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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Both Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, advanced into the second round, did not advance to the third. Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China and Hamilton triumphed in Azerbaijan.

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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