Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

The defending champion Cavali. He hustled, but last night he ended up with a double double and made some big shots.

His 26 points were the most by any bench player in a Game Seven since Leandro Barbosa scored 26 points for the Phoenix Suns in a 2006 play-off game against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN.

After waiting more than a week for an opponent, the Cavs have their latest challenger.

The Wizards will not be the team that ends the Celtics season.

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They renew their quest for a third straight Eastern Conference championship on May 17 when they face the Celtics in Boston in Game 1 of the conference finals. The Celtics' D has flummoxed teams in the past, and an abundance of looks over the course of a best-of-seven series could make life extremely hard for Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's bunch. "We're just going to take care of business as we go".

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"I'm not sure. I'm really not sure", he said. Few experts and fans (outside of some die-hard C's supporters) are giving Boston any chance whatsoever against Cleveland, though. And the Celtics come away with the victory won fifteen to 105 of the over the Washington Wizards. "You respect what the history has created at that point".

So will the King of the Eastern Conference have his way with the Celtics, led by the King of the Fourth?

"That's where LeBron is so good", Stevens said.

"You know what, LeBron's doing one thing that I always said that Michael Jordan never did", NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman told CBS Sports' Bill Reiter.

No question the Cavaliers are a good, maybe even great team.

The Cavaliers' home-court advantage in the playoffs ended with the four-game destruction of the Toronto Raptors. "I've seen them play before".

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"I don't want to get into it, but I like Shump", Lue said. At halftime. But I thought it was two key players.

"I think [there's] enough people out there who were against us in both series", Crowder, fourth among Celtics with 13.2 points per contest in the playoffs, continued. The last time he lost before the Finals was in 2010 to the Celtics, who eliminated James in six games in the conference semifinals.

"We feel like we like our chances against anybody, no matter (who) is on the court", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said Tuesday night after a 136-100 victory over the Spurs, who played without injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

"I don't regret anything because I felt like, yeah, they beat me the last couple years when I was in Atlanta, but with our teams we felt like we gave them all we had and we just couldn't get over the hump", Horford said.

"We know it's going to be tough, but at this point, anything can happen".

The Garden has been a welcomed sanctuary for Boston this postseason, having gone 30-11 at home during the regular season. "Again, collectively, when we talk about defense, it's not usually a one-man pony, it's collectively, and they've just got to improve as a team". Isaiah Thomas hit his big shots everybody is accustomed to seeing, and role players Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, and rookie Jaylen Brown stepped it up in major ways.

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