NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens' Focus All on LeBron James
The 2017 NBA Playoffs continue to be an easy path for the Cleveland Cavaliers who recently destroyed the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a total team effort, however, most of Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' attention was on one man and that was LeBron James.
In the postgame press conference, Stevens said he was already "impressed" with James' game before. Now, he is just in awe of how Cleveland's superstar improved through the years.
"I just said in the coaches' meeting right before we left: It's hard to believe, but he's better than when I got into the league. A lot better. Just as you get older, you gain more experiences, you see more things. I didn't think he could get any better after that, but he is. He's a good player. Great player," Stevens said according to ESPN.
In the series opener, James led Cleveland with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. He was unstoppable, especially when he attacked the rim. According to ESPN's report, he scored 26 points in the paint which is his career-best in the playoffs. Because of his dominance, Stevens also stated that they might be forced to double-team, which he called "scary" when facing the Cavaliers.
Forward Jae Crowder, who is one of the players tasked to defend James, also spoke about what Boston should do to slow him down. In a report by FOX Sports, Crowder said it involves every player on the floor for the Celtics.
"It has to be a five-man effort; it's not one guy who can really do that. But at the same time you have to do a good job of showing it early," Crowder explained.
So far in this year's NBA Playoffs, Cleveland is undefeated. The Cavaliers swept both the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics are aiming to stain their immaculate record and take one game before the series leaves Boston for Games 3 and 4.
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