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Doc Rivers saw an epic change in LeBron's game

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It's been widely known across the league, LeBron James possesses a superior intelligence in the game of basketball. He displayed it numerous times throughout his career, but more frequently in recent playoffs against Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. LeBron's dominance also showed his awareness of the sweet spots on the court, alongside his ability to read his teammates perfectly while giving them the ball in the most precise moment possible. Other teams are so focused on LeBron's actions, he can easily read the defense and make the right plays.

Back in 2016, Doc Rivers made an interesting comment about LeBron James and his ability to see the game a bit differently than most players in the league. Doc Rivers, who was then the coach of the Boston Celtics team that had beaten LeBron James’ Cavs multiple times in the late 2000s, realized there was something different about James that would cause trouble for the rest of the league.

"We beat him a couple of times when he was in Cleveland, he was not that way. I’ve never seen a change in a player. I knew we were in trouble in Miami. When he was in Cleveland he was just playing basketball. We get to Miami and he’s calling our plays out, he’s staring over at our bench, he’s reading stuff. And I remember saying, ‘Oh this is not good. This is not good.'”

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LeBron was definitely able to adjust his game when the playoffs kicked-off, even after having a spectacular season at 33-years of age. He is facing a very well-coached Boston Celtics team, who already have a mastermind on the bench in the likes of Brad Stevens and a young group of very talented players. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to adapt his game against everything Boston Celtics throw at him.

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