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On Celtics Lab, we go deep into the details, finding compelling narratives, data, stories and interviews you won't find anywhere else.

    Inside the minds of MVP voters with ESPN's Tim Bontemps

    Inside the minds of MVP voters with ESPN's Tim Bontemps

    The NBA's All-Star Week has passed, and with it, attention now turns to the stretch run and whatever races for season-long hardware that is not already sewn up. This season, that includes the 2024 Most Valuable Player award. It feels like star Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is making a late push to get in the running, but how exactly does the MVP voter think about such late risers for the award?
    To get an idea about the politics and other invisible elements of MVP voting, the CLNS Media "Celtics Lab" podcast linked up with the mind behind ESPN's annual MVP straw poll, Tim Bontemps.
    Join us as C Lab cohost Cameron Tabatabaie gets into the nitty-gritty of the 2024 MVP race and how voters tend to approach the award race with Bontemps in a special bonus audio-only episode of "Celtics Lab".
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    • 27 min
    Breaking down the good, bad, and irretrievably broken of All-Star Week with Clemente Almanza

    Breaking down the good, bad, and irretrievably broken of All-Star Week with Clemente Almanza

    The NBA's 2024 All-Star Game has come and gone, and with it the successes of the Boston Celtics who participated. The week of All-Star festivities saw some significant changes, but perhaps none more so than the actual All-Star Game itself.
    Gone were the target score endings and charities for each quarter of the event, along with the East vs. West dissolving playground-style team choosing. The ostensible goal -- stronger player efforts on both ends of the court -- was decidedly not reached with a record-breaking offensive output. But it wasn't all bad -- what were the good, bad, and irretrievably broken aspects of the week-long event?
    To talk through the state of All-Star Week, how the Celtics did in it, what needs to change and what was done right, the hosts of the CLNS Media "Celtics Lab" podcast linked up with Thunder Wire editor Clemente Almanza.
    We also touch on the post-deadline order of the West, where OKC sits in it and who will come out of it in the 2024 NBA Playoffs, so buckle up for a bumpy ride into what All-Star was and can be.
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    • 1 hr
    On the NBA's postdeadline order and what Boston can still do to get better

    On the NBA's postdeadline order and what Boston can still do to get better

    The NBA's 2024 trade deadline has come and gone, and with it the ability to make trades to improve the Boston Celtics' roster. But Boston picked up Xavier Tillman, Sr. and Jaden Springer ahead of the deadline to bolster their deep rotation before the 2024 postseason arrives.
    The league around the Celtics did not stand still, with several teams in the East also making moves to try to challenge Boston in the playoffs. On, in particular, may challenge the Celtics in ways they likely couldn't have before. Thankfully, Boston still has an open roster spot to add a buyout or unsigned prospect in case that mystery Eastern Conference ball club can give the Celtics more than we collectively expect.
    To talk through the new order of the East and what Boston can do to fortify their spot atop it, the hosts of the CLNS Media "Celtics Lab" podcast took out a magnifying glass to scour the option available to the Celtics.
    And to see if there are any threats who might spoil a return to the league's biggest stage for Boston. Come for the news, stay for the surprise top target the crew collectively settles on in this week's Lab.
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    • 57 min
    Previewing Boston's 2024 NBA trade deadline possibilities with Jack Simone

    Previewing Boston's 2024 NBA trade deadline possibilities with Jack Simone

    The NBA's 2024 trade deadline now perhaps better measured in hours than in days. And knowing what the range of possibilities that exists for the Boston Celtics to choose from to make moves to bolster their roster for a push to the 2024 NBA Finals is a good place to start.
    What can the Celtics do to get better? Which moves are more likely, and which make little sense? Who are the likely targets, and which ones might surprise us? More importantly, what is off the table for Boston's front office, and which trade targets should the Celtics be pursuing?
    To get our bearings for what should be an impactful if comparatively quiet trade deadline for Boston, the hosts of the CLNS Media "Celtics Lab" podcast linked up with "How Bout Them Celtics!" cohost Jack Simone to talk ourselves through his recent trade deadline primer for Celtics Blog.
    We also touch on the news, recent games, Marcus Smart's return, Joel Embiid's knee, and a ton more, so be sure to tune in.
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    • 50 min
    A deep dive into the deep rotation's Stay Ready Crew with Noa Dalzell

    A deep dive into the deep rotation's Stay Ready Crew with Noa Dalzell

    The Boston Celtics have by most accounts the best top six players in the entire NBA to match their league-best regular season record. So, it can be easy to forget about the rest of the team. The so-called "Stay Ready Crew" mostly does just that -- keep themselves in the right frame of mind and state of health in case their number is called.
    And those numbers do get called, with players like Oshae Brissett and Lamar Stevens bringing energy and matchup-dependent options that have sparked wins for Boston, while the sharpshooting duo of Payton Pritchard and Sam Hauser wreak havoc on opposing defenses. And if it were not for the likes of Luke Kornet and Neemias Queta defying expectations as reserve big men, you can be sure there would be less wins to the Celtics' name this season.
    Which players matter most to the team's title aspirations? Which might be on the move ahead of the 2024 NBA trade deadline? What talent does Boston have in the pipeline in Maine? And who will see the floor in the postseason?
    To answer all of these key questions not quite getting the attention they deserve, the hosts of the CLNS Media "Celtics Lab" podcast linked up with Celtics Blog's Noa Dalzell. The self-proclaimed Boston bench beat reporter who has a bead on a certain crew that stays ready, join us in a deep dive into the Celtics' reserves.
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    • 58 min
    Predicting how many Boston Celtics will be East NBA All-Stars with Chris Forsberg

    Predicting how many Boston Celtics will be East NBA All-Stars with Chris Forsberg

    With the final returns from the annual fan vote for the league's starters in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game set to go down in Indianapolis, Indiana in the month of February and the reserves selected by league coaches, we will soon get an answer to how many Boston Celtics will suit up for the annual exhibition tilt.
    Based on the earlier rounds of returns, it's looking all but certain that the Celtics will end up with at least two All-Stars in 2024. But the possibility of three or even four is on the table for Boston with a little luck.
    To try to get an idea of what we can expect for the Association's 2024 East All-Stars (and how many Boston players will be included), the hosts of CLNS Media's "Celtics Lab" podcast got together with NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg to try to prognosticate the 12-man roster for the East.
    We also get into the latest trade buzz, and look back on Boston's recent spate of excellent play (with a hiccup in Denver, of course).
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

tibken124 ,

The best

Big Cam rocks and this pod is addicting. Great insight and basketball knowledge, must listen for any Celtics fan

fartun101 ,

A fun informative podcast!

I started listening to this podcast recently and I’ve been impressed with its panels expertise and insights. They bring such a unique perspective to each episode, and I appreciate how informative they are, using their analysis to back up their opinions.

The rapport between the panelist is great, and they always find engaging topics to discuss. I’m excited for new episodes and highly recommend this podcast to sports/Celtics fans!

I appreciate the gentle way in which they handle the players on our team who aren’t performing at their best. It’s a refreshing change!

A Cape Cod fan ,

Low talker

I tried to listen to this podcast and found myself raising and lowering the volume constantly because one guy talks at a good volume while the other guy talked way too softly. And to make matters worse, the low talker talked way too fast and trailed off at the ends of sentences. I could barely understand him, even when I raised the volume. Then the guy who spoke at a reasonable volume would talk and I would have to quickly lower the volume.
The quality of the podcast was so annoying it detracted from the content. Please learn how to articulate and modulate when you do a podcast.

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