LeBron James guarded by Terry Rozier at TD Garden back in February. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The rematch is on!
Celtics-Cavaliers. Eastern Conference Finals. Brad Stevens against LeBron James...and the C's coach knows The King will be tough to stop.
"Three days is plenty of time to prepare," he said. "It's not like they've never watched Cleveland before. We played them in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. LeBron's on a, just a ridiculous run of play. We know it'll be quite a challenge."
James has won 17 of his 22 meetings with the Celts since returning to Cleveland, averaging roughly 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists along the way.
The perennial MVP candidate has scored 979 career playoff points against Boston--more than any other player in NBA history.
And, this postseason, the self-proclaimed Chosen One is averaging 34 points, 9 boards, and 9 dimes in triumphs of the Raptors and Pacers.
Aron Baynes is well aware the Celtics have their work cut out for them.
"We know where the head of the snake is, and we know what we have to focus on," Baynes said. "He's got a lot of great role players around him, and some other guys that can really create out there as well. It's about playing five guys within our system, sticking to it, and if we do that with the right intensity, then we're going to be in a good spot."
The first two games will be at the Garden, starting Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports