James is an example of an athlete who has excelled on the court, while remaining as an impactful social force for good on the days when he does not have any games scheduled. Those classic side-scrollers featuring a boss - monster, robot, monster-inside-of-a-robot - at the end of each stage. "There's only so much you can do".
The Boston Celtics played the Cleveland Cavaliers three time this regular season. He is an elite rim protector and is more agile than one would think. Rozier scored 24 points as the Celtics defeated the 76ers 114-112. They isolated one of them (Ben Simmons) along the perimeter, limiting his effectiveness and leaving the 7-foot Joel Embiid to inflict damage from close range.
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Despite being the higher seed and owning home-court advantage for the series, the Celtics find themselves as underdogs, both among oddsmakers and most National Basketball Association observers.
The Celtics don't have anyone of James' stature, but they have a complete team that's clicking.
It was also Lue in the huddle in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, challenging James to be better. It could be now or never for their coach Mike D'Antoni, who previously guided the Phoenix Suns to conference finals when Steve Nash was their point guard. Technically, "Final Boss" is already the nickname (and an excellent one) for a Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher. He tried to miss the second which would have run the clock down but it rattled in stopping time and allowing Philadelphia to try one more play.
The Celtics and Cavaliers meet on Sunday for a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals. This year, he'll ride the Boston bench with a bum knee.
"Indiana was really good defensively, first of all", Lue said after practice May 11.
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"I think anytime you play in the playoffs you play against great players, but everybody is a little bit different". They will be needed for more.
The Cavs feel the young Celtics might be a greater challenge. While there is merit to that conversation, Boston holds just as much stock in being prepped to defend sharpshooters Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith.
Will Jayson Tatum show up, or be bottled up by his childhood hero?
"(You) got smarter with your movements and stuff like that", Brown added.
Let the band play on, starting with the Rolling Stones' 1964 hit "Not Fade Away."That refers to the Boston Celtics' fondest defensive hope in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, starting Sunday afternoon, as they face LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the newest tool in James' kit.The faderThat is an unstoppable, untoppable, unblockable fadeaway jump shot, taken from a position so laid back a hammock should be its ultimate landing zone".
To LeBron James, the Boston Celtics are just another team that he has to get through to get that Larry O'Brien trophy for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He carries postseason averages of 9.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game into the series.
There are a couple of other obvious differences in this meeting with Cleveland than past years. It just hasn't happened yet. "And they only keep getting better". But another chance to beat the final boss is at their fingertips.
Yet they are also viewed as the underdogs no matter which standard you use.