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Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal is the staff writer for The Game Theory Podcast w/ Sam Vecenie and a Roundtable panelist on the Boston Celtics Newsfeed on CLNS Radio.  Subscribe to Celtics Newsfeed on iTunes and Stitcher.

Follow Matt on Twitter @mattignal

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:31

Top-16 teams for the NCAA Tournament

Sam Vecenie chats with Reags over at Barstool about the committee releasing its top-16 teams for the NCAA Tournament so far (2:00-29:30), Gonzaga and Saint Mary's (29:30-40:30), and then finally the New York Knicks dumpster fire (46:45).  Then, for the rest of the episode, Sam chats with Adam Mares from over at Denver Stiffs, Locked On Nuggets, and Vice Sports about the Jusuf Nurkic-Mason Plumlee trade that was agreed to on Sunday. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags on Twitter, and you can follow Adam at @Adam_Mares.

Saturday, 11 February 2017 16:34

Marcus Smart Rises in Celtics Power Rankings

On the Celtics Roundtable weekly power rankings, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder are the biggest movers. This edition is hosted by Jonathan Ignal, Matt Ignal, Zaire, and Evan Valenti. Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable

Saturday, 11 February 2017 06:28

NBA Rookie Class Breakdown with Zach Harper

Sam Vecenie chats with Zach Harper of FanRag Sports about the new TV pilot he's working on before they break down the 2016-17 NBA rookie class. Oh, and at the end they talk about John Wick 2, and how excited they are for John Wick 2. Seriously, you should all see John Wick 2.  Slightly less importantly though, they chat about how Joel Embiid is already a top-30 NBA player, how the Pelicans may regret taking Buddy Hield over Jamal Murray, the flashes they've seen from Brandon Ingram, the lack of excitement they share over Marquese Chriss, and many other rookies. They also chat about Malik Monk at the top, and seriously, John Wick, the greatest action movie in the history of action movies.

A special 'Ten Questions' segment with Matt Ignal and Jonathan Levy covers Paul George rumors, Marcus Smart's fire, Jaylen Brown's development, and more! Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable.

Matt and Jon Ignal are joined by Zaire and Evan Valenti to break down the top prospects in the NBA draft and weigh their fit on the Celtics. Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 22:03

What if College Basketball had a Trade Deadline?

 Rob Dauster joins Sam Vecenie on the latest Game Theory Podcast to discuss a hypothetical trade deadline just like in the NBA. How would your team do it, and what players would realistically be available? Where would Markelle Fultz end up? What about fellow potential one-and-done Robert Williams? How would Duke address its point guard issue? Could Creighton reestablish its footing as a potential Final Four team by replacing Mo Watson with another point guard? Can Kentucky pick up a big wing to fix some of its defensive issues? Could Indiana salvage its season? All of this and more in one of the more fun podcasts of the year. 


Dennis Hopson joins Zaire to discuss his memories of playing against the 80s Celtics as well as Reggie Lewis and Len Bias.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:53

Elite Teams in College Basketball Right Now

Jeff Eisenberg over at Yahoo! Sports chats with Sam Vecenie about the elite teams in college basketball in the latest Game Theory podcast. They chat about all of these teams (in this order): Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina, Baylor, and Wisconsin. Then finally, they close out by talking about how Duke fits into this, then name their top-four teams in the country (or, in other words, what their Final Four would be). You can follow Jeff over at @JeffEisenberg on Twitter.

Zaire, Evan Valenti, and Matt and Jon Ignal break down the Jimmy Butler rumors and debate the merits of trading the Nets pick for him on the latest edition of Celtics Roundtable on the CLNS Newsfeed.

Saturday, 04 February 2017 17:03

Celtics Roster Power Rankings


This week's power ranking segment reviews the performance of Celtics roster over the last few games. Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable

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