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Mailbag: Kristaps Porzingis return, NBA vs. Boston Celtics, & media basketball

Mailbag: Kristaps Porzingis return, NBA vs. Boston Celtics, & media basketball

Update: 2024-05-30
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This episode of the Lockdown Celtics Podcast is a mailbag episode where host John Coralis answers listener questions about the upcoming NBA Finals. He discusses whether the Celtics care who their opponent is in the Western Conference Finals, whether the NBA is rooting against Boston, and whether Kristaps Porzingis will be healthy enough to play. Coralis also talks about Sam Hauser's struggles with his three-point shot, the two-way players' chances of making the roster next year, and his own experience playing in a media pickup game. He also discusses the importance of limiting corner threes against the Mavericks and the possibility of Porzingis returning for the Finals. Coralis ends the episode by encouraging listeners to subscribe to the podcast and share it with their friends.

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00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the Lockdown Celtics Podcast and its host, John Coralis, who is a former player and current Celtics writer for the Boston Sports Journal. He encourages listeners to subscribe to the podcast and engage with the content on YouTube.

00:01:58
Mailbag Episode

This Chapter begins the mailbag segment of the podcast, sponsored by FanDuel. Coralis addresses a listener's question about whether the Celtics care who comes out of the Western Conference Finals. He explains that the Celtics are focused on themselves and don't care about the outcome of the Western Conference Finals. He also discusses whether the NBA is rooting against the Celtics, arguing that the league benefits from having a legacy franchise like the Celtics in the Finals.

00:12:34
Sam Hauser's Shooting Struggles

This Chapter delves into a listener's question about Sam Hauser's three-point shooting struggles in the playoffs. Coralis expresses his surprise at Hauser's poor performance and believes that the pace of the Eastern Conference Finals may have affected his shooting. He also discusses the importance of Hauser regaining his confidence and believes that he will start hitting shots again in the Finals.

00:24:30
Two-Way Players and Championship Rings

This Chapter addresses a listener's question about whether the Celtics' two-way players, David SInger and Justin Peterson, will receive championship rings. Coralis confirms that they will receive rings and discusses their chances of making the roster next year. He believes that Peterson has a chance to prove himself, but that Singer's time with the Celtics may be over.

00:27:11
Media Pickup Game and Parade Plans

This Chapter focuses on a listener's question about Coralis's experience playing in a media pickup game with other Celtics beat writers. Coralis shares his experience, highlighting the challenges of playing against younger, fitter opponents. He also discusses his plans to attend the championship parade if the Celtics win and expresses his preference for a duck boat specifically for the beat writers.

Keywords

Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are one of the most successful teams in NBA history, having won 17 championships. The Celtics are known for their rich history, passionate fan base, and iconic players like Larry Bird, Bill Russell, and Kevin Garnett.

NBA Finals
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is a best-of-seven series played between the champions of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The Finals are the culmination of the NBA season and are considered the most prestigious event in basketball.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. He is a 7-foot-3 center known for his shooting ability and his ability to block shots. Porzingis has played for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and now the Celtics. He is a two-time NBA All-Star.

Sam Hauser
Sam Hauser is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. He is a 6-foot-8 forward known for his three-point shooting. Hauser played college basketball at Marquette and Virginia before joining the Celtics. He is a key role player for the Celtics and is known for his ability to space the floor.

Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are known for their high-powered offense and their star player, Luka Dončić. The Mavericks have won one NBA championship, in 2011. They are a popular team with a passionate fan base.

Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are known for their young and talented roster, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. The Timberwolves have never won an NBA championship, but they are a team with a lot of potential.

Mailbag
A mailbag is a segment of a podcast or other media where the host answers questions from listeners. Mailbags are a popular way for hosts to engage with their audience and provide insights into topics that are of interest to them.

Media Pickup Game
A media pickup game is a basketball game played by members of the media who cover a particular sport. These games are often informal and are a way for media members to bond and have fun. They can also provide insights into the personalities and skills of the media members involved.

Q&A

  • Do the Celtics care who their opponent is in the Western Conference Finals?

    The Celtics are focused on themselves and don't care about the outcome of the Western Conference Finals. They are preparing for whoever comes out of the West.

  • Is the NBA rooting against the Celtics?

    No, the NBA benefits from having a legacy franchise like the Celtics in the Finals. They are a big TV market and have a passionate fan base.

  • Will Kristaps Porzingis be healthy enough to play in the Finals?

    It is uncertain whether Porzingis will be healthy enough to play in the Finals. He has been working on his recovery, but it is unclear when he will be able to scrimmage. The Celtics may try to play Game 1 without him to see if they can win without him.

  • What is the most underrated part of Jaylen Brown's game?

    Jaylen Brown's beard game is on point. It is well-kept, well-shaped, and glistening. It is a testament to his commitment to his appearance.

  • What are the chances of the Celtics' two-way players, David Singer and Justin Peterson, making the roster next year?

    Peterson has a chance to prove himself in training camp, but Singer's time with the Celtics may be over.

  • How important is it for the Celtics' defense to limit corner threes against the Mavericks?

    It is very important for the Celtics to limit corner threes against the Mavericks. Luka Dončić is the best in the game at generating corner threes, and the Mavericks are a good three-point shooting team.

  • What is the best way to limit corner threes against the Mavericks?

    The Celtics could play drop coverage to entice the Mavericks to take mid-range shots, or they could live with Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving making mid-range shots and hope they can win the three-for-two math.

  • What is the best way to celebrate Jalen Brown?

    The best way to celebrate Jalen Brown is to acknowledge his beard game. It is a testament to his commitment to his appearance and is a source of pride for him.

Show Notes

With so much time before the NBA Finals, we decided to open up the mailbag to answer a few of your questions. Those include the team's preferences in the Western Conference Finals, Boston defense vs. Dallas' offense, the NBA rooting against Boston, limiting Dallas' corner 3-pointers, Sam Hauser's 3-point shooting, Kristaps Porzingis returning, even if he's not 100%, and two-way players getting rings. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all of that and then addresses the video of a media pick up game in Indianapolis. 

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Mailbag: Kristaps Porzingis return, NBA vs. Boston Celtics, & media basketball

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