Sport NBA playoffs 2017: Celtics' Jaylen Brown views LeBron James as 'just a regular guy'

02:10  20 may  2017
02:10  20 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Jaylen Brown picked the perfect time for a breakout game. Boston is the latest in a long line of challengers to LeBron James , who has steamrolled his way to six consecutive NBA Finals. LeBron hasn’t lost a playoff series against a team from the East since 2010, when the Big Three Celtics

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Game 2 between the Celtics and Cavaliers will take place Friday night, and a certain Boston rookie may have just added fuel to LeBron James' fire.

Speaking before the game, Celtics rookie small forward Jaylen Brown made some controversial comments regarding James. Comments that may catch the MVP candidate's attention.

"I mean LeBron's a good player, but I look at him as just a regular guy to me," Brown said. "I have to come out and compete just like he has to come out and compete. I have to tie my shoes just like he ties his shoes. There's bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James, so I have no fear of LeBron."

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CLEVELAND – Shortly after the final horn had sounded and the Boston Celtics ’ 128-122 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers was secured, LeBron James and Jaylen Brown had a brief conversation after the game with James doing most of the talking. “He just said he would see me down the road, good job

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Cleveland won the series opener 117-104 on the road after James scored 38 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. The Celtics tried to stop James with multiple defenders, but the four-time MVP man-handled all of them.

Brown had a nice game off the bench in Game 1, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action. But he may have to learn the hard way Friday night that it's better to just keep quiet about other teams' star players.

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