Marcus Morris backs up his word, limits LeBron James in Game 1

Marcus Morris backs up his word, limits LeBron James in Game 1

Marcus Morris had been waiting for his opportunity to face LeBron James in the postseason all season long. It was one of the strongest talking points heading into the regular season. Morris, who was traded from the Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley last summer, joined a Celtics team that was looking for him to fill a defensive void. He entered the season with high defensive numbers against James throughout the 2015-16 season — higher than any other player in…

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LeBron James not playing defense after ugly jumper epitomized Game 1

LeBron James not playing defense after ugly jumper epitomized Game 1

The Celtics blew out the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday with stifling defense on LeBron James and hustle. A sequence of plays in the first quarter that began with Al Horford forcing James into an ugly baseline jumper and ended with Jaylen Brown coasting to the rim symbolized Boston’s dominance. James was held in check all afternoon, checking in at minus-32 for the game. Marcus Morris backed up his trash-talk, but got lots of help from…

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It is so strange that reporters applauded LeBron James for answering a question

It is so strange that reporters applauded LeBron James for answering a question

There were several astonishing sights at the T.D. Garden Sunday: the Celtics demolishing the Cavaliers from the opening whistle, Marcus Morris backing up his trash-talk. But the strangest moment came at the postgame podium, where LeBron James was applauded for describing a sequence of plays that he had just witnessed first-hand.  The Celtics clinched their 108-83 blowout victory with a 7-0 run that opened the fourth quarter. James, who was on the floor for all of those 52 seconds, recited…

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Celtics 108, Cavs 83: LeBron was a joke, the C's were anything but

Celtics 108, Cavs 83: LeBron was a joke, the C's were anything but

Let’s go back to what Brad Stevens said about mental toughness Saturday. “First of all, I think mental toughness, being able to move on to the next play, being able to do the next right thing that can grow within somebody, for sure,” the Celtics coach said. “If I look at myself as a 20-year-old player there’s no way I would have had the mental fortitude after 20 years of coaching. I think players get better at that all the time….

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Marcus Morris is already talking a good game when it comes to guarding LeBron James

Marcus Morris is already talking a good game when it comes to guarding LeBron James

WALTHAM — If nothing else, you have to like Marcus Morris’ confidence. Sure, the Celtics forward didn’t exactly shut down LeBron James when going up against the NBA’s best player when matched up this season — giving up 24 points on 8-for-16 and just one turnover in 55 head-to-head matchups according to Second Spectrum and ESPN.com. It’s a reality that you wouldn’t suspect after listening to Morris after practice Saturday afternoon. “Personally, I think I’m probably the best guy defending him in the…

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Celtics notes: Brad Stevens offers awesome definition of mental toughness

Celtics notes: Brad Stevens offers awesome definition of mental toughness

WALTHAM — When you lose your two best players and still land in the Eastern Conference, there would seem to be some element of mental toughness that made it happen. That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the Celtics. But on the afternoon prior to his team taking on the Cavaliers in the best-of-seven series, Celts coach Brad Stevens clarified how he viewed the quality in question (and it wasn’t the explanation many might have been…

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Remember, Celtics helped pave way for LeBron James to return to Cleveland

Remember, Celtics helped pave way for LeBron James to return to Cleveland

The Celtics are gearing up for the futile task of trying to stop LeBron James. They have themselves to blame for this misfortune, and would almost certainly do it again.  It’s hard to remember now, but just four years ago, the Celtics were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Coming off a 25-win season, they were far more interested in gathering assets –– draft picks and expiring contracts –– than winning immediately. That’s why Danny Ainge agreed to acquire Marcus…

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NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics vs. Warriors will be your Finals matchup

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics vs. Warriors will be your Finals matchup

By Danny Dragin The conference finals have arrived and no one is surprised to see the Cavaliers, Warriors or Rockets representing. But the Celtics? Without Kyrie? Amazing. And guess what? According to WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin, the run doesn’t end here. He believes it will be C’s-Warriors in the Finals, and here are his predictions. Eastern Conference Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Time and time again the Celtics have managed to win without the best player in the series on their…

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With NBA lottery approaching, what are odds of Celtics jumping back into top 3?

With NBA lottery approaching, what are odds of Celtics jumping back into top 3?

The NBA lottery is Tuesday, and unlike a year ago, when the Celtics entered with the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick and then actually landed it, the odds are most definitely not in their favor. Thanks to last year’s pre-draft trade with the 76ers that turned the No. 1 overall pick into No. 3 and a future first-rounder, the Celtics have an outside shot at moving into either the second or third spot when the ping pong…

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Quiz: How much Celtics playoff history do you know?

Quiz: How much Celtics playoff history do you know?

With the Celtics back in the Eastern Conference Finals, let’s see how much Celtics playoff history you know. Take the quiz below and enter to win a $50 gift card from Legal Sea Foods! /**/ Full article @ Quiz: How much Celtics playoff history do you know? Source: GreenStreet Blog