Marcus Morris says he's best LeBron defender in National Basketball Association outside Kawhi Leonard

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Morris did clarify his statement, explaining it will take a team effort just to slow down James and adding, "He's the best player in this game".

Alright, let's get to the bottom of this. Larry Drew cast the Cavs' ballot - it's unclear for whom Drew voted.

Cleveland won last year's Eastern Conference Finals by a count of 4-1.

Morris ranked 78th out of 90 power forwards in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus and 75th among all forwards in defensive win shares this season, per NBA.com.

It's also a mystery how, given, the seemingly universal opinion of Stevens in the league, how precisely none of his fellow coaches voted for him.

They won't know who won until June 25 - after the season. This is not to say the team can't make a trip to the Finals with their current roster, but they are facing some slim odds. "I think that there are some similarities there (to defending Philadelphia)".

In dissecting this matchup of coaches in the Eastern finals, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone arguing for Lue to have gotten votes. The series that everyone wanted and expected during a convoluted offseason has come to fruition. The Cavs are seasoned and now what it takes.

There was a time not long ago when Marcus Smart was simply hoping to have the chance to play again this season. As was aforementioned, Irving and Hayward are lost for the season, and so is Daniel Theis. Will Tristan Thompson be an asset for the Cavs, or will the Celtics render him ineffective?

Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Irving will watch this years rematch from the sideline after a pair of knee surgeries late in the regular season denied him an opportunity to play this postseason.

"There's been a lot that's happened throughout the season with us and for them", Cavs forward/center Kevin Love said Thursday.

"You've got everybody counting us out, but we knew from the beginning we've got each other", Celtics guard Terry Rozier said after Boston's practice on Friday, its first since dispatching the Philadelphia 76ers in five games. I think that he's in a good place mentally because he's seeing and feeling the light at the end of the tunnel of being able to return and being himself. If it works, you're a genius, if not, you change and do something else. "I remember the first time we played them, I was so nervous", he said. "I think he's probably broken Toronto, if that's what you were referring to". Theyre really good. Theyre always in the right spot. He believes there's only one player in the league who can defend him better.

But James is still James and has carried the Cavaliers to the doorstep of another trip to the National Basketball Association finals, something they'll accomplish by getting past the undermanned and surprising Celtics.

Lue, 40, has LeBron.

Though the Cavaliers were top dogs in the National Basketball Association just two seasons ago, they've been patchy in recent months and overhauled their squad midway through the campaign. Westgate lists the Cavs as 5/1 to win the title.

Pundits and fans will give Stevens the edge over Lue heading into this series. "He's the best player in this game", said Morris. "I think he's more concerned about what he needs to do". "It's been 90 games since then and I've been through a lot". "No matter who has played for them, he can put guys in position to succeed and get the most out of whoever has been in their lineup over the past few years".

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