Celtics Talk Podcast: Best ways to keep C's fans entertained during NBA suspension

Celtics Talk Podcast: Best ways to keep C's fans entertained during NBA suspension

It now has been two weeks since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus, and the league suspended its season indefinitely.

Those two weeks have felt like months, and there's no doubt the absence of the NBA -- and sports as a whole -- has been rough. So in the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Chris Forsberg, Abby Chin, and A. Sherrod Blakely look at the bright side.

The crew discussed their favorite moments from C's players in quarantine, and as well as which Celtics Classic games they are looking forward to watching the most on NBC Sports Boston.

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Blakely didn't hesitate when asked about his favorite Celtics-related moment of quarantine, Grant Williams casting his teammates as Space Jam characters.

Grant Williams. I loved that because it came early on in this process when we're still kind of adjusting to being in this whole self-quarantine mode. And the fact that he was so spot-on. I mean, Gordon Hayward as grandma? Yeah, I can see that. Jayson Tatum as Lola Bunny? Absolutely. And Marcus Smart as Tazmanian Devil is spot-on. 

Chin is going with none other than the fan-favorite, Tacko Fall.

I do think that we should give Tacko MVP because he and Tremont Waters have been making these videos all season long. I mean, shoutout to Maine. They have been the one saving grace for me.

As for the Celtics Classics, NBC Sports Boston has been airing and will continue to air some of the most memorable games in C's history. One of those games will be Terry Rozier's epic showdown with Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs, which is set to air Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET.

To hear more about how the Celtics and the rest of the NBA world are holding up during these trying times, check out this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.

Celtics Talk Podcast: MacMullan, Mannix, Maxwell and Goodman react to NBA suspending the season

Celtics Talk Podcast: MacMullan, Mannix, Maxwell and Goodman react to NBA suspending the season

The NBA made the stunning -- though necessary -- decision Wednesday to suspend the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league's decision came shortly after one of its players, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for coronavirus. It was learned Thursday that Gobert's teammate, Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive.

Several sports leagues have followed suit in suspending operations, including MLB and NHL. NCAA canceled all of its winter and spring championships, including both men's and women's Division I tournaments.

On this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, some of the biggest names in basketball sports media shared their thoughts on how the NBA is handling the coronavirus, and what’s ahead for the league.

ESPN's Jackie MacMullan explained how this was the "worst-case scenario for the NBA," and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix said there "isn't a lot of optimism" around the league that this NBA season will resume.

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The Boston Celtics are one of the teams that will have to self-quarantine as they played against Gobert and the Jazz twice in the last three weeks (Feb. 26 and March 6).

C's great Cedric Maxwell, who travels with the team as a radio broadcaster, shared his immediate reaction to the unsettling news.

I was very serious about it. I mean, I was thinking about what happened in Italy where they were quarantining 12 million people and then New Rochelle, New York. And, you know, self-quarantine areas there. So, it definitely concerned me ... 

I don't even know what suspending the season means, if it's going to stop now and continue in a month from now with the playoffs or what, but this possibly the craziest thing that's happened to me since I've been in the NBA.

College basketball analyst Jeff Goodman also joined the show discussing how the NCAA could cancel its Division I tournaments altogether, which has since become a reality.

To hear more about what MacMullan, Mannix, Maxwell, and Goodman have to say on the NBA's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, check out this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Why C's should be in the NBA title conversation

Celtics Talk Podcast: Why C's should be in the NBA title conversation

The Boston Celtics are on a roll lately with Jayson Tatum leading the way, but do they have enough firepower to win an NBA title?

Obviously the C's have struggled with their fair share of injuries this season, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less of a championship contender right now. If everyone is healthy come playoff time, teams around the NBA shouldn't take Boston lightly. 

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On this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Marc Spears of The Undefeated joined Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely to discuss the C's chances at bringing home the title -- and Spears thinks the Celtics will put up a fight. 

Oh yeah. I mean to me they're certainly a team you need to be worried about if you're anybody in the NBA. They just have so many weapons, so much height, so much length, they got size. Obviously Horford leaving -- if he was still there that would've packed it in. But, how do you guard them? How do you guard them in the playoffs when they're healthy and they've got everybody, and everybody's confident? I don't know how you do.

In a seven-game series they're going to be a tough out, a real, real tough out. Kemba [Walker] finally has something to play for in the postseason, Hayward is a continuously intriguing story in his road to getting back to an All-star level. They say to win a championship you need four All-stars. This team has four All-star caliber players.

Perhaps the depth is a little in question, but I do think in the playoffs, with the days off between games, your rotation gets a lot smaller, and so those guys are going to require more time. Smart is Smart, so he's going to be the irritant and talented player that he is. So, I wonder if they end up adding somebody from the free-agent scrap heap. I remember when I covered the Celtics in 2007-09, when they won that championship in 2008, they added guys like Cassell who was a buyout guy. They added guys like P.J. Brown. I wouldn't say they wouldn't have won it without them. They certainly played a big role in the Celtics winning their last championship, so you really haven't heard Boston's name in terms of adding anybody, but it may not hurt to add a player to the roster that's a veteran guy that perhaps can help them off the bench in the postseason.

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Boston's bench has been spread rather thin lately due to the injuries sustained to Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown. The injuries have caused bench players to take over as starters, thus resulting in the bench not being able to add much on the offensive side of things. 

However, the Celtics can make a splash in the postseason provided they remain healthy. And if they add a veteran scorer for the bench, they'll be that much more dangerous down the stretch.

To hear more about what Spears, Draper, and Blakely have to say on the C's odds of winning the title, how important the second seed is for Boston, and the emergence of Tatum and Brown, check out this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.

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