Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James right celebrates a basket during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics Sunday

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BOSTON - On the top of LeBron James' hierarchy of career achievements are his three championships, the highest probably being the 2016 crown that included a 3-1 comeback over the team with the best regular-season record in history and ended a 52-year title drought for Cleveland.

The 26-year-old was an All-Star during his first season with Boston, averaging 24.4 points and 5.1 assists in 60 games.

His season previous year, which ended in a 5-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, rounds up the top 10 to the tune of 32.8 PPG.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been clutch this postseason and they'll be called on to produce yet again. A Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics playing without both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward might have made his decision easier.

"The best", said coach Ty Lue, when asked where this effort ranks for James.

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out with the Celtics, but for now it looks like Rozier will stay with the Celtics. They have to be exhausted, and that's no way to go into a series against Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors, who blew Cleveland away in five games previous year, or James Harden and a Rockets team that can be every bit as potent on one end and lock teams down on the other.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James off the court after embracing Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum following the Cavaliers' 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

Sending out six players and bringing back four more, Cleveland general manager engineered an unprecedented mid-season roster overhaul - at least as far as any contending team in recent memory has been concerned. That's why James wanted to huddle with one of Boston's burgeoning young stars when it was over, and why no around here would object if training camp started tomorrow. Something has to give tonight when the Celtics host the Cavs in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And I feel, knowing each one of the players, I do think it will propel them.

That time, he had to save the Heat's season down 3-2 in a series against a veteran-laden Celtics team.

And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.

James has never played more than 100 games in any season and hasn't played this many since 2011.

All 4 players in the top 10 eventually became an NBA Champion at some point. If the Cavs are going to win on the road for the first time all series, it'll likely require a monster performance from James.

The Celtics are 10-0 at home this postseason, and are actually 2.5-point favorites heading into Game 7.

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