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3 lessons Boston Celtics can learn from Pacers to dethrone LeBron James

12 Mai 2018

The 2018 Eastern Conference Finals will likely add to that.

An offseason overhaul left Boston with only four returning players from last season's run. The main event, however, begins on Monday night.

In a timeframe that has often already swallowed up most first-time National Basketball Association coaches, he's managed to endear himself to a championship-driven city by helping Boston make an improbable run back to the Eastern Conference finals.

"With this group, we have more depth in [the perimeter] positions, suited more to guard LeBron", said Horford, who was part of last year's team that lost to the Cavaliers in five games.

While Stevens deserves credit in James' eyes, focusing too much on the absences of Irving and Hayward means Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and the rest of the Celtics don't get their proper due.

James is already the NBA's all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played.

It was a simple strategy that Coach of the Year Dwane Casey - whom the Toronto Raptors fired Friday - could find no answer for.

Morris' success against James continued into the 2016 postseason, as he helped the Detroit Pistons limit the All-NBA forward to just 22.8 PPG during the first round - his lowest scoring average in a series since the 2011 NBA Finals. Definitely, but it isn't finally proof that Stevens is a good coach or a coming-out moment for him. In Detroit, the defensive whiz upped his point average to 15 points, but played only 40 games before being dealt to the LA Clippers, where he played just six games before a sports hernia curtailed his season. Constantly involving him on pick and rolls, and forcing him to chase after quicker players are the best methods to attack James on defense.

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Philadelphia's star rookie Ben Simmons took a major step backward in this series against the Celtics.

Meanwhile, the NBA's officials report into the Celtics' Game 5 victory has confirmed the Sixers were hard done by when Embiid was not awarded a foul when Baynes reached across him. They have been long shots this year ever since Hayward went down in the opening game of the regular season last October in Cleveland. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be. Andre Igoudala does all the dirty work.

In addition to the pick, James future, per Windhorst, also relies on the Cavs having hte best situation possible among all other teams interested in him. Here's the thing: Those three players scored 390 of the Cavs' 602 points in the series. "So they all (made) light of it". However, Irving is still on the Boston roster and Tyronn Lue still doesn't like to see Kyrie on a different team. Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela, and Luc Mbah A Moute are all good versatile defenders that can defend one on one, switch screens and hit the open three.

A year ago, the Celtics were the top seed in the East, while the Cavs were No. 2 and still had Kyrie Irving wearing No. 2. At this point, I'd rather go down with the ship and ask for mercy from Boston later.

In the West, the Houston Rockets are plus 185 underdogs to the Golden State Warriors (minus 230). These teams are juggernauts. He's always going to be there for me to talk to, whether it's something I can get better at, something I can see, things like that. You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA, and even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals: to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered, and I think I've done that in my career.

Here's what you need to know about these teams going into the Eastern Conference Finals. I want to beat him.

3 lessons Boston Celtics can learn from Pacers to dethrone LeBron James