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Celtics PRIDE podcast: the sky is not falling

A third of the way through the season, we need to be calm and carry on.

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On this episode of Celtics PRIDE, Adam Motenko stays neutral, Mike Minkoff shares nerdy stats about how poor the Celtics offense is compared to the rest of the league, and Coach Josh Motenko tries to provide big picture perspective to the mentality that many Celtics fans feel these days - that the sky is falling.

Josh coins the new psychological disorder: Sky Is Falling Anxiety Syndrome (SIFAS). If you’re having any of the following belief symptoms, you may have SIFAS:

  1. The worst case scenario is happening before our eyes.
  2. The coach isn’t being listened to anymore.
  3. The stars will leave us because that’s how the NBA works.
  4. Fire someone, quick!
  5. Trade someone!

Coach Josh then outlines the many reasons why the sky is actually not falling, from what the standings are telling us about so many middling teams across the league, to variance of point differentials being historically high this year for NBA teams - including the Celtics - to the impact of COVID on both team success and fan experience.

The crew then comes up with some solutions. Listen to how they would fix things at this juncture. The Celtics PRIDE team wants to remind you not to panic because Marcus Smart will be back soon, and we will be seeing a very different outcome.

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Hosts: Adam Motenko, Josh Motenko (@coachmotenko) and Mike Minkoff (@mikeminkoffnba)

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About Celtics PRIDE Podcast: Co-Hosts Adam Motenko, his identical twin brother Josh Motenko, and their friend Mike Minkoff couldn’t stop talking about the team. Now they supply your need for Boston Celtics content with their regular podcast on CelticsBlog.

They will talk nerdy to you, dissect the players on and off the court, and bicker like only opinionated New Englanders can. It’s like if CelticsBlog made a BasketballJones / Dunc’dOn lovechild.

You will get the coach’s perspective, the capologist’s view, and a healthy dose of advanced and traditional stats that breakdown everything that happened and could happen with the #1 dynasty in the NBA. If you often find yourself reminiscing about the players you grew up watching, or you just need reminders about what “being a Celtic” means to you, this is the podcast for you. This is Celtics PRIDE!

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