week with the Duke teaser.
While Jon didn't appreciate the cliff hanger last week, he was more than happy to talk about Duke Basketball and the players potential fit into Brad Stevens' system. This led to wrapping the Okafor rumor trade deadline rumor and last week's discussion about that being a possible smokescreen which was fleshed out this week on CelticsBlog by Jeff Clark.
Mark Murphy from the Boston Herald was our esteemed guest to discuss the state of the team and the DISGUSTING play of Steph Curry on Saturday night in the OT matchup with the Thunder.
Mark and Justin gave ET props for his being a major factor on the second unit this season and how the team has responded as of late against taller and athletic line-ups with a rematch against Utah on the docket for Monday night!
Justin Poulin of Celtics Stuff Live tells you the FULL story behind the Celtics Stuff Live Podcast, his covering the Boston Celtics Locker Room during the 2008 Championship season and sports podcasting way back in 2003 (before #podcasting even had a name).
Amir Johnson, Point Forward & a look back at Celtics Stuff Live covering the Boston Celtics locker room in 2008 Championship season - The Garden Report: Boston Celtics Post Game Show featuring Justin Poulin (Part 2 of 2)
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The CSL train keeps rolling along as Sean Grande joins the crew along with a special guest from Omaha (or was it Idaho?). With the impending deadline, there was certainly trade talk and rumors to discuss, but Sean had many stats in his pocket. Jon and Justin also announced the details for a ticket giveaway (follow them on twitter CSL_Duke/CSL_Justin and don't forget to #CSLReturns to enter the drawing). The team will be back along with Celtics Beat's Larry H Russell this Thursday with a live show from 2:30-4pm to tackle your calls in the heat of the deadline!
Chad Finn from Boston.com joins Jon and Justin to discuss the most/least tradeable players from the Celtics active 9 man rotation, the resurgence of Tyler Zeller, and the understated performance of Amir Johnson this season. Chad also points to the fences (tongue in cheek) calling his shot that Kevin Durant will sign in Boston this summer. Following Chad’s appearance, Jon and Justin discus the value of the 2017 pick versus this year’s pick and whether or not the Celtics can challenge Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings.
Celtics Stuff Live comes out of a 5 year retirement in style with CSN Shot Caller, Mike Gorman! Jon and Justin pick up right where they left off with this entertaining interview. Mike puts Brad Stevens as a top 3 coach the league today and destined for Springfield due to the team taking on the identity of the coach, something generally reserved for the college ranks. Marcus Smart as the future leader of the team, Isaiah Thomas the All Star, and trading the Brooklyn pick highlight other topics during the show. Jon and Justin are happy to be back, thanks to CLNS Radio and are here to stay. Follow us on Twitter CSL_Justin and CSL_Duke!