Brad Stevens

LeBron James should be admired and appreciated, no matter what comes next

LeBron James should be admired and appreciated, no matter what comes next

When LeBron James sank a buzzer-beater to flip a Bulls-Cavaliers second-round playoff series in 2015, then-coach Tom Thibodeau summarized the degree of difficulty on James’ game-winner over Jimmy Butler.

“He made a great play,” Thibodeau said. “That’s what great players do.”

When James placed an exclamation point on his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals with a 35-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist, two-block performance while playing all 48 minutes to win a road game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens sounded similar.

“It’s ridiculous,” Stevens said Sunday night in Boston. “And he does it at this level and with the pressure, with the scrutiny — doesn’t matter. It’s just...

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