Marcus Morris embraces challenge of defending LeBron James

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid stayed relatively healthy this season playing in 63 games

Morris and his brother Markieff are among two of the most confident players in the league.

"Cavaliers Edition" rejuvenated LeBron James and the rest of Cleveland, which won 50 regular-season games and advanced to its fourth consecutive appearance in the conference finals with a sweep of the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, a franchise James has tormented in his return to the Cavs.

Cleveland won the regular season series over Boston two games to one. In 2010, he played his last game as a Cavalier before running to Miami. He was officially shut down in April with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, in a league where you need a dominant boss to get anywhere, Boston is the first team in National Basketball Association history to make the Conference Finals without a single appearance from their leading scorer.

Boston and Cleveland swapped Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the offseason, and neither player will be part of the series. If you're not green, they don't really, they don't mess with you.

Earlier this season, the Cavs were struggling to find their way on the court and off of it. "Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it but are here now and have to lay it all on the line". This is the story of the five teams hurt the most from James' dictatorship in the Eastern playoffs. Well, the final boss is really the four-headed Golden State monster that will likely represent the Western Conference in the Finals.

The Celtics are hoping to slow James by throwing a bunch of bodies at him, starting with Brown but also Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum, and Semi Ojeleye.

Though oddsmakers view the Cavs as pretty heavy favorites to beat the Celtics, oddsmakers don't give Cleveland all that much of a shot at winning its second title in four years. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game.

The Celtics encountered a unique boss tandem in the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Then Irving was injured, the Philadelphia 76ers' "Process" proved successful, and the Raptors surged to 59 wins and the best record in the East.

"He's one of those guys like LeBron, he can win it every year", Lue said of Stevens, comparing the situation to LeBron James being passed over for MVP.

"I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if I'm able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don't take that for granted", James said in an AP report Friday (Saturday, Manila time). In typical LeBron fashion, he completely defied the naysayers by playing just as well this series as the last. "But that was definitely one of the major points that he brought up when getting me here". In the past, he has had some of the biggest moments of his career against the Celtics.

Like James, Rozier first bounced a ball in Northeast Ohio.

Hill, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings, has been efficient for Cleveland during the postseason.

Stevens, however, has said while Morris is successful when it comes to defending against the Cavaliers star, his whole team must guard against him in order to make sure he doesn't play a huge impact on the game. The highlights include two buzzer-beaters and a 45-point virtuoso performance in Game 7 against the Pacers. "I think it's been designed that way so guys can just develop and learn as they go", Horford said. "He's obviously a special talent".

Yet they are also viewed as the underdogs no matter which standard you use.

Same as it ever was.

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