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Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

LeBron James has a long postseason history with the Celtics. He’ll be facing them for the sixth time in the playoffs when the Cleveland Cavaliers open the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in Boston. James is trying to make the NBA Finals for the seventh straight time. The last time he failed to make them was because of the Celtics, who beat him in the 2010 playoffs. The Cavs are 8-0 in the postseason and haven’t played since May 7.

Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Celtics conference finals

Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James. The first three games were decided by six or fewer before the Cavaliers rolled to a 114-91 victory in Boston on April 5, a win that at the time had the defending champions in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage. Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.5 points for the Celtics against the Cavs. Boston did earn the top seed in the East, but the Cavs are favored to win the series.

Celtics seeking validation against Cavaliers in East finals

Ever since the Boston Celtics broke up their Big Three in 2013, they’ve sat idly this time of year while LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard have battled for NBA championships. With Isaiah Thomas leading the charge, the Celtics have rejoined the fray. Now it’s time to see if they belong. Boston faces the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

Kelly Olynyk scores 26 points as Boston Celtics power to Game 7 win

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.

John Wall’s late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7

John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead points, then hopped atop the scorer’s table and yelled to celebrate the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics that pushed their Eastern Conference semifinal to a Game 7.

All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards

The Boston Celtics showed up wearing black clothes ahead of Game 6 of their playoff series against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics’ attire could be seen as a nod to what the Wizards did before a regular-season matchup in January that became known as the “Funeral Game.”

Avery Bradley’s defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Avery Bradley created a buzz with his playoff-career high 29 points. But it’s been the Boston guard’s consistency on defense during the first two rounds that have the top-seeded Celtics on the verge of an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Avery Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and handed out nine assists. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.

Danny Ainge’s leadership in spotlight as Celtics chase 18th title

Danny Ainge has been to the NBA’s mountaintop; first as player winning a pair of championships in the 80s and then as the architect of the Big 3 that brought the Celtics their 17th NBA championship in 2008. But with the East’s top seed locked in 2-2 tie with Washington, the outcome of this series could also go a long way toward affirming the recent moves by Boston’s front office chief, or exposing the holes that still exist as his team chases banner No. 18.

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas getting help from Kobe Bryant

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is getting some tips on his game from Kobe Bryant and praise from some of basketball’s biggest s tars. The 5-foot-9 Thomas, who has been coming with huge performances during the playoffs while coping with personal tragedy, says he’s been talking and texting with the five-time NBA champion to get tips about his game.

Little big man: Isaiah Thomas a full-fledged All-Star

All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics has a shot at setting a franchise scoring record – and maybe even NBA MVP honors as well. Thomas is averaging 29.9 points per game and has led Boston to the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is a Thomas fan.