Celtics embrace underdog role against Cavaliers

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All of that makes the Celtics - who have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals again on the strength of their defense and smart team play - look all the more risky.

"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.

Meanwhile, fellow guard Jaylen Brown has revealed that he's "I'm super excited" about taking on LeBron and the Cavaliers in the conference finals. In the past, he has had some of the biggest moments of his career against the Celtics.

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LeBron averaged 34 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists against the Pacers.

"Cavaliers Edition" rejuvenated LeBron James and the rest of Cleveland, which won 50 regular-season games and advanced to its fourth consecutive appearance in the conference finals with a sweep of the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, a franchise James has tormented in his return to the Cavs. "No matter how good you're playing or how bad you're playing, they're going to ride with you". It's just a sports town. "So why not the guy that's been in the finals the last X amount of years", DeRozan said. They have been long shots this year ever since Hayward went down in the opening game of the regular season last October in Cleveland.

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

The odds-defying Celtics, guided by coach Brad Stevens and prospering without injured All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, versus the Cavs, who despite a massive roster makeover in February are rolling as LeBron James enhances his legend.

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"I think it has been a little bit overblown this year because of the names that has been out". He can put guys in position to succeed and get the most out of whoever has been in their lineup over the past few years, it's not just this year.

Thomas' emotionally powered engine ran the Celtics to the conference finals, only for him to ultimately fall to injury after game two.

Toronto had played a lung-busting 14 games in 2016 before they finally met the Cavs, who'd had eight days between series to rest and rehabilitate. Even with their star power, the Warriors play team basketball and move the ball better than any team in the league. 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. Who would have believed Aron Baynes would develop into an impactful three-point shooter and, in a critical defensive sequence Wednesday night with just seconds remaining, held his ground and prevented Joel Embiid from scoring down low (aided no less by swallowed referees' whistles)?

"That crowd is unbelievable", Lue said. "They've got a couple". Simmons infamous "one" point game brought down his point average greatly.

Rozier, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been on James' radar since the Celtics guard was in high school. "And he's a confident player now, so I'm not surprised", James said.

"Gotta go through the best to get to that trophy, every step of the way we're going to come across somebody".

He continued: "There will be no conversations with LeBron James about what to do with the draft pick and 'hey LeBron, what about your option for an extra year on the 29th?"

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