Home » Sport

Brad Stevens on defending LeBron James: 'It's a joke'

29 May, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • LeBron James and Jayson Tatum

LeBron logged all 48 minutes on Sunday (after putting in 46 minutes on Friday night) and extended one of the most incredible postseason runs in National Basketball Association history - leading both squads in scoring, rebounds and assists as he reached the Finals for his eighth straight season, ninth for his career.

That was especially true after the Cavs needed seven games and an epic 43-point Game 7 performance by James to beat IN in the first round. But James dropped 46 points on Friday and followed it up with an equally impressive performance on Sunday.

The Cavs were not expected to reach the finals for a fourth straight year but became the first team to win on the road in the Eastern Conference finals series and the first to beat the Celtics at home in the postseason.

James became the 13th athlete in the four major USA professional sports - the NBA, NHL, MLB and National Football League - to make it to eight straight championship series, joining seven Montreal Canadiens players and five former Celtics, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.

Also, Green has something to say about the perception surrounding James's supporting cast.

I have a hard time falling back on the 'Well, Irving and Hayward were out!' excuse when the Celts didn't need either of those two players to jump out to that 2-0 lead, regain a 3-2 series lead, and remain competitive for 40 minutes or so in Game 7.

Tristan Thompson? He took four shots, made them all. "Didn't know if we were going to make trades or not". The Las Vegas over/under on his point total for Game 7 had been 38, the highest of his career and the highest of any player ever in an elimination game.


"I thought it was an outstanding defensive game, and again, he still got 35-15-9", Stevens said. This is a team that made a franchise-changing trade last summer, remade the roster at the trade deadline, finished 29th in defensive rating in the regular season and nearly lost a seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers in the first round. "Does it at this level, with the pressure, with the scrutiny". "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it".

Horford scored 17 and Morris delivered 14 points with 12 rebounds off the bench on a night when Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier were a combined 7-for-32 from the floor for 17 points.

This was the year James' finals streak looked over.

The 6-foot-10 forward started in the place of Kevin Love (concussion) and scored 19 points. Boston led 43-39 at the half.

"I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge said, before joking that "he's a really good-looking guy". Rookie Jayson Tatum led the home team with 24 points, highlighted by a poster dunk on James in the fourth quarter.

"Honestly, I ignore it, because I know what our team is capable of". James would return to the Cavaliers and then take them to their first championship two seasons ago, but it's believed that the two are still not on great terms.

Recommended:

  • Beijing's South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests

    Beijing's South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests

    Logan added that Xi had broken a promise he made to the global community that China would not militarize the Spratly Islands. China has participated twice previously , in 2014 and 2016.
    Jacksonville lands 13th on list for population growth

    Jacksonville lands 13th on list for population growth

    Excluding Seattle, the county grew by just about 15,000 people a year ago , for a growth rate of 1 percent. In Bend's case, the Census Bureau believes Bend has about 9 percent more residents than PSU figured.
    What Macy's Got Right in Q1

    What Macy's Got Right in Q1

    Comparable sales on an owned basis were up 3.9 percent in the first quarter and up 4.2 percent on an owned plus licensed basis. Further, it has been operating in a friendly economy environment, marked by strong consumer sentiment and spending, he said.
  • AAA will tow you home for free this Memorial Day weekend

    AAA will tow you home for free this Memorial Day weekend

    AAA predicts more than a million Michiganders will be on the roads this holiday weekend, and paying a lot more at the pump . It's not our busiest by any means, that continues to be the Thanksgiving and Christmas time-frame", Lenss said.
    Power sprints to 102nd Indianapolis 500 win

    Power sprints to 102nd Indianapolis 500 win

    He has 34 wins in IndyCar now, tying him with Al Unser Jr. for most on the career list. "I was like, "I don't remember this". Please Roger, I've got to come back!" "He will be here next year in one of our cars".
    Madden NFL '19 release date, Hall of Fame cover athlete announced

    Madden NFL '19 release date, Hall of Fame cover athlete announced

    Interestingly, there is no word of story mode returning, which was introduced with last year's installment. This game will focus on "Real Player Motion" technology, custom draft classes, and Ultimate Team.
  • Vettel happy racing alongside Raikonnen at Ferrari

    Vettel happy racing alongside Raikonnen at Ferrari

    Vettel insisted in the build up to tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix that he has no power to veto a Ferrari move for Hamilton. Ricciardo had already smashed the all-time track record repeatedly in practice before qualifying in 1:10.810.
    Aussie grandma sentenced to death for trafficking

    Aussie grandma sentenced to death for trafficking

    She was acquitted after the judge found she was scammed by her online boyfriend and was unaware she was carrying the drugs. The latest decision comes five months after Exposto was acquitted of drug trafficking.
    Armenia's New Leader Pashinyan Meets Putin, Seeks Deeper Military Ties With Russia

    Armenia's New Leader Pashinyan Meets Putin, Seeks Deeper Military Ties With Russia

    Nikol Pashinian, an opposition figure who spearheaded weeks of nationwide protests, was elected by parliament last week. According to the press statement of the Armenian government, the two PMs have agreed to meet in the near future.
  • Michael Cohen's business partner may flip under plea deal

    Michael Cohen's business partner may flip under plea deal

    Freidman's lawyer, Patrick Egan, declined to comment on the Times report . "I disagree and, if I did, I never knew it", he said. Freidman pleaded guilty Tuesday to pocketing $5 million in passenger fees that were supposed to fund public transportation.
    M&S to close 14 Clothing & Home stores by 2019

    M&S to close 14 Clothing & Home stores by 2019

    M&S has launched a series of turnaround plans since the financial crisis - with clothing and home consistently dragging. However, shares in M&S were up 4.5% at 304.90 pence on Wednesday, having hit a high of 311.00p earlier in the session.
    US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

    US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

    Tehran has, CNBC noted, refused to back down, asking the European Union to consider bypassing the American financial system. According to Pompeo, President Trump is willing to negotiate a new deal, but that is not the primary objective.


Popular

Indian police kill 9 anti-pollution protesters, says official
The company has sought to renew the licence of the temporarily non-operational plant and hopes to double its production capacity. Asked whether CRPF is being called in, Nanduri said no such decision has been taken but the situation is still tense.

Mohamed Salah confident of being fit for World Cup
The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated. Taking the blame: Loris Karius has accepted responsibility for Liverpool's defeat by Real Madrid .

Ireland moves forward with abortion law reform after historic vote
Sinn Fein's party leaders from both sides of the border held up a placard at Dublin Castle reading: " The North is next ". Irish people voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing the total abortion ban in the constitution.

After Democrats' concern, Trump officials issue statement on election security
The chairman of the House panel, Devin Nunes, has been extensively criticised for his closeness to the Trump White House. The assessment was also backed by the Senate Intelligence Committee and special counsel Robert Mueller .

The Trump presidency is a win for China
But Trump said on Tuesday that he had agreed to re-examine the matter as a personal favour to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Eric Schweitzer said in a statement Thursday: "We should nearly regard this as a provocation".

A downturn in demand forecasts sends oil prices lower
Chief Executive Officer of Total Patrick Pouyanne has predicted that the price of a barrel of crude will hit $100 later this year. Global inventories of crude and fuel have dropped sharply in recent months owing to robust demand and Opec-led production cuts.

YouTube to launch music streaming service next week
On May 22, YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium launch in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. YouTube plans to charge $2 more for its premium service, as it includes YouTube Music service along with its original shows.

Hamas says most of protesters killed were members
In 1967, before Israel's victory in the Six Day War, 196,000 Jews lived in Jerusalem, compared to only 55,000 Palestinian Muslims. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have also called for an independent probe.

Michigan State Settles Nassar Suit for $500M
Michigan State and legal professionals for 332 victims introduced Wednesday that they've reached a $500 million settlement. Attorney James White said $425 million will be paid now while another $75 million will be held in reserve.

Uber Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Forced Into Arbitration
If this approach survives court challenges, it could limit the potential payout for lawyers and damages that Uber could face. Jeanne Christensen, the attorney representing the women who wrote the letter, says the change caught her by surprise.