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Celtics PRIDE podcast: Smart and Pritchard injuries, Teague’s floater, and the maturation of Jayson Tatm

It was a bad week for the Celtics, but there’s so much promise moving forward.

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On this episode of Celtics PRIDE, Adam Motenko, Josh Motenko and Mike Minkoff touch on all the reasons we could be concerned but aren’t from the Celtics’ inability to keep from scoring on their own basket to Jeff Teague’s inability to hit his floater to Pritchard being out and now Marcus Smart’s recent injury.

Then they share thoughts on Kemba’s poor play after his leader-like comments in the media about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum not needing to change anything about how they’re playing - because it should be Kemba who makes the adjustment.

Mike and Josh squash the Aaron Nesmith debate with a bet on whether Nesmith will shoot over 38% at any point throughout his rookie contract - and they dig up a similar bet made in 2019 for Carsen Edwards. Hopefully now, they can let the on-court play do the talking.

The Celtics PRIDE crew shoots down the JJ Redick trade rumors as both something that seems unlikely to happen and unlikely to bolster the Boston lineup much given Redick’s severely declining mobility and recent play.

Coach Josh then highlights a couple Jayson Tatum plays from the Spurs and Lakers that exemplify both Tatum’s greatness and his struggles with details that remind fans of his play that ended last year’s playoffs. Josh argues Tatum reducing these mistakes is the number one theme to watch for the rest of the year.

They give Rob WIlliams some love before emphasizing that after all the work Jaylen Brown did to get out the vote prior to the last election, we as fans need to repay the favor by voting him into the All-Star Game. After taking a team-friendly deal, helping Brown get his $1.3 million All-Star bonus from is the least we can do as fans to directly help him out - since fan voting accounts for 50% of the All Star voting. Now the only question is, could Jaylen win the Most Improved Player Award this year?

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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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