Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cavs Emerge as Odds Leaders to Land LeBron James This Offseason

Cavs Emerge as Odds Leaders to Land LeBron James This Offseason

As his Cavaliers teammates got in one last workout before heading to Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Hill took part in graduation ceremonies at the school in Indianapolis.

"I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league", he said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

"That series, it was fun".

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.

"The way we've been playing at home has definitely been a crutch we've been leaning on to understand how high our confidence could be", DeRozan said. "Circumstances are a little different now".

When he's standing in attention for the national anthem at TD Garden Arena, LeBron James will look up and see the retired jersey numbers of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, and Frank Ramsey.All of them Celtics, they are the only players in NBA history with more consecutive Finals appearances than James' current streak of seven. During the regular season, only Jaylen Brown logged more matchups (56) than Morris (55) against James, according to Second Spectrum data.

Ultimately, Boston has lost the last eight out of nine games in the playoffs against the Cavs.

His prolific-prone performances against Toronto alone gave him a whopping 36-point per game clip going to the Conference Finals, a first-class headache of a stat to any team trying to stop LeBron, if not defeat Cleveland. The Cavaliers averaged 116.4 points per 100 possessions when Morris and James were matched up. Up next is the most impossible individual task in the entire National Basketball Association, and that is finding a way to get past LeBron James.

"It's very hard. I feel like these playoffs have been great for our group, because the first round was tough with Giannis, a guy that attacks and you always have to be aware of him, and then (Joel) Embiid and Simmons, and now LeBron", Al Horford said after practice yesterday.

Here are five players the Celtics will try to use on James to slow down what might be the most unstoppable individual player in the history of this game. "My thing is just cut down the easy baskets".

"But he's got a lot of great role players around him and some other guys that can really create out there, as well".

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LeBron, Love, and Kyrie Irving all scored 20+ per game.

The villain label was always misplaced when it came to James, and while it may not have been required, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the title in 2016 healed whatever wounds were opened by his initial departure.

"I'm just glad he's on my team", Cavs guard J.R. Smith said.

"They've got a couple", he said. "And there was no help". I think Boston is better than Indiana.

The question of who will guard James should actually be presented as "who won't guard James?"

"I've never really been at a point where, s--, anybody's ever broken me with shots or anything like that", said Morris.

"You realize that if you're going to break records here, you're probably going to break bad ones", he recently said. "I think our guys have done a good job doing that". Unfortunately, Toronto got swept, but like I said in the beginning, it looked very easy.

"There's been a lot that's happened throughout the season with us and for them", Cavs forward Kevin Love said. "I'm happy that I played through it because we got the wins that we needed, but now it's good to get some rest and get ready for Cleveland". "So they really wanted me here, and not only because of that, just the toughness and things like that". I get it with the Kyrie thing.

Boston on the other hand has melded as a team because of heart and great coaching.

Boston's successes this season aside, Stevens said comfort remains a commodity this profession. That they will have to continue to play that way against the Cavaliers is a certainty.

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