Brad Stevens’ Blueprint to Slowing Down LeBron James in Cavs-Celtics East Finals

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a second half play against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 102-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

One of today’s greatest NBA minds will clash with the game’s best overall player, as the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to battle for the third time in the past four postseasons.

While others will make their mark, this series will come down to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens against four-time MVP LeBron James.

Cleveland defeated the Celtics in five games in this same Eastern Conference Finals round a year ago, even though James had his least effective overall series.

Stevens and the Celtics held James to just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a Game 3 win, the fourth-lowest postseason total of James’ 15-year career. Although there were rumors he was battling an illness, James made no mention of it,

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