LeBron James versus the Boston Celtics

Hope Soto
May 13, 2018

While his National Basketball Association career has not been completely without incident since (he missed four weeks this season after slicing open his hand while punching a hotel room glass picture frame out of frustration in Los Angeles), his fire, passion and willingness to put his body on the line has made him a central figure for a franchise that has made the playoffs every year of his career.

Marcus Morris was doing interviews on Saturday about the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

SIX days of rest may have energized LeBron "King" James once more, restoring in all probability his venom that was essentially the chief ingredient in Cleveland dismissing in and Toronto in succession in the Cavs' march to the NBA Eastern Finals. The Celtics have players that step up but no one superstar to lead the way consistently. With that said, many question how competitive this series will actually be. While starters Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford will likely get the first crack at James, Marcus Morris figures to be the player Stevens would first turn to off the bench.

Per usual, then, the Celtics will roll out their standard cast approach to covering James, who has averaged an NBA-leading 34.3 points along with nine assists per game in the postseason. He wouldn't mind another performance like this throughout the series. Can any one of them contain Terry Rozier?

Morris also mentioned he felt the Celtics would be more physical with James than the Raptors were in the previous series, and stressed the idea of not letting James look more "confident" than he already is by preventing "easy" shots.

"There's not going to be one guy that's going to be able to defend him".

That being said, if any one defender can slow James down, Morris believes he's the guy. He's the best player in this game. He does have some experience in the conference finals, but he is currently in a much different role now. "So why not the guy that's been in the finals the last X amount of years", DeRozan said.

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The Celtics advance to the NBA's final four to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight year for a berth in the finals. The Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in the first two rounds, but both of those teams are green.

After telling reporters in Boston that he has the "perfect size" to guard James, he followed it up with a more definitive proclamation: he's one of the two best matchups against LeBron James, with the other being Kawhi Leonard.

Tristian Thompson is getting playing time again, which will force Horford, along with others, to rebound much more efficiently; especially with Thompson's strong offensive rebounding ability. "He was getting to different places on the court", said Morris. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.

The Celtics know what's about to hit them. That was with Kyrie Irving still around, and after Cleveland turned their roster inside-out at the trade deadline.

Year-to-year, LeBron's supporting cast doesn't seem to matter. The Cavaliers swept a first-round meeting in 2015 and won last year's conference finals in five games, but it's all meaningless at this point.

"That series, it was fun". Starting with the 2008 National Basketball Association season and ending with a preview of the upcoming matchup.

These two teams played in a highly anticipated regular-season opener, won by Cleveland on a night that included Gordon Hayward's horrific season-ending ankle injury.

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