Teammate Tristan Thompson obliged, setting a screen that resulted in King James going one-on-one with Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics' newly knighted folk hero after his Game 7 heroics against the Washington Wizards on Monday. Brad Stevens had just finished his first season as a head coach. And the way James is going we might not have an answer for the next five years either.
The Cleveland Cavaliers opened the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston on Wednesday with another resounding victory, scoring 61 points in the first half, leading by 22 points after two quarters before coasting to a 117-104 win over the Celtics. Plus, it's their home court - an advantage the Celtics must definitely explore.
Well, it certainly reminded some Twitter users of Michael Jordan's game-winning dunk in "Space Jam".
Cleveland swept past IN and Toronto IN the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best IN National Basketball Association history, with another road triumph. Bautista's act with the bat is getting old, and he should be more concerned with his team's overall fortunes than his own theatrics at this point. "I think he brings a lot of athleticism to our team, and we're going to use it against these guys". "You can't start the game off lax or shooting a bunch of jump shots".
James was not the only player to impress for Cleveland. At age 32, James is coasting through the playoffs with inhuman averages of 34.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks on 56% shooting and 43% from downtown. He did break a sweat, but one could be convinced otherwise.
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With last night's sensational victory, I felt it'd be appropriate to just list out all of the most ridiculous LeBron James playoff statistics. "He laced up his shoes just like I laced mine up". It was the best game of the 2016-17 playoffs so far for Love, who scored 12 points in four games against Toronto in the second round and score in double digits just twice. LeBron Raymone James, born December 30, 1984, is a destroyer of Eastern Conference playoff wills. Unfortunately, he suffered a leg injury before in his first game with the Cavaliers.
But maybe Stevens, after watching the Cavaliers run rings around his lesser athletes on both ends of the floor, should gamble on an unleashing of Brown.
Against the Celtics on Wednesday, James got to the basket at will. Jae Crowder is a 6-foot-6, 235-lb, legitimately good perimeter defender.
The Celtics showed some fight and made a late push to make the game respectable. He has resisted giving Brown too much too fast, though, limiting him to 19 minutes or fewer in 41 of the 78 games Brown played. Once we started helping and over-helping a little bit, Love goes nuts in the third quarter. But until the Cavs actually lose a game, it isn't wise to pick against them.
With the score still out of hand early in the fourth quarter, LeBron James decided it was time to put Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on a poster.
On this night, none of the Celtics did. The Celtics have to go into survival mode against a Cleveland team that has them outmatched, particularly in terms of athleticism. James scored 25 in a flawless first half, and the Celtics made just enough shots to force him to continue mauling them on both ends of the floor in the second.