NBA Basketball

Celtics hope return home can slow James

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BOSTON (AP) The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals.

Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA Finals.

Boston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star.

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Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 R. Westbrook, OKC10.3
2 L. James, Cle9.1
3 J. Harden, Hou8.8
4 R. Rondo, NO8.2
5 B. Simmons, Phi8.2
6 C. Paul, Hou7.9
7 D. Green, GS7.3
8 J. Teague, Min7.0
9 K. Lowry, Tor6.9
10 D. Lillard, Por6.6
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Steals Per Game
Rank Name SPG
1 V. Oladipo, Ind2.36
2 P. George, OKC2.04
3 E. Bledsoe, Mil2.01
4 J. Butler, Min1.97
5 R. Westbrook, OKC1.84
6 G. Harris, Den1.82
7 J. Harden, Hou1.75
8 B. Simmons, Phi1.73
9 R. Covington, Phi1.71
10 T. Young, Ind1.67
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