C's Vs Cavs: Who Defends LeBron?

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Can the play of the young C's continue?

While Game 1 most certainly won't be the end-all for the Cavaliers or the Celtics, it will gauge much of this series.

This is a rematch of last year's conference finals.

"I relish the opportunity to be able to play the game that I love and be able to compete at the highest level", James said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have qualified for their fourth consecutive Conference Finals after sweeping the No 1 seeded Toronto Raptors, in the Conference Semi finals.

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LeBron James is attempting to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals.

James' presence alone gives Cleveland a massive advantage.

The Cleveland Cavaliers regular season was rife with losing streaks (including eight straight nationally-televised games), injuries, and in-fighting that spilled into the media. Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum has scored at least 20 points in seven straight playoff games, tied for the second-longest streak by a rookie in National Basketball Association history (along with Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell).

The trio, along with steady forces Al Horford and Marcus Smart - all utilised by the coaching of Brad Stevens - have propelled Boston past all expectations and given them a shot to inexplicably reach the Finals in what was assumed to be a lost season. However, the 41-year old received zero vote for the National Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year Award, which went to the Raptors' now-ex coach Dwane Casey. In fact, the trade of the number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins in exchange for double double specialist Kevin Love back in 2014 set a precedent of how much the multiple National Basketball Association champion values proven commodities over budding talent. Casey is now unemployed. James is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9 assists this year in the playoffs. 20-year-old Tatum is averaging 18.8 points per game in the playoffs, up from 13.9 during the regular season. Rozier is the latest example of a player drafted outside of the Lottery by Danny Ainge who is likely to enjoy a long National Basketball Association career. This season's 3rd overall pick just needs to score at least 20 in the next 4 contests to break the rookie record set by Lew Alcindor in 1970.

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