James seeks eighth NBA Finals in a row as Cavs face Celtics
James seeks eighth NBA Finals in a row as Cavs face Celtics
Celtics beat Sixers to book spot in East finals
13 May, 2018, 14:23
"Marcus does a great job of getting his hands dirty, getting on the floor", said teammate Marcus Morris.
"I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league", James said, via Dakota Randall of NESN. And that plan centers around forward Marcus Morris defending LeBron.
"That series, it was fun". It was my first time being in the playoffs, being able to go against one of the best players in the league, if not the best, it was definitely a good time.
But the feel is different this time around. "You can't blame young guys who want to go out to the highest bidder and thinks he should be a starter and he's not going to be one in Boston for many years to come".
Of course, the Celtics understand full well why they are underdogs in this series, particularly with the way James is playing and the relative ease with which these Cavaliers swept through top-seeded Toronto in Round 2.
Both teams have made major changes since meeting in the conference finals last season, with Kyrie Irving's change of uniforms the most obvious difference. Korver had just 8.3 points per game in the opening round while shooting 37.8% from the field but jumped up to 14.5 and 58.3% in the second round. The Cavaliers averaged 116.4 points per 100 possessions when Morris and James were matched up. Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) are the only players who has seen more consecutive Finals than James. "But he has got a lot of great role players around him and some other guys who can really create as well". Golden State is bidding for a third title in four years, and the Rockets are an absurd 50-5 when Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela play in the same game. "My thing is just cut down the easy baskets". James is going to make plays, and he's going to score (a lot) against 1-on-1 matchups. "We can't have [James' supporting cast] having 30-point games and 20-point games, and I think that gives us the best chance to win, because he's going to do what he's going to do, but as long as we make it tough for him and don't give up the easy ones". The Boston Celtics superstar has no evidence to back up the fact that he can defend LeBron James. "So they really wanted me here, and not only because of that, just the toughness and things like that". He looked very confident.
"He's their rock and he never gets rattled throughout the whole game", James said. "And there was no help". I thought Miami was more physical, but the talent wasn't there like Boston has.
"I haven't reflected on it", James said. I think his spirits look better every single day. "(Expletive), I think IN did a great job against Cleveland IN that series.
The Celtics acquired Morris from the Pistons this summer in a deal where the team sent out Avery Bradley. And he knows that his players have fed off the perception that they can't be competitive while playing without injured All-Stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.
However, things are a lot different on the court for the four-time MVP victor when he is marked by one certain Celtics star, and it will be interesting to see if Boston's head coach Brad Stevens utilizes him in this way. Stevens is hailed as one of the best basketball minds today and he'll have to put out his best with an NBA Finals appearance one step away.
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