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For our soft launch, we decided to discuss TWO such deep dives (we'll usually have some brief current news before wherever we decide to go for the focus of each pod), feeling we needed to take stock of all of this summer's moves and how they could pan out next season, as well as a bigger-picture look at player movement and other pressing issues related to the league as a whole. We hope you dig the new name and format, and welcome any feedback on what you like -- or don't.
Will Kyrie Irving and Al Horford stay? Will the Cs be able to trade for the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis? Will Danny Ainge go ahead and trade for Davis even if Boston can't return Irving and Horford? Could Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson's injuries impact the future plans of Boston's free agents? What might their options be to improve the team in any of these scenarios?
With so much at stake for Boston in the coming days and weeks, and SO much misinformation out there regarding trade and signing rules and the limits they place on teambuilding, we thought it wise to invite Ryan Bernardoni on the show, better known to most Celtics fans as @Dangercart on Twitter, where he is regularly doing Red's work by helping casual fans and media alike out with his legendary cap knowledge.
We also cover the big news since our last pod, from the Toronto Raptors' first NBA championship to the injuries of the Golden State Warriors and how it could re-shape the league, all the way to where it looks like Kyrie might be headed and who will likely win the AD trade sweepstakes. So buckle up, hit play, and let Mark Allison and Justin Quinn help you sort through all the madness that's been unleashed in this already-crazy offseason. Apologies in advance for the occasional drop in sound quality, but we think you'll love this episode just the same.
How will Boston contain (or at least slow) Giannis Antetokounmpo? What kinds of matchups and rotations will we see? Will Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon be able to return in time to impact the series? If Boston can get past the Bucks, who might they face in the Conference Finals and beyond? Join Cam Tabatabaie and Justin Quinn as they try to answer these questions and more in this week's CL Pod.
At the same time, longtime rivals Los Angeles Lakers are facing potential disaster, as LeBron James' arrival has failed to produce measurable improvement, and has had a negative impact on team chemistry in the wake of failed Anthony Davis trade machinations, while one of their brightest prospects faces a life-threatening malady. Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they discuss these issues and the remaining schedule of the season, getting us up to speed on all the above and more in this week's CL Pod.
Not only have they gone from one of the league's worst teams in terms of putting points up, but have morphed into one of the league's most elite offensive units over the last five games. Even when missing multiple key players due to minor injuries and illness, they have still found ways to keep winning, owning the league's longest win streak. They even made history against the Chicago Bulls, breaking several league and franchise records in that 56-point victory. Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they cover the offensive renaissance, and try to forgive Justin's microphone, which somehow sounds like he's talking through an old vinyl record.
There's not a whole lot to be thankful for lately as a Celtics fan, but Topher Lane and Justin Quinn try their best to take the long view yet again, looking at Boston's rough start and the options out there that might be a solution. We had some technical issues, so apologies about the subpar audio, and we recorded this before the New York Knicks debacle. so take what we have to say with a grain of salt. We're inching back towards the precipice ourselves, so let us know why we shouldn't take the next ticket onto the Panic Bus in the comments below, or maybe help us calm down a bit, because the Cs sure as hell aren't.
And it's not just the Celtics who are looking good, with the Boston Red Sox having just won a World Series, and the Celts will face the league's last remaining undefeated team, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Thursday for what will likely be the team's biggest test of the season to date. This week, Mark Allison and Justin Quinn get into all these issues and more, ranging from cannabis' future as medicine in the league to Tyronn Lue's firing from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Robert Williams' surprising early development, and even a cameo by the Evil Emperor himself.
Leave it to life to make that a fraught proposition, however, with news of Jabari Bird's arrest on domestic violence charges, putting the Boston Celtics (and the NBA) into unchartered territory, as the latter has introduced a new, redesigned domestic violence protocol with little precedent to work with, but good science behind it.
Three former members of the Boston Celtics are now new members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, the candidacy of at least one stirring up those debates of who belongs in what halls of fame and why, and there's been a predictable uptick in Celtics-related news as camp draws closer. This week, join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they try their best to tackle all the highs and lows since our last podcast.
By now, most of us have read up on Jackie McMullen's excellent series on mental health in the NBA (and if you haven't, you should), and we're pretty sure Terry Rozier won't be in a Phoenix Suns uniform any time soon. There's Hall of Fame inductions involving former Boston Celtics on both sides of the ceremonies, and a little smidgen of other news around the league we break down in this summer edition of the CL Pod, which is running every-other week in the offseason, at least until things start to heat up, anyway.
But, since the news is not enough for a full-length podcast, we decided to pit the cities of the projected top four teams (the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets Toronto Raptors and of course the Celts) plus some classic (Los Angeles Lakers) and arguably forced (Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets) rivalries in an 8-team one-and-done tourney on which city has the best...music!
While you might not know yours truly (Justin Quinn) worked for a decade of his life as a music buyer for several independent music stores, you ought to know about CelticsLife UK correspondent Josh Coyne has a double life as a music podcaster as well, running the Handstamp Podcast in addition to his NBA coverage (seriously, check it out and subscribe if you haven't already). So, we hope our combined musical knowledge will convincingly settle the score - we gave it our best, least-biased take, so buckle up and listen to the results in the podcast above, and however you feel about non-basketball-related podcasting, we're under a month to some actual basketball business.
With that in mind, we decided it was time to dust off the microphones and record an episode of the CLPod to talk about the (very few) moves of note going down since the last time we recorded two weeks ago.
And with the team in a liminal space between seasons, neither last season's Celtics nor the next, Mark Allison and Justin Quinn got to thinking about all the different ways this timeline of Boston's journey from one contending squad to the next could have gone differently.
So, we put our heads together, and tried to imagine how the Cs might look if Danny Ainge had kept the last title team together longer, or if Brad Stevens had said no, or if Boston hadn't signed Al Horford, or...well, you'll have to listen to hear them all.
So, if you're as ready as we are for some real, live NBA games that count, you're going to have to wait a while. But if you want some news and analysis on not just this timeline, but several others we don't happen to be on, buckle up and listen to this week's CLPod - we have at least another month of doldrums ahead of us, and a lot to be thankful for, if our thought experiments are as realistic as we think they are.
With other teams wrapping up their major moves as well, the rosters of the Cs' opponents are coming into focus as well, and with big names on the move, Topher Lane and Justin Quinn break down the state of the Celtics heading into August and beyond.
Is the Kawhi Leonard trade, sending he and Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors, a difference maker in the East? Will LeBron James and his new team the Los Angeles Lakers even make the playoffs? What about the other end of that deal? Should we expect the Spurs to regain some mojo behind a miffed DeMar DeRozan?
How does Isaiah Thomas getting picked up bode for the former Celtic's future? Did Danny Ainge and company overpay Smart? Why did Justin forget his microphone (sorry, y'all)? We try to answer all these questions and more on this week's CLPod - so check it out!
For the Boston Celtics, that would be Marcus Smart's still-unresolved free agency, while for other teams, like Boston's storied rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, well - let's just say they still have a lot of work to do.
After scoring what many thought was the early coup of summer free agency in signing LeBron James, the Lake Show has not had much go their way, perhaps badly enough to force the team to reconsider championship aspirations until February, if not later.
For those of us hoping to crush James in our least favorite uniform, well, we might have to put that thought on hold for a bit - but maybe not! We decided to balance the scales with how we evaluated the Celtics offseason to date (as well as the state of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry) with friend of the show, former NBA scout and Lakers fan Alton LaBrecque, so get yourself some earphones, a speaker, or your laptop, and join Justin Quinn in this week's podcast.
For the Boston Celtics, offseasons are a thing of the past, or so it seems.Fresh off of rumors LeBron James might meet with the Celts this summer, we now hear rumors Kawhi Leonard may not be a San Antonio Spur much longer, and that Boston might be interested in trading for him. To that end, we brought on a special guest - the creator of a brand new, feature-rich trade checker (TradeNBA.com) who just happens to be a Spurs fan with an interestng connection to the organization. We also talk about the draft and what Danny Ainge might do in it, the new practice facility, and even Kyrie Irving's new song.
With the offseason in full effect for all thirty NBA teams, attention now turns to the process of assembling next season's squads, and with the Boston Celtics poised to be among the league's elite, you'd think it would look to be a slow summer.And you'd be wrong, if analysts like Stephen A. Smith are correct that LeBron James will meet with Danny Ainge this summer about joining the team. There's also (potentially related) rumblings former LeBron teammate and current Celtics star Kyrie Irving may not want to stick around after next season, a plethora of trade proposals (most of them bad) to consider. Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they try to make sense out of all this unexpected drama, as well as getting caught up on other news within the organization and around the league.
With a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals in the books, the offseason begins for the Boston Celtics.It's shaping up to be an important one, and while there's unlikely to be any "fireworks" on a scale most younger Cs fans would expect before heading into a season where Boston is widely seen to be among the league's strongest contenders, some very important business lies ahead. From resigning key free agents and potentially extending eligible players, to who the team might add via the draft and in free agency, Topher Lane and Mark Allison have plenty to discuss in this week's CL Pod. There's even a little schadenfreude to be had as they discuss the ending of Game One of the NBA Finals, and whether (or where) that end might send LeBron James, so be sure to stick around to the end.
The Boston Celtics have regained control of the Eastern Conference Finals, and only have to win one of the next two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers to dispatch LeBron James and advance to the NBA Finals.The Houston Rockets have also incredibly matched Boston's underdog performance to pull ahead of the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, but may have lost Chris Paul to a hamstring injury for at least a game if not longer. As the number of remaining games dwindles and the last series of 2018 comes into focus, which of these four teams will be the two who compete for the league's highest honor? Is Banner 18 a real possibility? Mark Allison and Justin Quinn dive into the last two games of the East Finals, and touch on the west as well, debating these questions and more.
The Boston Celtics sit atop a two-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and are poised to dispatch the Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the NBA Finals.They've done this despite injuries to Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis and Shane Alrkin, and might just be the team to end LeBron James' eight-year finals streak, last interrupted by the 2010 Celts. They still have to win another pair of games out of the five potentially remaining, and are heading to Cleveland for that squad's homestretch. How will the Cavs repond at home? What should Boston do to adjust (if anything), and if succesful, how might things get shaken up in the East? Mark Allison and Justin Quinn tackle these questions, and even take a stab at the NBA Draft prospects who might fall in Boston's range now that the draft lottery is settled.
You can't blame a team that's stunk on purpose for half a decade for getting a little over-excited on the cusp of a second-round playoff win.You can blame a player for jumping the shark with his trash talk, just like you can blame the NBA media for believing "The Process" was complete, and clear favorites to come out of the East. But that's what happened when Joel Embiid got a respectable lead at home, and when the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat in the first round to earn a second-round matchup with an injury-riddled Boston Celtics. Even Las Vegas oddsmakers favored Philly, but three games to one later, the score is a little clearer on several accounts. Join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they break down the 76ers home stretch of the series, the...interesting officiating of Game Four, the games ahead in this series and beyond, and a whole lot more.
The Boston Celtics survived the Milwaukee Bucks best punch in Game Seven of the first round, and now face the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.How did the Celts manage to gut out the first-round win despite all the injuries the team has been dealing with? How will they match up against the 76ers now that they have had a taste of Boston's elite defense? Will Philly keep shooting so poorly? Will Boston keep shooting so well? Where has this version of Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum been until now? How is Jaylen Brown's hamstring injury coming along, and will we see him on the court again this season? All these questions and more are answered by Mark Allison and Justin Quinn, followed by a modern-day duel between Eric Bledsoe and Terry Rozier to settle their enmity once and for all.
It wasn't long ago Boston Celtics fans were getting ready for the second round of the playoffs after taking an early 2-0 lead in their first-found matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.Two losses and a tied series later, the very short-term future of the team is much less clear, and a number of questions will need answering between now and this summer regardless of how the playoffs shake out. How can Boston counter the newly-energized Bucks, and if they make it past them, what things will they need to address in a second-round matchup? Once the season is over, who will be suiting up come October? Can Boston afford both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier? How will Danny Ainge structure the team in seasons to come given all the potential star talent already on the roster?Our regular listeners have heard the opinions of the CL Pod team on all these issues at one point or another, but with so many important issues headed Boston's way in the coming weeks and month, we decided to call in a special guest to provide expert opinion on all these topics and more. Join us as Justin Quinn welcomes Early Bird Right's Jeff Siegel to shed some light on all things Celtics, and get to know his new site - an invaluable resource for cap nerds and casual fans alike who want to know what makes teams tick, both on-court and off.
The Boston Celtics have a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, and are poised to take a commanding lead should they win their first away game of the series.Will they be able to close the series out in Wisconsin, or will it take a return trip to the TD Garden to finish the job? Is their lead even safe? How might Marcus Smart's potential return - and the terrible news of his mother's diagnosis - affect the Celtics' playoff aspirations? Who might shake out of the rest of the Eastern Conference range in future rounds and how might they match up with Boston? What the hell ever happened to Jason Terry's Celtics tattoo? Join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they seek to answer all of these compelling questions and more.
The Boston Celtics are limping into the 2017-18 NBA Playoffs down four of their best players, and have matched up with one of the league's most dangerous players in the first round.Playing Giannis Antetokoumpo and the Milwaukee Bucks early means the Celtics have their work cut out for them, and if they don't come hard early, they may not even have a chance of Marcus Smart coming back late in the first round to help. But this Bucks squad is far from invulnerable, so long as Boston plays the series well. The rest of the field is looking pretty beatable, from the one seed to the eighth, so we may see more upsets in both the Eastern and Western Conferences than we have in a long time. Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they break down the entire playoff picture in the East, as well as an interesting look back on the 2007-08 title squad on the tenth anniversary of that fabled run.
The Boston Celtics are quite the banged up roster, but they're getting healthier every day, and winning lots of games they probably shouldn't.What kind of future can they expect in the post season, and how might their current players develop in future seasons? With the seeding for the Eastern Conference coming into focus as we enter the last week-and-a-half in the regular season, we've got a better idea of who Boston might be facing, but if the team is missing much of its backcourt and a fair amount of the rest of their roster, will they even see the second round?More importantly, what do the Celtics have under the hood? Who might return from this year's unrestricted free agents? Do we have any potential stars on the roster? How does our depth look as the team gets older? Should we be worried about how all these insuries might affect the future play of guys with few if any years left on their deals? Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they try to divine the Cs' future - this season, and into the next few.
The Boston Celtics aren't dead - they're feeling better actually.Excuse the Monty Python reference, but with all the injuries this team has managed to keep going with yet still be in the hunt for the ultimate prize, Python's Holy Grail seems pretty apt. The starters have shown signs of life despite being left for dead by the national media, and the second unit keeps on fighting despite losing several key parts, much like the Black Knight. But what other moves has Boston made to address their significant lack of depth, and how are the playoffs looking this week? Maybe most interesting of all, why are beat writers penning missives to their lack of yearning for a departed former player six months after said exit? All these questions and more are answered by Luis Gonzales and Justin Quinn in this week's podcast.
With the Boston Celtics looking at their playoff odds to take home Banner 18 shrinking with every new injury besetting their roster, it's starting to feel like deja vu all over again.To put the icing on the cake, Isaiah Thomas recently suggested he'd not be averse for a return to a team that faced a similar scenario before getting booted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that sent Boston Kyrie Irving, who has been struggling with leg issues of his own. Join Topher Lane and Mark Allison as they discuss what Kyrie's knee, Marcus Smart's thumb, Daniel Theis' meniscus and Gordon Hayward's recovery all mean for the Celts' contention aspirations, as well as a dive into just how realistic a return by the King in the Fourth really is.
March Madness is upon us - as are a disheartening spate of injuries that may hobble the Boston Celtics' playoff aspirations.There's still scenarios where the Celtics can make some noise in the postseason, but a lot of things - from how fast players heal and whether others need surgery and how playoff seeding shakes out - could affect how the situation plays out. Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they cover all things NCAA, the injury situation and playoff picture, and even take a quick look at players who might end up available in the range of Boston's own first round pick.
With coach Brad Stevens making his most definitive statement yet about Gordon Hayward not coming back this year and Greg Monroe finally starting to look like he understands the Boston Celtics' system, it's been something of a rollercoaster of a week in terms of news. Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn take stock of where Boston sits with the three-fourths of the season behind us, how the playoff situation is shaping up in terms of seeding, and whether something needs to be done with all the teams tanking right now. So, join them as they navigate the rapidly-approaching post-season picture - there's a lot to consider, and the stakes are high.
With the action around the league slowly but surely warming up after All Star Week, Topher Lane and Mark Allison decided to take stock of where the Boston Celtics sit in the pantheon of New England sports. The Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots are league-leading squads in their respective sports - but which teams rule the northeast, and who will win it all first? Join these two as they make their cases, getting us up to speed on what's been going on with the current Celtics squad, as well as checking in on some ex-Celtics in Salt Lake City to see if the grass really is greener on the other side of the proverbial fence.
All Star week has come and gone, surprising us with a boring dunk contest and exciting All Star game run under an enitely new process. Join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they break down the week's festivities and changes, as well as what went right, what went wrong, and what they'd like to see in future years. They also dabble in the other Boston Celtics-related news of the week, and debut a new segment for keeping tabs on former Celtics in new places. While the week might be slow given the dearth of impactful ballgames to discuss, there's plenty on our agenda in this week's podcast, so give it a listen - we promise we won't play any of Fergie's uh, "anthem" at any time during the pod, which automatically makes it a classic.
The dust has finally settled after an active trade deadline, with the Cleveland Cavaliers making big moves while the Boston Celtics stood pat.Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they make sense of all the (non) moves that went down last week, and their thoughts on another big event about to take place. That event, the Paul Pierce jersey retirement ceremony, converges with the new-look Cavaliers at the Garden this Sunday for a convenient coincidence allowing Danny Ainge and company to sidestep the awkwardness swirling around the Isaiah Thomas tribute video controversy most of us would like to forget. Justin and Mark also dive into the potential of the buyout market, IT's new situation with the Los Angeles Lakers, and some of the potential longer-term implications of the moves made this week for Boston and the rest of the league.
As the trade deadline draws close, the Boston Celtics have a host of hard decisions to make.Having reportedly won the Greg Monroe sweepstakes, they now have to navigate a minefield of personnel decisions without sabotaging contention aspirations both now and in the future. Having won five of six games since Marcus Smart's self-inflicted injury, can Boston part ways with such a big part of the defense they will need to defeat opponents in the later rounds of the playoffs? Or will it matter more to pick up some offense off the bench with a potential Gordon Hayward return potentially rendering such a move pointless? It's a difficult knife-edge to walk, but this week Topher Lane and Justin Quinn discuss the details Danny Ainge and company are trying to sort out - and Banner 18 might just hang in the balance.
It's been a rollercoaster of a week in Boston Celtics fandom.Losing streaks extended, then broken and key players looking ahead of schedule healing (Gordon Hayward) while others hurt themselves needlessly (Marcus Smart) gives a good outline of the week's story arc, set against the backdrop of the Celts' sending four players to All Star weekend events and a near-miss against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. This week, Topher Lane and Luis Gonzalez get into it over what Smart's shenanigans might mean for his future, and all the highs and lows of a pretty turbulent week
This week's pod starts on a somber note as we say goodbye to a true Boston Celtics legend after Jo Jo White's passing.Topher Lane and Mark Allison pay a moment of homage to the Boston great, and talk about the All Star game's starting five, among which figures our own Kyrie Irving. They also talk about the changes they'd like to see in the game and week, the state of the Eastern Conference and the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent woes, and who might be on the move that Boston should be keeping tabs on. They even talk about the Ringer Curse (for the unfamiliar, check last week's pod), and whether another blessing from Lil B - or anything besides better play- can solve it.
The Boston Celtics are back in the States, riding a new win streak - perhaps buoyed by Lil' B's blessing. Topher Lane and Mark Allison break down the state of the Celtics in relation to the top of the East, the coming relaxed schedule, and whether the Cs have a curse to worry about as well. They're also joined by Justin Quinn and Josh Coyne, who discuss Josh's behind-the-scenes reporting from London's O2 arena, where he got to speak to several players on both the Philadelphia 76ers, Celtics, Brad Stevens, the Starter's Tas Melas, and even the man himself, Commissioner Adam Silver.
The Boston Celtics are set to take the court today to play the Philadelphia 76ers, and CelticsLife teamed up two of their international writers - Josh Coyne and Justin Quinn - with Celtics Hub's resident Australian correspondent Cam Tabatabaie to talk about all things NBA from an international point of view. They talk about the London game, the league's growing worldwide success, potential expansion talks that could see a new team in Mexico City join a renewed Seattle Supersonics franchise, and even what it's like trying to watch a ballgame in countries where the NBA is not one of the major sports - yet. So, if you've ever wondered how the rest of the world feels about Boston and the Association more broadly, or are just excited for the game today, join these three for a deep dive into all things Global Games.
"London calling to the faraway towns; now war is declared, and battle come down..."There's a clash coming soon to London, and I'm not talking about the one who wrote the lyrics quoted above - it's the Boston Celtics who will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in a match taking place in the capital of the United Kingdom this Thursday, January 11th. To that end, CelticsLife's Justin Quinn has teamed up with Sports Talk Philly's Joshua Liddick to bring you another crossover podcast where they dive into each team's season since we last linked up, how each team looks to take the floor after a stacked December to account for both team's trip across the pond, and we even take a look at how Boston stands in the contention race and whether or not Isaiah Thomas should have his video on the same night as Paul Pierce from an outside perspective.Like the December schedule, this episode is jammed full of content, so whether you're putting some petrol in your lorry, home on holiday mowing the garden or eating some chips in your flat, give this podcast a listen - we'll help you translate all the things you need to know for this week's big game.
The 2017 season might have started out with about the worst imaginable results, yet somehow the Boston Celtics managed to turn it into a red-hot start anyway.What will 2018 bring? A slower schedule, more rest, (probably) a better win percentage than December's brutal schedule allowed...maybe even another banner? It's too early to say for sure, but that didn't stop Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn from doing their best to wrap up one of the most hectic first halves of a season in a decade or more. Join them as they break down the recent past and potential future of the Celts as they wrap up a 2017 to remember.
Admit it - you thought that game was lost.Terry Rozier, however, did not, and we're all in his debt for pulling off the last-second steal that gave the Boston Celtics the win over a surging Indiana Pacers - and that's not even the most important news Justin Quinn and Mark Allison get into on this week's edition of the CelticsLife Podcast. With the December 15th trade restrictions in the rear-view mirror, they dive into some of the rumors tied to Boston, with an eye on who we should watch for the Celtics' Disabled Player Exception, take stock of who's exceeding or not meeting expectations of late, and break down a crazy week of tight games and unexpected blowouts. Did I mention Gordon Hayward is up and ambulatory, looking like he might even play again this season?
This week, the Boston Celtics might have stumbled a bit against a healthier San Antonio Spurs squad - but they also got some news that ought to have you pretty excited.That news - that Gordon Hayward might come back this season - is still a long way off from reality, with many benchmarks that will need to be met. But it's officially OK to start thinking about how his return might impact the season (and for that matter, Hayward himself). Join Mark Allison and Topher Lane as they tackle this most interesting of thought experiments, as well as the deal that sent Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets, where the rest of the Celts' roster stacks up against the best players in the league, and a whole lot more! So get your earphones ready, plug those bad boys in, and get up to speed with the week in Celtics news from your favorite CelticsLife writers.
The Boston Celtics are still in pole position when it comes to the NBA's standings, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons are quickly gaining ground.Join Mark Allison and Luís Gonzalez as they discuss how Brad Stevens' Coach-of-the-Month performance got them where they are, how real of a threat the Cavs and Pistons really are, the week's upcoming games and last week's results, and how all this bodes for the rest of 2017 as we enter the season's second quarter. With games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, the slate is as hard as the team may face before we usher in the New Year, and these two are starting to wonder exactly how high the team's ceiling really is.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have been rivals almost as long as there's been a league for them to be rivals in, and while that rivalry has ebbed and flowed over the decades, with both squads coming to the end of respective rebuilds, it looks to be heating back up again.To that end, the folks over at Sports Talk Philadelphia's podcast, the Pick Swap, teamed up with CelticsLife's Justin Quinn to take a look at each other's rebuilds in context, where the teams are at now, and where they might go from here. They also dive into the game this Thursday and the match in London this January. Jesse Larch, Brian Apter, Joshua Liddick and Justin get into Marcus Smart's value to the Celtics, what he might command in free agency, and all kinds of juicy tidbits about each other's teams. There's loads of information about the 76ers, and lots of thoughts on how Boston looks to non-fans, so block off some time and listen to this week's mid-week podcast - we promise you won't walk away without learning something new about our longtime rivals...and maybe even the Celtics, too.
We all knew it was coming.Win streaks are streaks because they have both a start and an end, and the end for the Boston Celtics came Wednesday night against the Miami Heat. Too many times, Boston fell into holes, and this time, they couldn't fight their way back out. There's only so many times you can tempt fate, and while it's frustrating, we learned a lot about this team for its duration. This week, Justin Quinn and Mark Allison break down where the streak places the Celts in terms of the short and longer-term future of the team, as well as where it stands in league history. They also check in on the rest of the league, and take stock of who might be looking like contenders or lottery teams come spring.
Improbably, the Boston Celtics win streak continues unabated.The Golden State Warriors came to crush the upstart Celts like a bug, but left with a bad taste in their mouth instead. The Brooklyn Nets couldn't sneak up on Boston beforehand, nor the Atlanta Hawks afterwards. Poorly fitting masks were nothing compared to the tragedy Jaylen Brown played through, but both were non-factors in stopping him or Kyrie Irving this week, with big nights from Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and solid effort from the starters to the deep rotation have made a season that started as rough as one can into something of a spectacle for all the right reasons. Join Luís Gonzalez and Justin Quinn as they break down how this came to pass, what's ahead, and how they're feeling about Boston's short- and long-term future.
It's been a wild season so far, and the season isn't even a quarter spent.From the rollercoaster offseason that brought the Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving to the freak accident that took Hayward down in the season opener all the way to the streak that put them on top of the league on the eve of their showdown with the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, this has been a season for the ages. And if you think it's been intense as a fan, imagine what it's like for the families of the team as they've fought their way onto the top of NBA standings despite the early adversity - which is exactly why CelticsLife's UK correspondant Josh Coyne linked up with Anna Horford, sister of Boston's star big man Al Horford, and renowned NBA Twitter personality in her own right.They get into the offseason, the injury, the winning streak and life beyond the basketball court, diving into some controversial but important issues, and even share some thoughts on the best places to visit in the city of Boston for a bite to eat. Check out the talk for yourself, and if you have anything you'd like Anna to know about where you head for dinner before a trip to TD Garden (or anything else), leave a comment below or write her yourself on Twitter. We're very excited for the opportunity to share this exclusive interview with you, our readers, and hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as we did putting it together.
The week before the Boston Celtics face off with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving got his face broken by Aron Baynes, Jayson Tatum tweaked his ankle, and the Cs still managed to keep their streak alive.Twelve games deep, they now sit atop the league with sole possession of first place, and we're all collectively pinching ourselves, waiting for the dream to go down with a loss. It would seem logical the Warriors would be the team to knock them down a peg, but could the game before (the Brooklyn Nets) or after (the Atlanta Hawks) sneak up on Boston while it focuses on Golden State? Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they discuss the streak, Kyrie Irving's newest accessory, potential options to fill the Disabled Player Exception (DPE), and much, much more.
The Boston Celtics are riding a nine-game winning streak and now hold the best record in the entire NBA. Topher Lane and Mark Allison break down what's gotten them to this point, and whether or not this C's team is for real. Some stellar play from the young guns in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum is a big part of the Celtics early success, but can either of them realistically take home some individual accolades at the end of the season? And the Cleveland Cavaliers have been bust-outs so far, do the Celtics have enough without Gordon Hayward to usurp the King in the East?
The CelticsLife mid-week podcast is back, bringing you interviews and important news that just can't wait for the weekly pod.CelticsLife's resident Brit, Josh Coyne, connected with professional musician and NBA fanatic Dan Bailey during his world tour with Father John Misty. As a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, Bailey spoke with Josh about the famous rivalry, the Lakers' development, his thoughts on Boston's competitive youngsters and his playing days. Both kept control of their fandom for the most part and only a couple of expletives were uttered while they waxed poetic about past Lakers-Celtics history, the state of this season's NBA in general, and what life is like for a professional musician with a basketball jones.
There's never been a start like this to an NBA season before.From Gordon Hayward's brutal injury just minutes into the start of the 2017-18 NBA season up to today, the whole league has been throwing curveballs before the assocation has made it two full weeks into the regular season. Hayward's misfortune was followed by a rash of injuries around the league, and the presumptive NBA Finals opponents currently have a .500 record between them seven games in, leaving people wondering if the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors matchup is as inevitable as it felt way back in September.Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies sit atop their respective conferences despite predictions both would be well-served with a major teardown, and the Boston Celtics are somehow a top-five defensive team with one of the best records in the NBA. Join Luís Gonzalez and Topher lane as they try to make sense of all the strange things going down in the league, and what the Celts might do going forward.
NBA basketball has returned to our lives, but Gordon Hayward (and quite a few other players) won't be on the court for a while.This week, Topher Lane and Justin Quinn break down Hayward's injury and what it means for the Boston Celtics' future, as well as offering up their theories on what could be behind the unusually high number of early-season non-contact injuries that is currently plaguing the league. They break down the first week's action, and take a little solace in the demise of the evil emperor after news Louisville and former Celtics coach (and GM) Rick Pitino is canned with just cause in a federal fraud case involving kickbacks to families of NCAA recruits. The season isn't even 10 days old and it's already been a roller coaster of a ride, so buckle up - we've got a long way to go, folks.
The regular season starts TOMORROW, folks.Are you excited? We're excited - and Mark Allison and Justin Quinn dive into the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers this Tuesday evening, who should get the final roster slot, and the merits of extending Marcus Smart before the season starts. If you're chomping at the bit like we are for some bonafide basketball action, or just want to hear our scorching- hot takes about Kendrick Perkins and Gerald Green rejoining the Boston Celtics, this is the episode you've been waiting for.
The offseason is over, folks.With camp and preseason upon us, Mark Allison and Justin Quinn break down all the action going on with the Boston Celtics and across the league as teams being to finalize rosters and get the first look at what they have under the hood. They also tackle the recent changes to the All-Star game, enjoy some schadenfreude at Rick Pitino's expense, and talk about how the Celt's rotation might look this season, so dive on in - the water's fine.
Topher and Mark break down 2k18, the Marcus Morris trial, and now that the Celtics no longer hold Brooklyn's future in their hands, Josh Coyne spoke to Sandy Mui of The BK Game about Nets fans resentment toward Boston, how they've coped and where the team goes from here.
This week, Topher Lane and Justin Quinn struggle through the first slow week of the offseason by diving deep into the ephemera of who is speaking to whom. Isaiah Thomas spoke to the media, Paul Pierce to Ray Allen, and several ex-Celtics spoke with their agents as they inked new deals with new teams. The action might be slowing down for a few weeks before the start of training camp, but the podcast doesn't! Help stave off the doldrums, and keep that basketball jones under control with the latest edition of the CelticsLife Podcast.
Luis and Mark dive into a myriad of NBA conspiracies, whether or not the world is actually round, and Lil B curses and blessings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to shake down the Boston Celtics, and it's not going to work.Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they break down the fiasco of a situation that's been brewing ever since word leaked to the press that new Cleveland general manager Koby Altman and company might want "additional compensation" after Isaiah Thomas had his physical. We break down what we know, what we don't, and what might end up happening depending on how this deal goes down (or doesn't). We also talk about some guys the Celts are looking at for training camp and possibly the end of the bench, so whether you're just re-entering the world of NBA madness or riveted by this latest drama, we've got you covered.
Justin Quinn started us off, and Josh and Topher keep it going with a few days to figure out what happened and what the trade means for the Boston Celtics
Justin Quinn has the breakdown of the Kyrie Irving trade that saw Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Brooklyn pick sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Luis and Topher break down what's happening with former Celtics in the doldrums of summer, including Doc Rivers, nicknames for the soon-to-be-stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and what Tatum's ceiling looks like compared to other rookies this year.
In the darkest heart of the offseason, we've found some compelling basketball issues to talk about. This week, Justin Quinn and Topher Lane get into a host of topics, ranging from Jaylen Brown's stellar outing at this year's Africa Game to which rookies look ready for prime-time, and what changes we'd like to see in the league as a whole. So, put down the kleenex and stop mourning our beloved sport's seasonal demise, and dive into this pod with us. We had to fight the basketball gods a little to get it to happen, so forgive some minor glitchiness, we think you'll enjoy this week's pod even with the struggle.
Luis and Mark discuss what the returning Celtics could improve on, Kyrie Irving, the Cavs' mess, Isaiah Thomas' hip, and more!
This week, Luis and Justin ddiscuss the wild news that Kyrie Irving wants out of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and how this potential move affects the Boston Celtics and their NBA Finals hopes. They also discuss the reported John Wall extension, and what exactly is going on with all these minimum contracts being signed around the NBA. Finally, what was the motivation behind the Shane Larkin signing? Trade bait? A (very expensive) extra training camp body? Listen to find out what they think!
Gordon Hayward officially signed with the Celtics, will be wearing number 20, the Celtics Summer League squad falling to the Mavericks officially kicks off the worst part of the year for basketball fans, and changes to the NBA rules and how it may affect the Celtics.
Mark and Topher break down the unfortunate departure of fan favorite Avery Bradley and how/why it came to be, Jayson Tatum rocking the summer league both in Utah and now Las Vegas, and the flurry of moves that have gone down across the NBA in the past week.
While the Boston Celtics were neck-deep in nonsense trying to determine whether they had indeed landed their primary free agency target yesterday, the rest of the league continued with their own signings, much of which could have significant impacts on the Celts in some way or another.Join Justin Quinn and Luis Gonzalez - formerly of The Players Tribune - as they sort through what might have caused the confusion with the Hayward signing, and as they make sense of what next season's changing landscape might imply for Boston's assets and playoff hopes. Quite a few teams, from the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings are trying to improve in a hurry, while a lack of reinforcements for contenders in the east may also ease the path the NBA Finals. There's a lot to chew on, so come with an appetite - and brace yourself for some hard decisions.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - and then it was the best of times again.For those of you who just finding out about the ordeal three teams (the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Utah Jazz) went through as Gordon Hayward reportedly signed with the Celtics, only to have that report denied just moments later, well, that saga has finally come to an end. We think. After several hours of confusion, Hayward confirmed he is indeed signing with Boston; join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they cover the day's dizzying arc and Hayward's eventual signing and its impact on the team.
Major trades and already signings before the start of free agency, what's it mean for the Celtics and their pursuit of banner 18? Justin and Topher explain.
The start of free agency is almost upon us, and before it's even started, we've already seen the first major move of the offseason, sending Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets. Join Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as they break down the move and its potential impact on the league, their analysis of the most likely targets for the Celts come July 1, and a whole lot of other news about Boston and the rest of the league as the offseason starts to hit its full stride.
Luis and Mark take a deeper look at the Celtics selections and some moves made on draft night around the NBA. They discuss the potential and probability of the Paul George/Gordon Hayward combo coming to Boston and how an additition of those two stars will effect the Celtics short and long-term future. They also shed some light on the Josh Jackson fiasco with the Phoenix Suns coercing him to avoid Danny Ainge and the C's.
It's the day after the draft, and a lot of questions swirling about which direction Danny Ainge and company were going to take have been answered. Mark Allison and Justin Quinn break down each of the picks the Boston Celtics made in the 2017 NBA Draft, with some light analysis on each and discussion of all the trades that went down that night that might impact the Celtics next season. We'll be taking a deeper dive into each selection and the potential impact of all the moves that took place last night, but if you want a general feel for where Boston looks to be headed in the short term, make sure you check this pod.
Can't decide if Danny Ainge just made a genius move or a terrible one? Getting lost trying to keep tabs on who we should draft? Curious to know how another fanbase is looking at all of this? Join Justin Quinn and friend of the pod and former NBA scout Alton Labreque - who just so happens to be a fan of the Celts' arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers - as they break down the trade for the top pick, the players both the Celtics and the Lakers should be looking at, and how they were taking the first signs of the NBA apocalypse currently gripping the league. If you want to know how an informed experts with loyalties unfiltered by green-tinted lenses are taking in all of the madness, make sure you listen to this pod.
Danny Ainge went and did it. He traded the first-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft less than a week before the big day. The news began to leak out Friday night that this deal with the Philadelphia 76ers was in the works, and it only took another day for the two teams to come to an agreement. We took a day to stew on the shocking revelation, and let it out last night on the podcast.Topher Lane and Mark Allison dive into their thoughtson the deal, what it means for the Boston Celtics immediate and long-term plans, and what the hell is going to happen Thursday night. They also get into the news that Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers he's out after next season, essentially forcing them to trade him for whatever they can get. Does it make sense for the Cs to take a shot at a possible one-year rental? They certainly have the assets; could the facilitate a deal to the Cleveland Cavaliers if it nets a solid return? I'm not sure I want to help the Cavs get any better.We even talked to Josh Horford, brother of Celtics' big man Al, about the chaos, and he let Josh Coyne know who he'd like to see in green this summer, and how he feels about Ainge's wheeling and dealing. We'll have loads of coverage in the lead-up to the draft, but this is one episode you do NOT want to miss.
This week, Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn break down how the 2017-18 cap situation will affect the teambuilding efforts of the Boston Celtics, and several other teams around the league long-term plans. They also get into some (mostly ineffective) attempts to come up with some nicknames for future and current Celts, touch on the NBA Draft and Summer League, and even get into a little bit on the NBA Finals. If you want to understand how league rules on contracts and rosters might shape what Boston does this offseason without memorizing the entire league's Collective Bargaining Agreement, this is the episode for you.
Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they try and predict which current Celtics will still be on the roster come October, and which potential free agents might take their place. They also talk about Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and other NBA Draft-related issues, and have a little fun at Lebron James' expense while recapping the NBA Finals. This episode even has dramatic readings of original poetry to remember our soon-to-be-former Celtic (we can only assume) Amir Johnson by our own Topher Lane. Trust us, it's the epic masterwork of the ages. Or at least humorous. You be the judge.
This week, Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn take a quick look back at the 2016-17 season and Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals, and a preliminary dive into the MANY options the Boston Celtics have on their plate for what's shaping up to be one of the more exciting offseasons in living memory for Celtics fans. With a boatload of decisions to make and a ridiculous collection of assets at their disposal to grease the wheels, the roster could look very different come training camp, giving this pod - and the summer - a lot to chew on in the best possible way.
After a nailbiting win almost no one expected, Topher Lane and Justin Quinn take a look back at what went a long way towards dispelling some of the sillier narratives floating around the NBA media of late. They also take a look at potential top pick options in the 2017 NBA Draft on the incredibly unlikely chances Danny Ainge and company make a surprise pick, or perhaps trade back a bit in the draft. Medical concerns with Isaiah Thomas and Guerschon Yabusele are also broken down (no pun intended), and of course the looming showdown at home is previewed in light of the recent life displayed by our Celts in this series.
Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn take on the unwelcome tasks of recapping the first two losses in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Cavs just before Game Three's epic comeback victory, as well as debunking the "worst #1 seed ever" narrative that's been used recently to describe the Celts. We recorded this before Game three yesterday, which went a LONG way to making our point for us in dramatic fashion. We also discuss how the recent All-NBA team announcements may affect Boston's summer teambuilding targets, and take a look at the club's bright future and great season.
The Draft Lottery Special! Topher and Mark recorded this while watching the lottery Tuesday night so you get their initial reaction to the Celtics win as it happened! They talk who the C's should select at #1 (*cough* Fultz) and whether or not a trade could be in the cards now that we know they've landed the top spot.
Join Justin Quinn, Topher Lane, Josh Coyne and a bunch of other guests as we recount the storied career of Boston Celtics legend and First Ballot Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, the "mother#&!% Truth". We cover the highlights (and one especially low moment) of his career, talk about his potential future in the league now that the era of Pierce as a player has drawn to an end, cover his recent words regarding Ray Allen's departure on Area 21, and take the pulse of fans around the league for good measure. This is our longest pod to date, chock full of all the content we could find to remember this Celtic great, so we hope you enjoy listening as much as we did making this.
Luis and Mark talk about the Celtics dropping two in a row to the Wizards and the importance of game 5, the 2008 C's mini reunion on area 21 and their thoughts on Ray Allen, Kelly on Kelly violence, the coach of the year awards, and all kinds of other fun stuff.
In this midweek episode Topher and Mark go over Isaiah Thomas' monster 53 points in game 2, last nights drubbing in Washington, some fond Pierce memories, and we debut our Celtics themed drinking game that came about from trying to make Marcus Smart launches from downtown a lot more fun.
The Boston Celtics closed out the Chicago Bulls in six games to get their first trip to the NBA Playoffs' Second Round for the first time in the Brad Stevens era, only to face a surging Washington Wizards squad...and win the first game of the series. Luís Gonzalez and Justin Quinn talk about how Boston got its act together, and how the current series looks to play out after a very tough start for both teams. They also discuss the resignation of Larry Bird from the Indiana Pacers and how it might affect summer team-building, the retirement of Paul Pierce, some unexpected dentistry for IT, and a lot more.
This week's deep dive mid-week pod covers the potential impact of First Round NBA Playoff results on the Boston Celtics' summer plans for free agency and trades. Luis Gonzalez and Topher Lane break down how recent struggles on and off the court have changed the outlook for players like Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, Paul George, and several other likely Boston targets. While this was recorded before the recent news surrounding Larry Bird's resignation from the Indiana Pacers as President of Basketball Operations, the future of players like George, Butler, Griffin and others may have taken changes favorable to the Celts, while that success may have made the odds of signing Hayward and other players a little less likely. Tune in to hear their thoughts on how summer might play out now that we have an idea how at least some of the bigger fish in Boston's team-building plans may be looking at their future with their respective clubs.
Mark Allison and Justin Quinn celebrate the Boston Celtics fighting their way back from the brink, and discuss a potential curse on Rajon Rondo by rapper Lil B, Fred Hoiberg's comments about Isaiah Thomas' dribbling, Blake Griffin's toe, LeBron James getting some rest after sweeping the Indiana Pacers, and a whole lot more about what's what with the state of the first round matchups around the league. We also talk about Games Five and Six against the Bulls and potential Second Round matchups as we return to a more hopeful mood in Boston Celtics fandom.
This week, Mark Allison and Justin Quinn do the unwelcome task of dissecting the two first-round losses to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a quick look at the other results around the league. We also talk about some guy almost none of you remember who played less than a quarter of the least memorable Celtics seasons in history (trust us, there's a reason), Ray Allen explaining why he didn't accept an offer to return to the Celts, and much more.
Gear up for the playoffs with Luis and Justin as they break down first round matchups in BOS and around the league. We talk about the whole field of 16 from top to bottom, with (of course) a focus on Chicago's series with the Boston Celtics. We also discuss how several key injuries may affect the landscape of both East and West playoff races, as well as more Knicks drama and much, much more.(Note: This was recorded before we received the terrible news about Isaiah Thomas' sister, which will undoubtedly affect the series no matter how it plays out - our hearts our with him and his family at this most difficult of moments.)
Thanks to CelticsLife readers, Topher and Luis have some nominations for interesting awards to break down the regular season.
Topher and Mark discuss two crushing losses to Cleveland and Atlanta, the Celtics still having a shot at the 1-seed, potential 1st round matchups Lonzo Ball his Laker love, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
This week's deep dive podcast takes on a controversial topic (tanking) from the most oppositional camps we could come up with - Lakers versus Celtics fandom - as ESPN's SportsNation and 82 Games alum Alton Labreque joins Justin Quinn to talk about the NBA Draft Lottery, the Lakers' and Celtics rebuilds, the "Process" and its legacy, and potential solutions to tanking along with a LOT more on the subject of incentivized losing and the power imbalances built into the draft. If the race to the bottom this season is getting under your skin, or you just want to know more about how the draft itself works, this is the pod for you.
This week, Josh Coyne and Justin Quinn talk about what the final stretch of games in the regular season will mean for playoff seeding, what those matchups might look like, James Young's work with the Flint Water Crisis, Yabu's NBA D-League debut with the Maine Red Claws, the NCAA tourney title game from a draft perspective, and a lot more.
Join Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn as they take a look at the best potential draft prospects left in the NCAA tournament that Celtics fans may want to keep an eye on.
Topher and Mark celebrate a 4-0 week for the Celtics right after a tough game with the Miami Heat. The react to 70 points on Friday night from Devin Booker, 538 giving the C's they best odds in the East to win the title, and loads of other shenanigans.
Luis and Mark go through questions submitted from CelticsLife readers about the draft, playoff seeding, which matchups we favor, and all kinds of other stuff.
The Celtics had great week soured with a bad loss to the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday. Without Isaiah Thomas to carry the scoring load late the Celtics were unable to close out a inferior opponent. With the Wizards in town for a big showdown tonight we hope IT is back in the lineup for a game with some big playoff implications. Justin and Mark dive into all that and a host of other stuff on this weeks weekly review.
Join Mark Allison and Justin Quinn as they break down the playoff race in the NBA's Eastern Conference. They cover the remaining schedule, new additions and injuries, resting players and other strategies in an in-depth review of what it will take for Boston to steal the #1 seed - and what it will mean if they don't.
Topher and Mark talk about a tough road trip with a big win over the Warriors , the Celtics and Wizards battle for the 2-seed in the Eastern Conference, Markelle Fultz, and home court advantage vs rest and health going into the playoffs.
Luis and Mark break down where Celtics players stand in the running for year end NBA player awards.
This week CelticsLife writers Topher Lane and Justin Quinn as always break down last week's Celtics games and the week ahead, including a huge win over of the Cleveland Cavaliers last week and a big matchup looming this Wednesday with the Golden State Warriors. There's a little ROY talk and some talk of C's rookie Jaylen Brown vs Lakers forward Brandon Ingram.
Now that the dud of a trade deadline and the All-Star game is in the rear-view window, Mark Allison and Luís Gonzalez make sense of a busy week both on and off the court. They break down how the teams who DID make moves will impact Boston's playoff aspirations, and also potential buyout candidates the Celtics may be looking into. As usual, they cover last week's game and the week ahead, and all the minor stories you've come to expect.
Join Justin Quinn and CelticsLife UK correspondent Josh Coyne as we discuss how this move impacts the terrain of the 2017 NBA trade deadline (Thursday, February 23rd), as well as other recent rumblings coming from around the league. We even talk a bit about Josh's recent visit to the US to see the recent four-game homestand from the perspective of a fan in a country where football (soccer, that is!) is king, and basketball is only just starting to get a toehold.
Join us this week as Topher Lane, Mark Allison, Luis Gonzalez and Justin Quinn break down the state of the trade market for the Boston Celtics, and discuss the potential impact of other moves around the league. We also poke a little fun at the league's new flat-earth society and some of the other news coming out of the league, with a quick look at the past week's games and the schedule ahead.
This week, Mark and Topher discuss the stinker vs the Sacramento Kings, and the rest of the games last week, the debacle with the New York Knicks and how it might affect free agency, and enjoy a little schadenfreude as they review the new ads on the Brooklyn Nets jerseys. They close out the show with a preview of the week ahead, which gets progressively more difficult as Boston heads towards a rematch against the Toronto Raptors.
This week Topher and Justin look back at a truly amazing week for the Celts and Boston sports in general, as well as the week ahead. We also cover a first look at some of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA draft, and deconstruct a few of the more recent high-profile trade rumors connected to the Celts.
Join us this week as Luis and Justin talk about Isaiah being named an All-Star reserve, ads on jerseys, Ibaka, Vucevic and Melo trade rumblings, Larry Sanders working out for Boston, plus the usual look back and ahead at the on-court action you've come to expect from CelticsLife.
This week, we talk about IT not getting a starting nod in the All-Star voting, the death of sleeved jerseys, Carmelo Anthony trade rumblings, how NBA expansion might affect the Celts plus our usual look at the week ahead and the results of last week's games.
Can we beat a GOOD team? + who's on and off the trade block, IT4MVP and more, plus the week ahead and in review.