Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke returned from a brief hiatus to look at the return of NBA basketball in late July, took a brief spin down 90's NBA memory lane, but most notably... Justin made a MAJOR CONFESSION that will leave everyone speechless.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked at the feasibility of the NBA returning as state governments begin to allow businesses to re-open and even allow NBA players to workout in team training facilities.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke got back together to talk about the possibility of the NBA returning before returning that old CSL chestnut... Ray Allen. Jon and Justin dug in deep on why this won't get resolved and who truly deserves blame.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke celebrated the great Kevin Garnett on the announcement of his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The guys talked about KG's place in history and how he fits next to his fellow inductees... Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke jumped into the Wayback Machine to talk about the 2008 champions after NBC Sports Boston has begun to re-air classic Celtics games. CSL was the only Celtics podcast in those days and the guys never miss a chance to reminisce about those glory days. Also there's a special audio nugget at the end of this one for those who "remember."
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke jumped head first into the COVID-19 waters and discussed what's on their minds as we all face this virus and how it changes each of us. In the second half, the eyes turn to the situation locally and Delaware North's inability to stand up for their employees at the TD Garden and how a prolonged NBA season suspension impacts the league for years to come.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke dusted off a Celtics team who squeaked out a win in Indiana after some bad losses amid continued injury struggles. Can the Celtics ever get healthy for a consistent stretch of games? Who would be their best path through the Eastern Conference playoffs?
Lastly, Justin and Jon have a MARVEL-ous new set of nicknames for this team. Truly FANTASTIC stuff.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke were ready to sing the praises of newly minted Celtics star Jayson Tatum after a 3-1 west coast road trip and Tatum's ascent into the NBA's stratosphere. The CSL guys also discussed how the Celtics locker room plays a big role in Tatum's level up.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke returned from their All Star Break slumber to look ahead to the remainder of the 2020 NBA regular season and where the Celtics' fortunes lie. Can they get past Toronto? Will the west coast trip through LA cause issues? Or will they be singing "Happy Trails?"
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke gushed effusive praise at the feet of Jayson Tatum after the Celtics double overtime win over the Clippers. Tatum's play all over the court, but in particular head to head with Kawhi Leonard had the CSL Guys making heady comparisons Celtics all time greats. Later, it was time to talk about The Big Ticket and his place in Celtics history after the team announced it will retire his jersey next season.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke look at the Celtics as they enter the NBA Trade Deadline with some bench needs but no glaring roster holes. Then the CSL guys looked at the playoff picture and how important the 2 seed could be for the Celtics' chances for a run to the Finals.
Celtics Stuff Live's Jon Duke was joined by CLNS founder Nick Gelso to look back on Kobe Bryant's legacy, in tragic aftermath of the Laker star's passing this week. Jon and Nick put Kobe's career in context with the league's greats but also looked at his role as a beacon to today's stars. In the show's second half, Nick and Jon celebrated Jayson Tatum's All Star nod and looked ahead to the Celtics' matchup with Philly on Saturday.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke were glad to move past a rough couple weeks for the Celtics and discuss the amazing win over the Lakers on Monday night. Jon relayed his experiences at the game and the guys took the Gordon Hayward conversation a step further to weigh how Hayward's role is dictated by the way Ainge built this roster.
Lastly, Jon got a bit hot under the collar in the Outtakes due to some premature criticism for the Celtics 2019 draft.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke debated whether the Celtics are legitimately in a post-holiday slide and whether bigger changes are needed for the team to reach their highest possible ceiling. Should Hayward be dealt? Is Kanter as valuable as it seems?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke welcomed Celtics radio play by play voice Sean Grande back to the show to commemorate the momentous occasion of the 600th episode of the first Celtics podcast. Sean, Justin and Jon dug into the current state of the team and how challenging it can be to live what the rest of us consider a normal life when Friday doesn't feel like a Friday.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke returned from the long holiday slumber to rejoice the Celtics nearly perfect run since mid-December. The prospective All Stars of Kemba, Tatum, and Brown get the shine, but the work of Theis, Wannamaker, and Kanter shouldn't go unnoticed. In particular, the guys focused on Enes Kanter's eye popping numbers that in some defensive categories have him as the best defensive center in the league.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke let the Celtics long lay off after the loss to Philly sink in and looked ahead to where that loss (and the losses to injury) places the Celtics. Despite strong efforts from Theis and Kanter, calls for acquiring a center have gotten louder in the wake of injuries to Vinnie Sex Pants and Timelord. Is there a deal to get done or is it Tacko Time?
Justin and Jon wrapped the show by offering an extended outtakes to preview the games through the start of 2020.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back the Celtics' undefeated week against championship contenders and looked ahead to a pair of challenges against the Pacers and Sixers. Where do the Celtics stand in a much improved Eastern Conference? Can they overtake the rolling Bucks?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke stepped away from the F Thanksgiving leftovers to discuss the Celtics' home and home with the Nets and a Sunday afternoon takeover from the Jays. But if you want Daniel Theis talk... this is the podcast for you.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back on an eventful week for the Celtics with a pair of tough losses on the road against championship contenders and nearly lost Kemba for the year. Yet, the Celtics kept coming but shouldn't Brown and Tatum get more responsibility in running the team's offense?
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke discussed the Celtics' 2-1 start to the west coast road trip and the emergence of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as key pieces toward the team's outstanding start. Tatum's improved shot profile and defensive impact coupled with Brown's markedly improved scoring and rebounding have made the Celtics legitimate threats toward a deep playoff run.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke talk about rainbows, unicorns, and the Celtics 8-1 start leading the NBA in this latest episode. Despite Gordon Hayward's broken hand, the Celtics keep on rolling and the CSL guys think a lot of credit goes to Kemba Walker and blame goes to those who assumed Jaylen and Jayson couldn't make plays for others.
Is this sustainable for the long haul? Jon and Justin come at that answer from different directions.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked back at a great start to the 2020 Boston Celtics season and how much size hasn't mattered in determining wins and losses thus far. Bench struggles have persisted but the question of which bench players will break out is answered in the show's second half.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke are PUMPED UP! A 3-1 start punctuated with big wins over the Raptors and Bucks have the boys excited and making some pretty interesting comparisons to teams and players of Celtics' past.
Celtics Stuff Live's Justin Poulin and Jon Duke looked into Jaylen Brown's big time contract extension and what it says about the Celtics ceiling over the next two years and how it impacts his teammates.
In the second half of the show, the guys looked ahead to opening night against Philly, predicted the first week of results, and hit the outtakes with some surprising praise for the folks at League Pass.
A special hat tip to the late, great Andy Jick for his help with our new/old intro.