A New Chapter In The Celtics Postseason Rivalry With LeBron James

April 18, 2015 - photo frame

BOSTON (CBS) – The Celtics will start their initial playoff array underneath Coach Brad Stevens this weekend, and it comes opposite a informed foe.

When a Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers start their array on Sunday, it will be a fifth time LeBron James has met Boston in the postseason. Through 25 playoff games, James has averaged 28.1 points and 8.8 rebounds, going 2-2 altogether opposite Boston.

Let’s take a discerning outing down memory line as we get prepared for Sunday’s Game 1:

2007-08 Eastern Conference Semifinals

Paul Pierce and LeBron James during Boston's Game 7 feat in a 2007-08 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE around Getty Images)

Paul Pierce and LeBron James during Boston’s Game 7 feat in a 2007-08 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE around Getty Images)

After it took The Big Three 7 games to dispatch a Atlanta Hawks in their initial playoff array together, they indispensable 7 some-more games to discharge James and a Cavaliers.

LeBron averaged 26.7 points, 7.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds per diversion in a series, that was capped off with his epic conflict with Paul Pierce in Game 7 during a TD Garden.

LeBron forsaken 45 points, though Pierce scored 41, P.J. Brown pulled down some large rebounds and make a pivotal bucket in a final minutes, and a Celtics were relocating on to a Eastern Conference Finals with a 97-92 victory.

2009-10 Eastern Conference Semifinals

LeBron James reacts during Cleveland's detriment to Boston in Game 6 of a Eastern Conference Semifnals during a 2010 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE around Getty Images)

LeBron James reacts during Cleveland’s detriment to Boston in Game 6 of a Eastern Conference Semifnals during a 2010 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE around Getty Images)

LeBron’s initial army with a Cavaliers finished in 2010 when the Celtics once again ended their deteriorate in Eastern Conference Semis, this time in 6 games.

The Cavaliers were a pretension favorites, with James collecting his second unchanging deteriorate MVP streamer into a playoffs. He was a force in Games 1 and 3, scoring 35 and 38 points, respectively, to lead Cleveland to a 2-1 array lead.

But some off-court play seemed to confuse him as a array drew to a tighten (you might remember some engaging rumors surrounding his Cavaliers teammate Delonte West and his mother). The Celtics a Cavs 120-88 in Game 5, and sealed things out in Game 6 in Cleveland. LeBron dropped 29 points and corralled 19 rebounds, though coughed adult nine turnovers and seemed to chuck in a towel a small early.

2010-11 Eastern Conference Semifinals

LeBron James of a Miami Heat gets romantic after finally violence a Boston Celtics in a playoffs. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE around Getty Images)

LeBron James of a Miami Heat gets romantic after finally violence a Boston Celtics in a playoffs. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE around Getty Images)

One year, and a new team, later, LeBron finally kick a Celtics in a playoffs.

The Celtics and James, now a member of a Miami Heat, met again in a discussion semis, and Miami done discerning work of a C’s. Miami modernized in 5 games, with LeBron averaging 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.

However, he would have to wait for his initial NBA title, with a Dallas Mavericks violence a Heat in 6 games in a NBA Finals.

2011-12 Eastern Conference Finals

LeBron James throws down a asperse on a Celtics in Game 7 of a Eastern Conference Finals during a 2012 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE around Getty Images)

LeBron James throws down a asperse on a Celtics in Game 7 of a Eastern Conference Finals during a 2012 NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE around Getty Images)

An aging Celtics register done an rare run to a East Finals in 2011-12, and scarcely went to their third NBA Finals of a Big Three’s run.

After dropping a initial dual games in Miami, with LeBron scoring 66 points for a Heat, Boston rattled off 3 true wins and were hosting Game 6 in Boston with a possibility to go to a Finals.

But King James was never a truer nickname, as LeBron scored 45 points off 19-for-26, holding off elimination and environment adult a determining Game 7 in Miami. The Celtics had a lead during halftime, and a diversion was tied after 3 quarters, though Miami outscored Boston 28-15 in a final support and took a array with a 101-88 win. Just scored 31 in a determining game, and averaged 33.6 points per diversion in a series.

Throughout all a ups and downs LeBron has had against the Celtics in a playoffs, a play turn has been consistent. Although many of this stream Celtics register is most opposite from a Big Three Era underneath Doc Rivers, Celtics fans have not lost this adversary – and conjunction has LeBron.

The Celtics know they have a tough charge in front of them, though for a group who won 6 true and 8 of their final 10 to tighten a unchanging season, they could be annoying out to start LeBron’s second homecoming.

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