The Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers begins tomorrow with Game 1 taking place at the TD Garden in Boston. He's averaging 34.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
James, 33, signs a one-year contract every summer to ensure he pockets as much cash as possible.
Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played in more consecutive Finals than James, who said he hasn't reflected on the possibility of admission to their group. Brad Stevens has led them to the playoffs for four straight seasons, beginning with a shocking 40-win campaign in 2014-15 where they faced -- you guessed it -- James in the first round. Even when I got to the National Basketball Association that was one of my only goals - to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the National Basketball Association and be remembered - and I think I've done that in my career.
Early in his career, James saw the Celtics as a postseason exit ramp.
And yet, starting shooting guard Kyle Korver thinks the Boston Celtics represent an even bigger challenge for Cleveland's surging offense.
Tatum is the second rookie this post-season to notch seven straight 20-plus point play-off games. Let's take a look at some good sportsbook betting options for Game 1 of this postseason series.
Tatum averaged 14 points on 48 percent shooting, 5 rebounds and almost 2 assists during the regular season, becoming one of the main players in a Celtics team that finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 55 wins.
Even though the Celtics have only missed the playoffs one time under Stevens, they've drafted at the top of the first-round for the last two years, thanks to the surplus of lottery picks they received from the Nets for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2013. Brown knows it's no longer time for the 76ers to mess around. "[He is] 250-plus pounds, can run like a gazelle - physically he's just unstoppable". Athletic. He's physical. He's just unstoppable. "But we just gotta be mentally locked in and have the mindset to come in and try to do it the best we can".
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Houston's James Harden seems like the probable victor of the NBA's MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James. He's going to do what he does. "We know that we need a lot of guys at that position to have to throw at a player like LeBron".
BOSTON - We join this stop on the NBA Golden Oldies Reunion Tour, in progress. In the first round, Celtics fans taunted Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe with chants of "Who Is Bledsoe?" after he unwisely made a comment about Celtics playoff phenom Terry Rozier.
But before one of those teams can enter the picture comes another shot at James and the throne. They've got a lot of great young talent. They're ready to get behind their team.
Now that Jaylen Brown is healthy, I think he will get an opportunity to defend LeBron.
"Every time we come to the play-offs he has that edge", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. The Warriors have had the upper hand, with two championships to one, and six victories to two in the regular season games since 2015. But a strong offensive showing from Tatum gives the Celtics at least some semblance of a counter against James's shooting theatrics.
"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 practice yesterday. "It's a sports town, you look at the Patriots, you look at the Bruins, you look at the Red Sox".
Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend.