◼️ He has eliminated Celtics from Playoffs four times in the last seven years
It’s been a while since the Boston Celtics hang a banner of an NBA championship. A decade to be exact. And LeBron James carries a good deal of the blame.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star has eliminated the Celtics from the Playoffs four times in the last seven years, and James will post a six-game postseason streak when he arrives in Boston for the Eastern Conference finals, which will start on Sunday at the TD Garden.
As a member of the Miami Heat and the Cavaliers, James – whose success against Boston took a 180-degree turn with a masterful performance in a sixth game in 2012 – has embittered the most successful franchise in the NBA.
If he defeats the Celtics again to qualify for an eighth consecutive NBA final, James will join an exclusive club, loaded with Boston legends.
Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played more final series than James, who says he has not considered the possibility of joining that group.
“What I know is that this is my eighth conference final in a row and that I have the opportunity to fight for a championship if I manage to emerge triumphant from this final conference final, so I don’t take it as something for granted,” said James. “One dreams of being the protagonist of important games in the NBA. That was my only goal when I came to the NBA – to be the best possible, to be in important matches and to be reminded – And I think that’s something that I’ve achieved in my career. “
At the start of his career, however, the Celtics were a wall for James in the post-season.
The so-called “Big 3” of Boston, the trident consisting of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, eliminated him and the Cavs in 2008 and 2010. The second series ended with James retiring furiously from the field, taking off his shirt. It was the announcement of his departure from Cleveland as a free agent to go to South Beach.
He claimed revenge for that defeat the following year in the conference semifinals, and then in 2012, James gave one of the best shows of his post-season career in Boston. With the Heat down 3-2 in the series, James scored 45 points, shooting 19 of 26 shots, and recovered 15 rebounds. Miami forced a seventh game and proceeded to repeat as champion.