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The Celts Run Through the East, and a Look Ahead to the Finals With Michael Pina

The Celts Run Through the East, and a Look Ahead to the Finals With Michael Pina

Update: 2024-05-29
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This episode of Off the Pike continues the discussion about the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals sweep of the Pacers and the potential NBA Finals matchup against the Mavericks. The hosts delve into the topic of uniform colors in different sports leagues, particularly the NBA's tradition of wearing white at home and colors on the road, contrasting it with the NHL and NFL's practice of wearing colors at home and white on the road. They also discuss the Celtics' potential for internal conflict if either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum wins the MVP award, speculating on the possibility of resentment and division within the team. The episode concludes with a lighthearted discussion about the potential for negative takes on the Celtics' championship, with the hosts anticipating criticisms about the perceived weakness of their opponents.

Outlines

00:00:00
Ringer NFL Show Intro

This Chapter introduces the Ringer NFL show, highlighting its focus on NFL offseason developments and news. It encourages listeners to subscribe and follow the show on various platforms.

00:00:43
NBA Playoffs: Celtics Sweep Pacers

This Chapter discusses the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals sweep of the Pacers, highlighting key players' performances and the team's overall dominance. It also touches on the Celtics' ability to win close games and their impressive defensive rating.

00:04:37
Potential Celtics-Mavericks Finals Matchup

This Chapter delves into a potential NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and the Mavericks, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of both teams. The hosts discuss the Celtics' ability to exploit the Mavericks' lack of a good matchup for Tatum and the Mavericks' potential challenges in defending the Celtics' diverse offense.

00:06:32
Patriots' New Uniforms

This Chapter expresses the hosts' strong disapproval of the Patriots' new uniforms, comparing them unfavorably to previous iterations. They discuss the lack of creativity and the overall unappealing design of the current uniforms.

01:09:58
Uniform Colors in Sports Leagues

This Chapter delves into the topic of uniform colors in different sports leagues, particularly the NBA's tradition of wearing white at home and colors on the road, contrasting it with the NHL and NFL's practice of wearing colors at home and white on the road. The hosts discuss the historical context and the rationale behind these practices.

01:11:18
NBA Playoff T-Shirt Giveaways

This Chapter expresses Brian's dislike for the color schemes and t-shirts given out during NBA playoff games, preferring to wear his own gear and jerseys. He shares his experience with a playoff game where they gave out a black t-shirt, which he plans to keep and wear to future games.

01:12:20
Potential Celtics' Internal Conflict

This Chapter discusses the potential for internal conflict within the Celtics if either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum wins the MVP award. The hosts speculate on the possibility of resentment and division within the team, particularly if the player who doesn't win the award feels slighted.

01:12:59
Potential Negative Takes on Celtics' Championship

This Chapter discusses the potential for negative takes on the Celtics' championship, with the hosts anticipating criticisms about the perceived weakness of their opponents. They speculate on the possibility of commentators downplaying the significance of the Celtics' victory.

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, their passionate fan base, and their iconic green and white uniforms.

Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are known for their high-powered offense, led by Luka Dončić, and their recent success, including winning the 2011 NBA championship. The Mavericks are a popular team with a strong fan base in Texas and beyond.

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 NBA Finals is one of the most prestigious events in professional basketball and is watched by millions of fans around the world.

Drew Holiday
Drew Holiday is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics. He is a five-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA champion. Holiday is known for his exceptional defensive skills, his playmaking ability, and his clutch performances in big games.

Jason Tatum
Jason Tatum is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics. He is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA All-NBA Team selection. Tatum is known for his scoring prowess, his versatility, and his leadership on the court.

Jalen Brown
Jalen Brown is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics. He is a two-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA All-NBA Team selection. Brown is known for his athleticism, his scoring ability, and his ability to create his own shot.

Luka Dončić
Luka Dončić is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA All-NBA Team selection. Dončić is known for his exceptional playmaking ability, his scoring prowess, and his ability to dominate the game.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He is an eight-time NBA All-Star and an NBA champion. Irving is known for his exceptional ball-handling skills, his scoring ability, and his ability to create his own shot.

New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They are one of the most successful teams in NFL history, having won six Super Bowls. The Patriots are known for their dynasty under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, their passionate fan base, and their iconic blue and red uniforms.

Red Sox Navy
Red Sox Navy refers to the navy blue color used in the Boston Red Sox's alternate uniforms. It is a popular color among Red Sox fans and is often associated with the team's history and tradition.

Q&A

  • What are the Celtics' strengths heading into the NBA Finals?

    The Celtics have a lot of strengths, including their depth, the emergence of Drew Holiday, and their ability to win close games. They also have an impressive defensive rating, which was particularly evident in their sweep of the Pacers.

  • What are the Mavericks' weaknesses that the Celtics could exploit in a potential Finals matchup?

    The Mavericks lack a good matchup for Tatum, and the Celtics could potentially exploit this by forcing him into difficult situations on defense. The Mavericks also have a tendency to rely heavily on Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving, which could make them vulnerable to the Celtics' defensive pressure.

  • Why do the hosts dislike the Patriots' new uniforms?

    The hosts believe the new uniforms are uninspired and lack creativity. They prefer the classic designs of previous iterations, particularly the uniforms from the Brady era and the earlier Patriot era.

  • What is the hosts' take on the Celtics' ability to win close games?

    The hosts believe the Celtics have proven their ability to win close games, particularly in the Eastern Conference Finals. They point to their perfect record in clutch situations this postseason as evidence of their improved composure and execution in tight games.

  • How do the hosts feel about the potential of a Celtics-Mavericks Finals matchup?

    The hosts are excited about the potential matchup, believing it would be a fascinating chess match between two talented teams. They anticipate a lot of strategic adjustments and exciting moments in such a series.

  • What is the traditional uniform color practice in the NHL and NFL?

    In the NHL and NFL, teams typically wear their colors at home and white on the road. This is in contrast to the NBA, where teams traditionally wear white at home and colors on the road.

  • Why does Brian dislike the t-shirts given out at NBA playoff games?

    Brian prefers to wear his own gear and jerseys, and he finds the color schemes and t-shirts given out at NBA playoff games to be unappealing. He doesn't want to wear a shirt that he'll only wear for one game.

  • What is Brian's concern about the Celtics' potential for internal conflict?

    Brian is concerned that if either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum wins the MVP award, the other player might feel resentful and it could create division within the team.

  • What kind of negative takes do the hosts anticipate about the Celtics' championship?

    The hosts anticipate that some commentators might downplay the significance of the Celtics' victory, arguing that their opponents were not strong enough and that the championship doesn't hold as much weight.

Show Notes

Brian chats with The Ringer’s Michael Pina about the Celtics' playoff run, Al Horford’s throwback performances, Jaylen Brown’s strong play, Celtics hate in the national media, and potential Finals matchups (0:45 ). Then, Brian and Jamie answer some listener questions on the Celtics and Patriots (46:15 ).

We want to hear from you! Leave Brian a message on the listener line at 617-396-7172. Or send us your questions for our mailbag at offthepike@gmail.com.

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Host: Brian Barrett

Guest: Michael Pina

Producer: Jamie McClellan

Additional Production Supervision: Steve Ceruti


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The Celts Run Through the East, and a Look Ahead to the Finals With Michael Pina

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