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Celtics Talk Podcast: Have C's underachieved at halfway mark? More on Morris-Brown beef

Celtics Talk Podcast: Have C's underachieved at halfway mark? More on Morris-Brown beef

A. Sherrod Blakely says the Celtics have been underachievers halfway through their season; What can we take away from the Marcus Morris-Jaylen Brown incident?
 

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1:00 - It’s the midway point of the season for the Celtics. Blakely says the Celtics have been underachievers so far this season.

3:00 - Have the Celtics lost sight of how they’re reputation was built? They have not been using adversity to their advantage.

4:10 - Draper says the Celtics getting to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals might have been a negative thing with how the team has responded this year. Are the Celtics acting privileged because of their success last season?

6:20 - Celtics are great one night and bad the next. Inconsistencies are plaguing this team. 

7:30 - Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown get into an altercation. Why did this happen and what should be taken from that incident?

10:35 - Is Jaylen Brown being singled out by his teammates? Is Brown going to be a great fit with this team moving forward? What is Brown’s role on this team?

17:05 - Expectations for the second half of the season. Celtics need to make a big run to make to make up ground on the rest of the Eastern Conference.

20:00 - Celtics need to get tougher against their opponents and show more fight.

23:00 - Blakely’s midseason grades. Marcus Morris earns the best grade as he has become an integral part of the team. Gordon Hayward needs to become more aggressive in the 2nd half of the season.

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WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

Bill Belichick has left us with yet another hilarious interview bit.

At halftime of the New England Patriots' preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Belichick was asked if he had anything to add to the statement he had released about Josh Gordon's return to the team. Gordon, who was reinstated by the NFL on Friday, is now eligible to join the Patriots.

However, Belichick gave a very short answer and didn't elaborate much in this comical exchange captured by Boston 25 News' Chad Amaral.

Instant classic.

In fairness, Belichick does have a point. There was a statement released earlier in the day. But given how quickly Gordon's return was announced, it was also fair to see if the coach had anything extra to add. Belichick just happened to be focused on the game, so he didn't want to talk about Gordon's reinstatement.

Gordon's addition could end up being big for the Patriots' receiving corps, so maybe Belichick will show him more love once he actually gets back onto the field.

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

This offseason, the Boston Celtics were in a state of flux. With the impending departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it seemed that the team was entering a rebuilding phase in which they would have to build around their young talent.

Instead, the team was able to retool. That was largely thanks to Kemba Walker's interest in joining the team. Walker's interest surprised their co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, who shared how he reacted when he heard the news.

"I almost crashed my car when I heard that," Pagliuca said, per Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe.

It's easy to understand why Pagliuca was so surprised. Walker, who had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, could've gotten a supermax to stay put with the Hornets. Instead, he wanted to join a winner and evidently was impressed with the Celtics.

Walker should be the perfect replacement for Kyrie Irving and should help to build better chemistry in a locker room that dealt with numerous issues last year. And Walker's addition plus the acquisition of rookies Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters has done a lot to transform the Celtics' personality, as Pagliuca noted.

"There’s just really a positive attitude from everybody this year," Pagliuca said, per Yang. "We’ve got a bunch of hard-working players that really want to achieve. We couldn’t ask for anything more."

After last season, that should be refreshing to Celtics fans, especially if they can stay competitive in what should be a wide-open Eastern Conference outside of the favored No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

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