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The Wicked Smart Sports Guys Episode 189: State of the Celtics One Week After the Trade Deadline w/ Jack Simone!

Jack and KJ discuss a poor debut from Evan Fournier, some strong performances from Luke Kornet, whether Kemba Walker’s role as the third scoring option is in doubt and other NBA related news.

Danny Ainge on How the Play-In Tournament Had an Unintended Impact on the Trade Deadline for the Celtics

Danny Ainge held a press conference early Friday morning to discuss the Celtics trade deadline moves. Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston asked if the presence of the play-in tournament for the final spots in each conference’s playoff picture, a new reality for teams to consider at the trade deadline, made it more difficult to get deals done:

Kemba Walker is Not Doing Nearly as Poorly as People Would Have You Believe

Talking about Kemba Walker “not being the same player that he was last year” has been one of the most popular sports topics around Boston this season. As Walker continues to battle knee issues, a large portion of the blame for the Celtics disappointing season has been placed on his shoulders. However, after looking at the numbers, Walker doesn’t appear to be struggling as much as everyone thinks he is.

Jayson Tatum Sets Another Celtics Record

After it was announced that Kevin Durant would be out through the NBA All-Star break with a left hamstring sprain, the NBA named Domantas Sabonis as his replacement on the roster and Jayson Tatum as his replacement in the starting lineup.

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