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LeBron takes charge once more, tows Cavs to Finals

29 May, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Carla Brady
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Jayson Tatum has scored at unprecedented levels, showing a level of maturity and poise the Celtics haven't seen since Paul Pierce.

A Celtics team that had defied every National Basketball Association playoff standard all postseason when it came to leaning on star players found itself one superstar short in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Asking him to follow me back on Twitter, going to his camps. Now the two were sharing the same stage, and James recognized something that has Celtics fans dying for the start of training camp.

Added Ainge to a follow-up question, "I don't know what all-in is, but there's certainly plateaus and there's ridiculous spending and there's responsible spending, and that's what we're trying to do is be responsible".

"We've been counted out for a long time this season", James said, referring to the Cavs' subpar regular season.

While Ainge's explanation does provide some clarity, it doesn't explain why Irving "didn't want to be seen" after the procedure. "It's my first year in the league". I grew up watching LeBron. "Didn't know what we were going to do with our team".

The only obvious advantage the Cavaliers have is James, the kind of player who can win a Game 7 in Boston with a team that was without its other All-Star because of a concussion and couldn't shoot straight deep into the first half, with Cavaliers other than James missing their first 10 3s until J.R. Smith hit one with 2:54 remaining until halftime. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.

If the seven players who carried the Celtics to the brink of the last dance represented the sole returning talent next year, we'd still be talking about them as potential finalists.

Fellow injured Celtics Gordon Hayward and Shane Larkin were both on the bench Sunday.

Before picking either side in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, you need to read what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein has to say. This scoring season is now 9 all-time in playoffs history, eclipsed only by Michael Jordan (4 times: 36.7, 35.1, 34.8 and 34.5 PPG), Wilt Chamberlain (once: 35 PPG), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (once: 34.6 PPG) and...

But really, just how bad is this 3-5 record?

"I think we've played now until May 25th and May 27th the last two years, and we started on September 25th", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Terry Rozier emerged as an athletic, penetrating point guard who protects the ball.

Irving had not played in the Celtics' run to the Eastern Conference finals after undergoing a pair of surgeries in March and April to remove screws from his left patella that had become infected. In all, 24 different players were on the roster during the season. LeBron James got some help in his three home games, resulting in three blowout victories.

Marcus Morris got one back from the line, but the Celtics missed two 3-pointers for a one-point game.



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