The week’s almost over, and the Celtics game doesn’t start for another hour and a half. You’re off work early; you’ve put off most of your chores at home. And of course, you’ve carefully executed your daily “Celtics fan to-do list.”
Well, you can Thank God. Because that means it’s time for another edition of the Celtics Talk Radio podcast and a Boston Celtics game. Surely, two of the reasons God, in his foresight, created Fridays in the first place.
Friday night high-lights
Like Friday itself, this pod has a weekend-here-we-come feel to it, but with enough serious stats, reporting, and rumor-assessment to satisfy your (ahem) thirst for information.
Help us out, #Celtics fans —
you've seen every episode of ☘️Cheers –
Sammy, Norm, the Coach
and *of course* you never miss a podcast installment of ☘️#CelticsTalkRadio –
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— Celtics247 (@celts247) April 6, 2018
It’s kind of like going to Cheers. The regulars include Daniel Camacho, Alex Hawkins, Gabriel Llanes, Jarrett Allen, Tyler Hewey, and our fave, Igor Mitic.
(Not sure who’s Norm, Sam, Cliff, Coach, &tc. Not even going to try.)
Of course, guests like Warren Shaw, Jay King, and Micheal Dyer appear on the show to inject stats, reports, and occasionally needle Mitic. Overall, there’s a nice mix of fan stuff, basketball analysis, and Celtics trade rumors and injury and roster moves.
Let’s face it: when it comes to the latter, you need to hit “refresh” regularly on your browser just to keep track.
Top episode sampler
This was one of the few podcasts we heard of that took note of the Sophomore-of-the-Year Ben Simmons’s disappearing act in the fourth quarter. (Simmons’s fourth quarter stat line: 0 points, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, 1 missed shot, 1 foul. Hmmm.)
The same show also observed what-a-difference-a-healthy-knee makes for Marcus Morris. Two months later, everyone was raving about Morris. CTR spotted his Renaissance well ahead of the curve.
2. November 2017: “Where the Celtics stand” after the Gordon Hayward injury. (Man, looking back on this season, one thinks, if only half the Celtics could stand.
On this particular week, the team was “only” missing Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris.) Prescient observations about the development of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Scary Terry Rozier. “These are potential all-stars in the coming years,” Mitic observed. “Now they will develop faster.”
3. March 2018: “Banged up in Beantown.” No Kyrie Irving, No Gordon Hayward, No Marcus Smart, No Daniel Theis, No Shane Larkin? No Problem. A nice review (and preview) of what Brad “#StevensEffect” Stevens and the Celtics can do against Toronto and other NBA contenders if you give him just one healthy point guard (Rozier), a can of beans, and about half the rest of the roster.
“From Brad Stevens’s words,” Mitic observed, “I think we’ve seen the last of Kyrie Irving this year…. I don’t mean just the coming weeks, I mean the whole regular season and the playoffs.”
THAT’S A SAMPLER of Celtics Talk Radio: 197 regular episodes and 67 special episodes strong.
If you listen closely, and don’t take too many breaks, you should be able to enjoy the entire pod in plenty of time to enjoy the Celtics game.
Might even be a little time in between to take out the garbage, fix that step your s.o. has been bugging you about, and make a quick run to stock up on Sam Adams.