LeBron James has plenty of memories from playing against the Boston Celtics.
After reaching the NBA Finals and being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007, James’ Cleveland Cavaliers eyed a return to the Finals in 2008. They took the Boston Celtics, playing in their first season with the big three – Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen – to game 7. James scored 45 points, but Pierce exploded for 41 and the Celtics won 97-92. A year later, both teams were eliminated by the Orlando Magic, but they met again in 2010. The Celtics took down the Cavaliers in six games and James left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. James finally defeated the Celtics in the second round of the 2011 postseason. In 2012, they met in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics held a 3-2 series lead, but James scored 45 points to lead the Heat to a win in game 6 and they closed out the Celtics in game 7.
Now that he has left the Heat in favor of a return to the Cavaliers, Celtics’ owner Wyc Grousbeck is actually happy for James.
“I’m really happy for LeBron [James], which is not something I ever thought I would say,” he said via Ben Rohrbach of WEEI. “I’m happy for Cleveland, which is something I never really thought I would say. It makes me feel good about the NBA. The NBA is in a golden era right now, and LeBron has a lot to do with that. And this move just shows his quality.”
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. In his storied career, James has averaged 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 74.7% from the free throw line.