Schmeelk: This Could Be Year Cavaliers, Warriors Finally Fall In Conference Finals

  • Schmeelk: This Could Be Year Cavaliers, Warriors Finally Fall In Conference Finals

Schmeelk: This Could Be Year Cavaliers, Warriors Finally Fall In Conference Finals

Players like Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris could be asked to guard James, but if neither option works, Brown may be put to the task of defending arguably the most dominant player in the league.

This series should be a ton of fun and luckily no games will be starting at 9PM so everyone should be able to stay up late enough to watch.

For the first time in his career, James played all 82 games.

"One person can't defend LeBron, that's obvious", Morris said. "Circumstances are a little different now". He does have some experience in the conference finals, but he is currently in a much different role now. In 2011, the Heat beat the Celtics 4-1 in the conference semi final, which included Rajon Rondo injured by Dwyane Wade in a momentum-turning moment. But both sides looked strong in the previous round and are ready to battle.

Despite the countless rumors and reports throughout the season that seem to point to his desire to play elsewhere in the 2018-19 season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the odds leaders to sign the four-time MVP.

Offensively, nearly anything would be better than what Morris has provided up to this point.

James has averaged 30.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists while going 8-9 on Boston parquets hardwood.

Smart has been at the heart of similar comebacks this season - most notably with his two drawn offensive fouls on Houston's James Harden in the final minute of Boston's 26-point comeback win on December 28, and the rally from down 22 against the 76ers in Game 2, the likes of which Smart said "you only see in movies". He enters the series with the highest 3-point percentage in the Playoffs among remaining players (minimum 10 attempts) with a mark of 47.4 percent. "But certainly, we'll pick Kyrie's brain on guys like him and everyone else around him". "My thing is just cut down the easy baskets". But we'll pay you $12 (million).' My question to them was will Marcus Smart take it because they're contending, he's a cult hero in town.

With the Eastern Conference Finals just days away, Las Vegas is already looking towards the offseason, more specifically, the betting odds regarding where LeBron James will decide to sign once he becomes a free agent this summer. "I think it's been designed that way so guys can just develop and learn as they go", Horford said. He looked very confident. The Celtics are thin in their front court as is, and getting out-rebounded by the Cavaliers will not be ideal in this upcoming series. "And there was no help". "I don't see that".

"I've never really been at a point where anybody's ever broken me with shots or anything like that", Morris says before delivering one final dagger to the Raptors. "I think our guys have done a good job doing that". It both cleared cap space for Boston to sign Gordon Hayward and gave Boston another versatile defender to throw at James. That's LeBron. But we've got to try and make it as tough as we can.

Those who back Jordan point to his six championships, spotless Finals record and unmatched peak as the key reasons why no one can even come close to challenging his status as the greatest of all time.

However, things are a lot different on the court for the four-time MVP victor when he is marked by one certain Celtics star, and it will be interesting to see if Boston's head coach Brad Stevens utilizes him in this way.

Stevens, meanwhile, enters the Eastern Finals with a 19-21 record, but he is widely perceived as one of the - if not the - best coach in the National Basketball Association. Against a guy like LeBron, it's the team.

After telling reporters in Boston that he has the "perfect size" to guard James, he followed it up with a more definitive proclamation: he's one of the two best matchups against LeBron James, with the other being Kawhi Leonard.