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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.

This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

Boston Celtics fans were ecstatic last summer to find out Kemba Walker would be their new starting point guard, and the feeling was mutual.

After Walker agreed to join the C's on a four-year, $141 million max deal, he couldn't help but tell the world. Walker's sister, Sharifa Nesbitt, described Kemba's excitement upon joining the Celtics in an excellent feature written by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

When Walker and his sister returned to Charlotte on June 27, his decision had been all but made. A man at the airport asked if he was going to re-sign with the Hornets, and Walker told him that he was going to become a Celtic, breaking the news himself in a busy terminal.

'He was telling whoever would ask,” Sharifa said with a chuckle. 'He was just happy.'

It's been all smiles for Walker on the court during the 2019-20 season as well. The 29-year-old has quickly become the heart and soul of the C's and has drastically improved the team's chemistry after last year's tumultuous campaign.

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After what Walker went through with the Charlotte Hornets, it's no surprise he was so thrilled to join a perennial contender like Boston. Charlotte only had two winning seasons since drafting Walker in 2011.

Walker is averaging 20.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds through 50 games played this season, and he'll be a huge factor in the Celtics' success if and when the NBA season finally resumes.

You can read Himmelsbach's full feature on Walker here.

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

We'll finally get to see some basketball action -- sort of -- when NBA's "HORSE Challenge" begins Sunday night.

Unfortunately, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won't be participating despite being a master trick-shot artist.  He did, however, chime in with an idea for a contest he'd love to be a part of.

"Let’s play H-O-R-S-E with defense and see how that works out ;)," he tweeted Thursday night.

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Sounds right up the potential Defensive Player of the Year's alley.

Although Smart won't get the chance to show off his trick-shot prowess, one former Celtic will. Paul Pierce is set to be one of the eight contestants in the competition.

Smart tested positive for the coronavirus last month, but he has since been cleared. The 26-year-old recently appeared on CNN to discuss the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and donated his plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.