Key: Heavy Reign
LeBron James has often talked about how much he loves playing on the road in the postseason – hunkering down with his squad and feeding off the crowd’s negativity. Well, they don’t bring “negativity” any better than Boston, where they’ve tangled with the King for a decade-and-a-half.
LeBron comes to town well-rested and on a roll – steamrolling Cleveland’s two previous foes in historic fashion. Through the first eight games, James has scored at least 30 points in seven of them, including a 41-point outing in Game 3 against Indy. He leads the Cavaliers at 34.4 points per, shooting .557 from the floor, .468 from deep, to go with 9.0 boards, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals.
Against Toronto, the four-time MVP became the first player in NBA history to score at least 35 points in every game of a four-game sweep.
Of course, LeBron has always found a way to torment the Celtics, both in the regular season and playoffs – although Boston is the last team to prevent James from reaching the NBA Finals way back in 2010. LeBron was right on schedule against the C’s this season, averaging 29.3 points on 54 percent shooting, adding 9.5 boards and 9.8 assists per – doubling up in each contest and tallying a triple-double in Cleveland’s March 1 loss in Boston.
When he suits up for his 20th career postseason contest against Boston on Wednesday night, the Celtics will hope Jae Crowder – who had a solid series against Washington – can slow him down just enough.