The first playoff performance LeBron James turned in that raised questions about his mental strength came against the Boston Celtics in 2010, when his favored Cleveland Cavaliers lost in six games to Boston.
But that was the exception, not the norm.
In 2008, as a No. 4 seed that finished 21 games behind the Celtics, LeBron’s Cavs took the eventual champions to seven games in the second round of the playoffs. James averaged 37.3 points over the final three games, including a 45-point performance in Game 7.
And, of course, there was his Game 6 clinic this past year in which he posted 45 points and 15 rebounds on 73.1 shooting to avoid elimination.
Overall, LeBron averaged 33.6 points and 11 rebounds per game on 52.7 percent shooting for the entire series.
For a team traditionally known for its defense, Boston certainly has had trouble containing James.