LeBron James has done well for the Cleveland Cavaliers so far throughout this year's playoffs, as he is close to averaging a triple-double over the 13 games which he has played. However, with his team 2-0 down against the Boston Celtics, their time in the postseason could soon be over.
As a result, James' time with the Cavaliers could soon be over as well as many presume he will opt out of his current contract to hit free agency this summer. Paul Pierce sees similarities between this and the situation he was in with Boston back in the 2009-10 season.
The Celtics played against LeBron's Cavs back in the Conference Semifinals eight years ago. Their series went to 2-2 before Boston turned it on to win the series by Game 6 and advance to the Conference Finals.
Less than two months later James made his famous "Decision" and left the Cavs for the Miami Heat. The Celtics legend believes we could see history repeat itself this year in the playoffs and in the offseason.
Pierce said the following when talking about the Cavs-Celtics series and LeBron to the Boston Herald:
“We could be seeing history repeat itself. That’s the funny part about it, because if Boston beats them, we all know he’s gone. He may be gone anyway.”
The Celtics legend has also been pleasantly surprised by his team's ability to overcome the adversity they have been dealing with throughout the season to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Now he hopes they can go one further and reach the NBA Finals for the first since that 2009-10 season.
He said: “For these guys to be so young and then be in the playoffs and then be in the Eastern Conference finals, that’s just helping them grow. It’s one of those deals where when you give a player confidence — and I give a lot of that credit to Brad Stevens — and that player has potential, that can grow into something special.
"And I think that’s what I think we’re witnessing right now with these guys. They’re getting tons of confidence, and they’re running with it. Even with the other guys gone, Brad’s putting these guys out there, and he’s expecting the same results. He expects these guys he puts out there to do great.”
The Cavaliers wouldn't make the playoffs again until LeBron returned to the franchise in 2014, while the Celtics would lose in the NBA Finals in that 2009-10 season to the Los Angeles Lakers, so Pierce won't be hoping history doesn't directly repeat itself. He'd much rather see this team go one better than what he and Boston did that season.
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