Boston Celtics: 5 options to try against LeBron James

39;I've defeated the odds.'

"That just describes him so well", guard Jaylen Brown said after Boston beat Philadelphia 114-112 on Wednesday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. One guy (is) going to have a tough time trying to stop LeBron James.

James has reached the NBA Finals a stunning seven straight times and is favored to reach them an eighth time.

However, both the Celtics and Cavaliers have already overcome great odds and turned in outstanding performances in these playoffs. We'll have to see if that's enough to knock out the Cavs. One of the more versatile defenders in the NBA, Tucker will likely draw a slew of defensive assignments in this series. Not stopping him - nobody does that - but at least putting up a little resistance. His numbers were an average of 24 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The Pacers? They made life rough on the Cavs for second games, as was evident in the almost four turnovers a game James totaled. During the first round, Horford guarded Giannis Antetokounmpo better than anyone expected, and may be asked to defend James if it gets out of hand. When Leonard won his MVP, it was largely due to his ability to "slow down" James and not allow him to just run wild during the entire series. With that said, many question how competitive this series will actually be.

But Morris is as physically equipped to handle James as anyone can be - strong and athletic, with quick feet that belie his height and weight.

These teams have a lot of history.

As much optimism as Morris and the Celtics carrying into Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the shadow of the teams' last meeting - a 121-99 Cavs blowout win on February 11 - still looms.

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SIX days of rest may have energized LeBron "King" James once more, restoring in all probability his venom that was essentially the chief ingredient in Cleveland dismissing in and Toronto in succession in the Cavs' march to the NBA Eastern Finals. Only Zizic remains, as Thomas was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, the same time Crowder was shipped to Utah.

"(You) got smarter with your movements and stuff like that", Brown added. Even when I got to the National Basketball Association that was one of my only goals - to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the National Basketball Association and be remembered - and I think I've done that in my career. Jayson Tatum doesn't look like a rookie anymore, averaging a team-high 18.2 points in the playoffs. They are limiting opponents to 102 points per game, while the Celtics are holding opponents to 102.5 points per game.

Win or lose, it's pretty obvious after watching the Celtics teach the 76ers a lesson that "the progress" trumps "the process". In the first round, Celtics fans taunted Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe with chants of "Who Is Bledsoe?" after he unwisely made a comment about Celtics playoff phenom Terry Rozier. And the future looks even better. Maybe an upset let by Tatum, Brown and Rozier.

Sure, James could stay in Cleveland this offseason due to what ESPN called a lack of "great situations".

The speculation about LeBron's upcoming free agency has been going strong for more than a year now, with a number of reports claiming that he wants to move to Los Angeles, where he has an offseason home.

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