BOSTON (Bleacher Report) — LeBron James had been here before, in this cacophonous sea of green, tussling with legends and ghosts, wrestling for his legacy and supremacy. How many times had the Boston Celtics clogged his path? How many times had they tested him, tortured him, taunted him?
Across five seasons and four playoff series, the Boston Garden served as a personal crucible, where James authored some of his greatest moments and absorbed some of his greatest heartbreaks.
This is where he scored 45 points, twice: a loss in 2008, a win in 2012. This is where he stripped off his Cavaliers jersey for the final time, in 2010, at perhaps the lowest point in his career.
LeBron James was back Thursday night, and it seemed so familiar and improbable all at once: James, dressed again in Cavs wine and gold, after four years in Miami white. The Celtics, back in the playoffs, two years after detonating their roster.