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The Boston Celtics are perfectly content with the familiar role of underdog heading into the Eastern Conference finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland took care of Boston in five games previous year, going 3-0 at TD Garden.

"That's a big key for the Celtics, making threes", said Nelson.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - There haven't been any championship banners hoisted into Boston's hallowed rafters since 2008. One guy (is) going to have a tough time trying to stop LeBron James.

The Cavaliers clinched their spot in the Eastern Conference Finals with the four-game sweep over the Raptors in the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, while the Celtics, despite being injury-ravaged for the entire season, earned their way back to the third round with a 4-1 series win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Home-court advantage is generally a major factor in the National Basketball Association playoffs, but James and Co. have demonstrated repeatedly that they can win without it - something they did last year against the Celtics, and in their most recent series this year against the top-seeded Raptors. No one was helped more by Thursday's off day than the Celtics swingman.

The history between James and the Celtics is more than enough to make things interesting. I think both teams will be doing a lot of switching on defense due to their players' versatility. "We can go through the stat line all you want, but when your season's on the line and you need to do really hard things, he can do really hard things".

Asked if James has the ability to break teams with his talents, Morris said he wouldn't allow that to happen to him.

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Boston has become a preferred spring destination for James.

Good luck to all of them, since James has been rolling, averaging 34.3 points on 55 percent shooting, 9.4 rebounds and nine assists in 11 playoff games so far. Cleveland and Boston don't tip off the Eastern Conference finals until Sunday, and the Warriors and Rockets start their West title series on Monday.

After two impressive series victories against the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, Boston rides into the conference frinals with as much momentum as any of the four teams left. Throughout the postseason this year, he nearly has a triple-double average, as he averages 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and nine assists per game. During the regular season, only Jaylen Brown logged more matchups (56) than Morris (55) against James, according to Second Spectrum data. "[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". James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. He's going to do what he does. "Obviously guys been going down all year and it's like you never know who's going to down".

Boston's notorious crowd is known for rattling opposing players.

"One of the rowdy environments", Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said. That's why these athletes are as great as they are. They're ready to get behind their team.

That's cold, man. Let them recover. "It's a great place to play, especially in the playoffs".

James wouldn't narrow down who the Celtics' "head of the snake" is. You look at the Patriots. "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. It's a reality that you wouldn't suspect after listening to Morris after practice Saturday afternoon.


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