Irving has since ended his first season with the Celtics averaging 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He also averages 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists. (Game 1 is Sunday at TD Garden.) Interestingly, in the picture Tatum tweeted at King James in 2012, he's wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey - not a LeBron jersey.
The Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 on Wednesday night to seal passage to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will now meet the Cavaliers. The Celtics don't have anyone healthy who can play at the caliber of DeRozan or Indiana's Victor Oladipo.
Late last spring, I sat with another player ahead of LeBron on that list of all-time great postseasons: number six, Bob McAdoo, whose 37.4 points a game for the Buffalo Braves only got them one series that year, a seven-game loss to Washington.
It's hard to explain what is different with this season's LeBron, but I have never seen him this comfortable with himself.
It looks like his matchup with IN is going to be his toughest of his run to the Finals, unless Boston can pull some unforeseen magic out of nowhere.
'Whatever LeBron needs, we'll get it done! After nailing the final shot versus the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, James now has the most game-winning shots in National Basketball Association playoff history. Not the ideal analogy, but LeBron James doesn't seem to be slowing down when National Basketball Association players are usually past their prime and begin to decline in their 30's.
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James and Simmons share an agent - James' lifelong friend Rich Paul - and Simmons has emerged as one of the league's most promising young players, already an elite distributor as a point guard in his rookie season.
Boston's standout rookie Jayson Tatum gave his honest reply: "It is my first year".
LeBron now has five buzzer-beaters in his postseason career, giving him two more than Michael Jordan.
While his need to be the focal point is understandable, Griffin believes both him and James could have co-existed together much like Jordan and Pippen did for the Chicago Bulls. IN showed it could gouge Cleveland in more ways than one, and that series went seven games. He's gone over 40 points in four out of 11 games.
I'm not going to sit here and say the Boston is going to sweep Cleveland.