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"I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league", James told reporters during his Friday media availability.

"That series, it was fun".

Terry Rozier has asserted himself as one of the best young guards in the game.

Morris said: "My size". "Circumstances are a little different now".

The Suns excited with their high-tempo brand of basketball that didn't yield silverware and the expectation is the Warriors will have too much experience and class for D'Anoni's team this time.

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. Fortunately, that ends Sunday afternoon when the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers begin their series.

James hasnt yet had a chance to reflect on his own run but says he isnt taking anything for granted at this point in his career. Seeing as how it's been almost 10 seasons since the Celtics last eliminated a LeBron James led-team, I'm sure Boston is hungry for a series win. The Raptors were so ineffective that James not only dominated, but his teammates found open shots and scored all over the floor as well.

“You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA and even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered and I think Ive done that in my career, ” he said.

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"Just trying to add onto it while I can". "We just gotta take away the other guys and have a great mindset of mentally being locked in every possession", he said. The honor went to Toronto's Dwane Casey, who was sacked Thursday after his team was swept in the East semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Morris thinks he can defend the king just fine. After 2014, when the Pacers finally had home court advantage, th Lance Stephenson departure, the feud between Paul George and Roy Hibbert and George breaking his leg set thing in motion, eventually breaking up that group and Frank Vogel getting fired. "And there was no help". I didn't see no physicality, I didn't see any of that. "I think that there are some similarities there (to defending Philadelphia)". If that's considered slowing James down for Leonard, then Morris will have a lot of work cut out for him.

"I've never really been at a point where, s--, anybody's ever broken me with shots or anything like that", said Morris.

"Guys that are just kind of the best shooters coming off screens, you probably start with J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick, right?" S--, I think IN did a great job against Cleveland IN that [first-round] series. It both cleared cap space for Boston to sign Gordon Hayward and gave Boston another versatile defender to throw at James.

"That's one of the things [Ainge] said when I first got here, that I was one of the guys they felt as though could guard LeBron", he said.

Questions abound. Kevin Love thoroughly outplayed Al Horford a year ago -will the big man's recent assertive streak carry over to this series? But that's the impression I get.

However, things are a lot different on the court for the four-time MVP victor when he is marked by one certain Celtics star, and it will be interesting to see if Boston's head coach Brad Stevens utilizes him in this way.

Now, given that the NBA's coaching award is given by the media (cleveland.com did not have a vote this year), Stevens is virtually assured of getting lots of votes - perhaps winning the award.

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