Morris on guarding LeBron: 'I'm the best defending him, other than Kawhi'

39;I've defeated the odds.'

The Celtics will naturally focus on James, who is averaging 34.3 points a game in the playoffs, but guard George Hill is another part of the team's success. Lebron has played in so many Game Sevens, finals, etc.

"I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league", James told reporters during his Friday media availability.

The numbers this season don't really back up Morris' claim.

Morris had been asked about defending James during his only other playoff foray, with the Detroit Pistons during the 2015-16 season. He can stay in front of James, and he can absorb the hefty blow James can administer with his shoulder in the post. "The difference is that LeBron is shooting right now at a ridiculous rate on long twos and on threes", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

"I don't know", said Stevens. Danny Ainge has done a good job of getting guys in that fit that mold of Celtics basketball and they've been playing well.

And even Morris will happily admit he can't do it alone.

"It was definitely a good time", said Morris. "It's a team effort".

There was also the season opener, when the Celtics put up a fight after Gordon Hayward's broken ankle but could never quite recover from the shock of the moment.


That's a big advantage. It was my first time being in the playoffs, being able to go against one of the best players in the league, if not the best.

That doesn't make it impossible, though, as their execution throughout the 48 minutes will be key to what many would consider an upset.

I mean, look at that photo above again, though. And there was no help. He's always going to be there for me to talk to, whether it's something I can get better at, something I can see, things like that. "I think that's something different we'll bring to the table".

The "Big 3" Boston team featuring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen ousted him and the Cavs in 2008 and 2010, the latter series ending with James famously storming off the floor and pulling off his jersey to foreshadow his free-agent departure later that summer for South Beach. The Celtics just dominated a 76ers squad that's more talented at both ends than the Cavs and was actually a lot of people's pick to win the East. S--, I think IN did a great job against Cleveland IN that [first-round] series. We have our rotations, who we want to play. "[James] looked very confident". The Celtics' roster lacks the depth necessary to advance past James and the Cavaliers. That has been sharpened and hardened over the years, facing vicious opposing crowds (many of which were in Boston).

While Celtics fans surely are hoping the tenacious guard would be open to a hometown discount in order to stay in Boston, don't expect the 24-year-old to be keen on the idea. With Kyrie Irving now a member of the Celtics, James took on an even bigger role on offense.

But the Cavaliers will have LeBron James, and that's nearly always enough. This time around, the Raptors were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and had the claim of being one of the best overall teams the franchise has ever fielded. "So they really wanted me here, and not only because of that, just the toughness and things like that".

To name one player, Tristan Thompson could have a major impact on the outcome of this series.

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