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Marcus Morris Knows he can Defend LeBron James

14 May, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Rachael Silva
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LeBron James is on the verge of reaching the NBA Finals for an eighth consecutive season, but his Cleveland Cavaliers face a familiar and formidable obstacle in the Boston Celtics. Love especially enjoyed a significant turnaround outside of a rough Game 1 against the Raptors, going for 21 or more points in the last three games of the series. That Celtics team eventually turned into the Brooklyn Nets, and also got beaten up badly by James and the Heat in a short-term attempted which has damaged the franchise for the long term.

The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals. But, with the Cavs former superstar point guard in street clothes on the Celtics bench, this series becomes much more interesting.

LeBron's dominance, paired with Kevin Love's current form after averaging 20.5 points in the series against the Raptors, will surely make life hard for the Boston Celtics, who will be looking to qualify for their first NBA Finals since 2010. And if the Celtics want to claim one of the most improbable Finals berths in history, he's the player they'll need to silence. "It's nothing against the defense or sometimes you're not tall enough to block his shot or things like that". "Whenever I coached, I wanted my team playing the best at the end of the year".

"We've got to try to make it as tough as we can". And now when he gets rotated onto everyone from James to Kyle Korver, it will be as one of the best young defenders in the National Basketball Association. "We've just got to show our energy and length". The 14-year vet was outstanding on both ends against the Raptors - notching 20 points in the opener and finishing with 15 points in both Games 2 and 4 - going a flawless 6-of-6 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from deep, in the series finale.

"You've got everybody counting us out, but we knew from the beginning we've got each other", Celtics guard Terry Rozier told reporters.

"We know where the head of the snake is", said Celtics centre Aron Baynes. Getting stronger as he diligently pursues another NBA Finals run, he has a near triple-double average of 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists. Lebron has played in so many Game Sevens, finals, etc.

As James has reiterated the past few months, experience is the game's best teacher.

And in their mind, that means doing the seemingly unthinkable - eliminating LeBron James and the Cavs. It has been a very improbable run with the biggest challenge yet to come. In the debate between focusing on LeBron or everyone else, put me on Team Everyone Else.

The forward is also a long-time nemesis of the Celtics, averaging 24.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists against the Celtics, with Cleveland winning two of their three regular-season meetings.

"They just figured out a way to play without him", Stevens said. "I'm sure he'll talk to our players individually".

Morris could be tasked with defending James more than any other Boston player, although the Celtics have hinted they will send a variety of bodies James' way. "Any little thing that he's been giving us has definitely been helping".

Forgrave believes that while the Warriors regular season campaign went up and down because of injuries to their stalwarts, they look fine in the playoffs and if they feel this way in the finals, "they're close to unbeatable".

"A lot of new pieces and a lot of guys didn't know who we were", Korver said.


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