Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Celtics star calls out LeBron before Game 1 Video

Celtics star calls out LeBron before Game 1 Video

Many questions were asked to the C's over the last two days about how their experience of defending Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first round and Ben Simmons during the second round has helped them to prepare for defending James in the Eastern Finals. The one your friends say can't be beat.

Despite the countless rumors and reports throughout the season that seem to point to his desire to play elsewhere in the 2018-19 season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the odds leaders to sign the four-time MVP. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. Somehow, the Celtics survived despite having just one bar of life remaining, beating the Milwaukee Bucks in a decisive Game 7. Rozier scored 24 points as the Celtics defeated the 76ers 114-112.

But the giant possessed a fatal flaw. If that happens, James, Kevin Love and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers should advance again to the NBA Finals.

The first two games of the series will be played in Boston, where James has thrived and one of the signature moments of his career took place.

And so we've arrived at an Eastern Conference Finals rematch everybody expected seven months ago, with a road map straight out of Super Mario Kart.

LeBron James, commander-in-chief of "LeBronto", played like himself in this series but more-so to the nth degree.

The history between James and the Celtics is more than enough to make things interesting. This huge change in production will simply not cut it against the Cavaliers, who will be hungry to return to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Technically, "Final Boss" is already the nickname (and an excellent one) for a Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher.

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We felt like we had a good chance to get to at least the conference finals and that was our goal. If the Los Angeles Lakers' pick lands at #1 or at #6 to 30, the pick will go to Philly.

That said, LeBron will influence any front office in the league. Chicago weren't the powerhouse they were a year later in 2010-2011, heading into their conference finals series against Miami with an MVP (Derrick Rose) and the best record in the National Basketball Association that year. He's not gonna make every insane play every time down. James, in his first run with the Cavs, lost to the Celtics twice in the playoffs - In 2008 and in 2010, the latter being his final game for Cleveland before joining the Heat. This year, he'll ride the Boston bench with a bum knee.

"Sore. Really sore. Really sore", VanVleet said. Philly won the game 103-92 and covered the spread with a little bit of room to spare. They will be needed for more. The Celtics just dominated a 76ers squad that's more talented at both ends than the Cavs and was actually a lot of people's pick to win the East. "It's nothing against the defense", said Terry Rozier.

Will Jayson Tatum show up, or be bottled up by his childhood hero? Maybe Marcus Smart gets his chance.

Morris comparing himself to Kawhi Leonard - the 2014 NBA Finals MVP victor - is a definite example of his inflated confidence, but it goes even further than that.

Stop me if you've heard me before: LeBron James will be playing against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Yes this current Cavaliers roster is arguably James' worst supporting cast, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. Whether it be tweaks or improvements to make, a player who must play well in order for their team to succeed or simply a player who needs to step their game up, each of Boston, Cleveland, Golden State and Houston has a guy, an X-factor, who can be a difference maker. He did against Toronto and IN, shooting 55 percent from the floor and averaging 34 points per game IN each series.

Brad Stevens and the Celtics aren't on the verge of becoming the Raptors. "And they only keep getting better". "Those guys are always moving, cutting, setting screens, so if you fall asleep for half a second you'll lose them".

Sean Sylver can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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