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Author: John Karalis

4 players who must step up after Hayward’s injury

At halftime last night, Brad Stevens said the Celtics have no choice but to find a way to fill the significant gap left by Gordon Hawyard’s injury. Today, we have to do something no one wanted to do… figure out who that will be. On Boston.com, I detailed four player who have to absolutely step up in Hayward’s absence for the Celtics to stay afloat. The cold, cruel sports gods dealt Gordon Hayward a horrible hand. Conservatively, he is out months, which leads to another cold discussion that needs to be had. Who fills the void? A very Belichickian...

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One play, five options: How Boston’s offense creates scoring chances

The Celtics get going for real in a few hours… and we’ll get to see if their free-flowing, smoother-than-expected offense can pull off in the regular season what it did in the preseason. One thing that surprised me so far is just how fluid and precise a bunch of guys who’ve barely played together can be. It’s a testament to how smart and versatile the players are, and how Brad Stevens puts trust in them to turn these sets and actions into scoring opportunities. On Boston.com, I took one set from this preseason and walked through all the options...

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Report: Smart extension won’t get done today

According to a league source, barring a sudden change, Marcus Smart & the Celtics will not agree to an extension prior to tonight’s deadline — Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 16, 2017 As I said yesterday morning, it would have been surprising for this deal to get done by today’s deadline. Smart can up his value a lot if he has a halfway decent shooting season. He’s also going to be this team’s primary backup ballhandler, so if he effectively runs the second unit while still doing Marcus Smart things, he might coax a big offer out of some team....

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LOCKED ON CELTICS with Sopan Deb

NY Times culture reporter and Celtics superfan Sopan Deb joins John Karalis to talk about how he became a Celtics fan growing up in NJ, putting together a Bill Russell documentary, the cross between sports and culture, and a LOT more. This is a very fun conversation! Enjoy the show! Having trouble listening? Go directly to our show page on Megaphone. From there you can download the audio (lower right side of the page) to save for later or grab the RSS feed to plug into your favorite podcast listening service. You can also download the Audio Boom app...

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LOCKED ON CELTICS: Kyrie, Cs crack Hornets; IT may never speak to Ainge

MassLive’s Jay King and Sam “Jam” Packard break down the Celtics’ season finale, gush about how the Celtics have looked so far, and react to some interesting comments by both Isaiah Thomas (who may never talk to Danny Ainge again) and Kyrie Irving (who likes to play in a real sports town). Enjoy the show! Having trouble listening? Go directly to our show page on Megaphone. From there you can download the audio (lower right side of the page) to save for later or grab the RSS feed to plug into your favorite podcast listening service. You can also...

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