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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. Whether you're looking for a different take on the Celtics news of the week or an angle that needs a deeper dive, we have you covered! Join hosts Alex Goldberg, Justin Quinn, and Cameron Tabatabaie for their weekly forays into the Boston Celtics news you didn't know you needed.

On Celtics Lab, we go deep into the details, finding compelling narratives, data, stories, and interviews you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're looking for a different take on the Celtics news of the week or an angle that needs a deeper dive, we have you covered! Join hosts Alex Goldberg, Justin Quinn, and Cameron Tabatabaie for their weekly forays into the Boston Celtics news you didn't know you needed.

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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. Whether you're looking for a different take on the Celtics news of the week or an angle that needs a deeper dive, we have you covered! Join hosts Alex Goldberg, Justin Quinn, and Cameron Tabatabaie for their weekly forays into the Boston Celtics news you didn't know you needed.

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@CelticsLife

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English

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Episodes

From Philly to the West Coast and back - talking Boston's brutal December with Anna Horford

12/1/2021
The Boston Celtics face by far their toughest stretch of games starting tonight with the Philadelphia 76ers, soon after which the team heads out for its annual West Coast swing, returning to cap off the most challenging portion of its 2021-22 schedule with another tilt against the Sixers on their home court. Over those 10 games, the team faces all but one of the league's like title contenders, and precisely zero teams with a losing record. With the team playing mostly winning basketball of...

Duration:01:01:16

A veritable feast of tough opponents awaits the Celtics for the holidays

11/23/2021
Thanksgiving day is nearly here, and along with it, a sharp uptick in the difficulty of the Boston Celtics' 2021-22 schedule. Over the course of the Celtics' next dozen games, only two teams currently possess a record below .500 at the time of this writing Tuesday evening, with the majority of the league's realistic title contenders on the docket for at least one game in that stretch. The Celtics run the gauntlet starting Wednesday against the early favorites to come out of the East in the...

Duration:00:26:39

Celtics mystique, Showtime Lakers, frustrating starts with Anthony Irwin

11/17/2021
The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the oldest and most celebrated in all of sport, and for good reason. Somehow, nearly seven decades into the heated competition for dominance in greatness between the two storied franchise, the tally remains at a tie after the Lakers' most recent title, with each club now at 17 titles each. This Friday, Nov. 19, the two teams will meet again on the Celtics' home court of TD Garden, but this time around the two teams...

Duration:01:09:01

Midrange theories, Celtics slumps, and Jaylen's value with Seth Partnow

11/10/2021
When it comes to using analytics to get a fresh perspective on things, there are few in the game with a better angle on that than The Athletic's Seth Partnow. Former Head of Basketball Research for the Milwaukee Bucks and recent author of the new book "The Midrange Theory: Basketball's Evolution in the Age of Analytics" (pre-order it here!), Partnow joined your usual hosts Alex Goldberg, Cameron Tabatabaie, and Justin Quinn on the most recent edition of the CLNS Media podcast "Celtics Lab"...

Duration:01:08:39

How much is shooting mucking up Boston's season so far?

11/3/2021
Against the Washington Wizards on October 30, the Boston Celtics flirted with a historically bad shooting night, hitting just 7.7% of their 3-pointers, making just 2 out of 26 attempts. One of their best marksmen from deep, Jayson Tatum, is shooting under 30% from 3-point range and veterans Marcus Smart and Al Horford are both having a rough shooting start as either have had in years -- if not ever. At the same time, the team isn't playing two of their best young shooters under new head...

Duration:00:54:59

Talking walls, making Cornbread and NBA history with Cedric Maxwell

10/27/2021
It isn't often that an NBA Finals MVP writes a book detailing a behind-the-scenes view of their career at the highest level of competition in the best basketball league in the world, but Celtics Hall of Fame forward Cedric Maxwell has done as much in his new book "If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Celtics: Stories from the Boston Celtics Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box." It's rarer still when said Hall of Famer sits down with you for a personal account into that slice of NBA and...

Duration:00:55:29

Why the NBPA is ambivalent about mandates with N. Jeremi Duru, preseason wrap-up and more

10/20/2021
Fans of the Boston Celtics hope their team avoids the COVID-19 travails of last season, and many might have been surprised to hear the two vice presidents in the NBA's Player's Association referring to the vaccine as a "personal choice" as controversy over local mandates churned around the league. Why wouldn't a union whose job it is to act in the best interests of its players, their health, and their ability to play in games automatically support vaccine mandates? At the Celtics Lab, we...

Duration:00:48:23

Talking COVID-19, vaccination and the NBA with In the Bubble's Andy Slavitt

10/12/2021
Much of the conversation ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season circulating in the NBA media has revolved around something that isn't necessarily a basketball conversation, though it has pervaded virtually all aspects of contemporary life. We are of course talking about COVID-19 vaccination in the league, and in particular some especially vaccine-resistant players who occupy positions of considerable influence. But rather than making the story about those individuals, the hosts of the "Celtics...

Duration:00:55:41

Prognosticating Boston's 2021-22 season with Chris Forsberg

10/6/2021
The Boston Celtics have played their first game of their 2021-22 preseason slate, giving fans around the world their annual first taste of mostly meaningless games to over-react to. And far be it from us at the "Celtics Lab" podcast to miss out on such cherished annual festivities. To that end, we brought on a special guest, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston, to try to predict what sort of a team we're going to see in the 2021-22 season based on lineups and rotations we may see little or...

Duration:00:53:33

Media Day, impersonal decisions and the season to come

9/28/2021
Along with most of the NBA on Monday, the Boston Celtics held their annual Media Day proceedings. And like most of the other teams, there was a lot of hope and good vibes inflected with a tinge of controversy as the league's vaccination status became a topic of conversation touching almost every franchise in some way. The Celtics as a team were without head coach Ime Udoka -- absent to isolate after an asymptomatic case of the viral malady in question -- but had plenty to say about new...

Duration:00:57:31

Camp deals, player rankings and access for the differently-abled

9/24/2021
Less than a week away from training camp, we find ourselves about as anxious for Boston Celtics basketball as we have been since the pandemic hiatus, chasing after whispers of potential star trade target disgruntlement and arguing over meaningless player rankings. But for many, visiting an NBA arena or even watching a game on television is a luxury beyond the usual reach. A significant number of Celtics (and sports more generally) fans are disabled in ways that make enjoying and...

Duration:00:47:14

Building Boston superteams, targeting Zach LaVine, the Hoops Hall and more

9/15/2021
With news that the Boston Celtics might target Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls should Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal prove out of reach of the Celtics, the hosts of the "Celtics Lab" podcast got to thinking on just how hard it is to create a true contender in the NBA right now. With a fair amount of talent coagulated in just a handful of superteams, the pod's hosts Justin Quinn, Cameron Tabatabaie, and Alex Goldberg tried their hand at creating even vaguely plausible...

Duration:00:45:20

Taking stock of the NBA's Eastern Conference with Ky Carlin and Ajayi Browne

9/8/2021
With one of the most active offseasons in the entire league this summer, you will be forgiven as a fan of the Boston Celtics if you have lost track of what the other teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference have been up to, much less what the consensus is on where they may end up in the standings by the end of the next season. But at the "Celtics Lab" podcast, hosts Alex Goldberg, Cameron Tabatabaie, and Justin Quinn have been surveying the 15 teams on Boston's side of the league with expert...

Duration:01:04:35

Grading the Boston Celtics offseason with SI's Michael Pina

8/30/2021
Assessing the Boston Celtics' 2021 NBA offseason has become something of a cottage industry in recent days with the assumption that the team has more or less wrapped up its major moves for the season after handing out a spate of contract extensions. So far be it from us, your "Celtics Lab" podcast hosts Cameron Tabatabaie, Justin Quinn and Alex Goldberg, from avoiding a reckoning of new team president Brad Stevens' first stab at team building. To that end, we were lucky enough to be joined...

Duration:01:08:16

Dissecting the impact of the Timelord and Richardson extensions

8/24/2021
The Boston Celtics started their offseason with a bang, making major moves to create cap flexibility and seeming to signal they were all in on pursuing a max deal star in free agency perhaps as soon as the 2022 NBA offseason. Until it became clear they were not. Now, more recently, the Celtics have been handing out contract extensions to the players on their rosters like candy on Halloween, with veteran guard Marcus Smart, rising big man Robert Williams III and recently acquired wing Josh...

Duration:00:35:16

Making sense of Boston's cap situation, and what it can tell us about the future

8/19/2021
The Boston Celtics started their offseason with a bang, making a splash into the realm of cap flexibility when they moved on from former starting point guard Kemba Walker's contract almost before the dust settled on their 2020-21 season. They continued to make moves to free up their cap, which many thought signaled a plan to pursue a star -- perhaps Bradley Beal? -- via free agency. Since then, signing veteran guard Marcus Smart to a long-term extension has blown those assumptions to bits,...

Duration:00:35:01

Dennis Schroder one-year, mini-MLE signing emergency podcast

8/11/2021
Just hours after the most recent episode of the Celtics Lab was recorded, free agent point guard Dennis Schroder announced his plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, presumably on a one-season deal for the taxpayer mid-level exception (MLE) of approximately $5.9 million. To that end, your hosts Alex Goldberg, Justin Quinn and Cameron Tabatabaie put together a short emergency pod to talk all things German Rondo and how Schroder's signing changes Boston's offseason, potential, and other...

Duration:00:24:31

If not Bradley Beal, who might the Boston Celtics be targeting?

8/10/2021
There's been a lot of ink spilled on what the Boston Celtics might be planning, who they might be after with their apparent push to keep their books clean enough to sign a max player in free agency next offseason or soon after, and just what it would take to get the presumptive target to Boston. But what if that target -- Washington Wizards All-NBA guard Bradley Beal -- isn't who the Celtics are keeping the proverbial powder dry for, or they fall short in their pursuit? What other potential...

Duration:00:35:35

Sorting through the chaos of the 2021 summer free agency period

8/2/2021
With Silly Season in full swing and the summer free agency nearly upon us, making sense of potentially explosive rumors, trade proposals and free agent signings can send one's mind into a tailspin. The Boston Celtics might trade away longtime point guard Marcus Smart -- or extend him. They could end up dealing for New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, Brooklyn Nets floor general Spencer Dinwiddie, Los Angeles Clippers veteran guard Reggie Lewis or a small army of other targets. And...

Duration:00:31:46

Does a Bradley Beal trade make sense for Boston, and if not, what's next?

7/27/2021
There are some strong opinions out there on whether or not the Boston Celtics ought to trade for Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal, but even if the team doesn't end up dealing for the potentially disgruntled All-NBA guard, they will need to have an alternative plan in mind. To that end, on this episode of the Celtics Lab, we dive into our thoughts on a potential deal for Beal as well as some other directions the team might take in the short term in order to prepare the franchise for...

Duration:00:48:38