LeBron James: Brad Stevens praise is overblown

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After the Boston Celtics sealed the deal against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Kyrie Irving-less Celtics are now ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In 34 playoff games against Boston, James has scored 979 points, the most by any player against one team in postseason history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. We saw King James do everything from nailing last-second buzzer beaters to win the game, to putting up more than 40 point performances. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two - including the East finals last season.

Most importantly, the C's have a huge edge in this series on the sidelines with Brad Stevens.

It was also Lue in the huddle in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, challenging James to be better. "He's 260-plus pounds. Can run like a gazelle".

But Morris is as physically equipped to handle James as anyone can be - strong and athletic, with quick feet that belie his height and weight.

"We've got to try to make it as tough as we can". He's 3-5 in the Finals overall, having also lost with the Cavs in 2007.

"There's not going to be one guy that's going to be able to defend him". I just think with this group we have more depth in the positions suited more to guard LeBron.

"I'm definitely not a one-man army", James told reporters Friday, in response to a question about him being responsible for Casey's firing.

New to the LeBron mix tomorrow will be Marcus Morris and Semi Ojeleye, who has become a Swiss army knife defender with his versatility. So we can talk from like potential, but he's been out since the first quarter of Game 1 in Cleveland. One thing that's for certain: You know he believed every word he said.

Marcus Morris told reporters on Saturday that there is only one other player in the National Basketball Association who can defend LeBron James as well as he does.

That club is now exclusive to legendary Boston players with legendary status.

What if the tests all look good and Hayward is able to accelerate his pace and you need a body to stand on the perimeter and space the floor? It's just a sports town. "They was like, "Hood, that's not really a distraction" because of everything that they've been through this year", he said. "Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it, but are here now and have to lay it all on the line". I think there's a lot that everybody knows that makes LeBron so great. It's a testament to a program they've been nurturing since he took over as coach five years ago. "It's going to take a full team effort, that's what we plan on doing". You can see that. "Despite all the circumstances of guys getting hurt with Kyrie out, with Gordon being out for the whole year, they just keep plugging guys in and keep playing".

Westgate has the defending champion Warriors as 5/8 favorites to win the title, meaning they have a better than 50-50 shot to do so.

IN was really good defensively, first of all.

"We don't want to give them all our secrets and strategies, but this will have to be our best defensive series."
Although there isn't too much they can do, they're expected to have a very valuable draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. They can lock and trail and chase on pindowns. "They understand, so it wasn't anything really". I think Boston is better than Indiana. "I think it's been designed that way so guys can just develop and learn as they go", Horford said. "He's breaking records every single day".

On the other end, with Simmons as the only player who could create from the perimeter, the Celtics opted to basically put the Sixers shooters in a stranglehold. Whatever it is.it could be a lot of things.

Well, he's going to get another chance to prove all of it, starting Sunday afternoon.

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