Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: On LeBron James' fadeaway, Boston Celtics' resurgence - Bill Livingston

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Troy Mann | 13 May, 2018, 01:03

Nonetheless, Brad Stevens will need to concoct a plan to defend LeBron James, which is something he's probably been thinking about since the Cavs ended the Celtics' season in five games during last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

One thing James truly doesn't agree with, however, is the narrative surrounding how the Celtics have played without Hayward.

"I've been watching Terry since he was a freshman in high school", James said.

"You've got everybody counting us out, but we knew from the beginning we've got each other", Celtics guard Terry Rozier told reporters. "Just staying in attack mode, miss or make on the offensive end, making the right decision playing hard and then on both ends on the glass just trying to clean up as best I can".

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. Sixers had a 4 point lead with 90 seconds left and allowed the Celtics to tie the game.

A report by Yahoo Sports claims one Celtics player said, "At least man up" as they discussed Embiid's defeat. You look at the Red Sox. "You work all season to earn the trust of your teammates and coaching staff for moments like this, whether it's finding Al on the lob or a layup". "I think our guys have done a good job doing that".

Of course, Boston will not have either Irving (knee) or Gordon Hayward (ankle/tibia) available. "With as much respect as we have for IN, obviously, they took us to seven, I think defensively Boston is elite". "Obviously, you know what I've said about Brad Stevens before and his ability to get the most out of his guys, how great they are out of timeouts, late-clock situations as well no matter who is on the floor or no matter who has played for them, he can put guys in position to succeed and get the most out of whoever has been in their lineup over the past few years, it's not just this year". I have to think that coach Stevens will come up with a better solution, especially given the way he guarded Ben Simmons.

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In 60 years of observing Boston Celtics basketball as a fan and Salem News sportswriter, I rank this overachieving group the most lovable bunch of Celtics ever. What I like about the Warriors options is that they can rotate a lot of different players onto Harden and Paul so there's always a fresh defender.

That's something Boston can exploit because this is not a team where the defense can just target one guy (Victor Oladipo) or even two (Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan).

The Celtics have home-court advantage again, but the Cavs are the prohibitive favorites to win the East. Cleveland is a 1.5-point favorite in Game 1, according to OddsShark, and the over/under is 204. I get it with the Kyrie thing. It is indefensible because of James' size and strength.The fadeaway is not the ultimate weapon that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook became, but that was a function of Kareem's height and wingspan, along with his skill and grace.The fadeaway takes the separation between shooter and stopper created by a step-back jump shot and supersizes it.

"I hate it", coach Tyronn Lue said. "They've got a couple". "He's a special player, and we all know that". "He's gotten better and better". "You're not going to stop him".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half at Staples Center. Where would the Cavs be without James and Love? "He's Boston's safety net".

Those are just a sampling of the current-day Celtics that James and the Cavs will have to contend with to put his name closer to those Celtics legends in the Garden rafters.

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