Celtics star calls out LeBron before Game 1 Video

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Boston has shown they can make it nearly impossible for young superstars to outscore them and the veteran, LeBron James, has shown that he can destroy nearly anything in his path. "That's how I was raised", he said. "But I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals, and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if I'm able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don't take that for granted".

"Obviously, if LeBron wants to come back, you're going to get the greatest player of this generation".

James has been on a tear so far in these playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was right in thinking he was fouled with 14.6 seconds left in his team's season-ending playoff loss to the Boston Celtics, the National Basketball Association confirmed Thursday.

James has been superb in the postseason with averages of 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 rebounds, and the Celtics know stopping him completely is highly unlikely. They were physical and they got us ready.

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Just the history, you look up in the rafters, and you see all the greats that's either played there or the previous arena they played in. It's just a sports town. They also have added Hill and Jeff Green. (Boston's other mega-star, Gordon Hayward, missed all but the first six minutes of the regular season after breaking his ankle during the season-opener against the Cavs.) In Game 4, Philadelphia opened as a 6-point favorite despite trailing the series 3-0.

"I believe in my teammates so as everyone was burying my teammates alive throughout that first-round series, I just continued to tell them, 'Listen, we can't win without each and every one doing their jobs and being as great as they can be", James said.

"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 Friday's practice of what's involved in guarding LeBron James. "I'm a little older, a little bit more experienced".

A lot of people are saying, 'How can they succeed like this without Gordon Hayward?' I've heard that.

In the regular season, they split their first two encounters before Cleveland made it 2-1 with a 121-99 victory in Boston on February 11. He's not even like been on the team.

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The report also confirmed officials missed a travelling violation on Celtics guard Marcus Smart with 1.5 seconds remaining when he intercepted Ben Simmons' desperation full-court pass from the opposite baseline. "They've got a couple".

The Celtics have an entire cast of characters to throw at James. However, this time around, Tatum will be potentially be matched up against players like Jeff Green, James, and even potentially J.R Smith who has shown flashes of strong defensive play during the team's previous series against the Raptors.

The key to that domination was Toronto had few options for guarding James, and none of them were effective.

"He was a confident kid then when I watched him at Shaker". "He's gotten better and better". "We lean on him a lot".

It's the third consecutive season that James and his Cavaliers have eliminated Toronto from the playoffs.

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Tatum is the second rookie this post-season to notch seven straight 20-plus point play-off games.

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