There aren’t many remaining NBA outposts capable of carrying that visceral venom LeBron James seemed to inspire, first as a phenom high schooler who signed nine-figure endorsement deals before taking a single professional dribble in 2003, then as a worldwide villain who ditched his hometown Cavaliers to chase rings in Miami.

James has undergone an image repair since then. He won another gold medal. He got married and had a daughter. He’s been welcomed back to the Cavs after ditching the Heat this summer. So they love him in Cleveland again, and in Miami, there is too much else to do to worry about hating him.

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Boston, though? No free passes, not here. Boston still does not much like LeBron, who will get the fifth playoff matchup of his career against the Celtics starting this weekend. (The Celtics beat the Raptors on Tuesday to clinch the No. 7 seed.)  Though James wouldn’t admit it, the feeling probably is mutual.

James has played 25 games against the Celtics in the postseason. He has won 13 (and two series) and lost 12 (and two series). He’s averaged 28.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. One of the lowest moments of his career came in Boston, in Game 6 of the 2010 second round. Coming off a 3-for-14 performance in Game 5, James shot 8-for-21, and though he had 29 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, he also had nine turnovers and bizarrely seemed to give up on the game down the stretch.

There were hints that something was just not right with that team. After that game, James said, “A friend told me after the game that sometimes you go through a lot of nightmares before you finally accomplish your dream. That's what going on individually for myself right now." He left for Miami two months later.

And one of James’ defining moments came as a member of the Heat two years later, again in Boston. Having lost three straight and facing elimination, James put on a jaw-dropping show to save his team in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, scoring 45 points with 15 rebounds and five assists and shooting 19-for-26 from the field. The Heat went on to win Game 7, then James' first championship

The Celtics team he will see in this postseason, of course, will have little in common with the ones that helpe

d define the early part of his career. Coach Doc Rivers is gone. The Big Three — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen — are out, and Rajon Rondo was traded this year.

Only Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley (who missed the 2011 and 2012 meetings) remain from those days. These Celtics are happy to be here, and if they can get anything more than one win in this series — despite their 16-7 record in the past 23 games — it will be a nice showing.

“Rock out!” Evan Turner put it on Tuesday. “Going to Cleveland, we will once again have to play tough and bring the physically. If not, we’ve seen what they’ve done to us prior to the past couple times we played them.”

Mostly that was what James did to them. This season, in the Cavs’ first two wins against Boston, James had 68 combined points, and shot 56.0 percent from the field. In his career, he averages 29.8 points per regular-season game against Boston, most of any team in the league.

James likes playing against the Celtics. He has often said the Celtics of the Rivers era helped turn him into the player he became in Miami. That era is long gone, but it stuck with folks around TD Garden. When James shows up, he will be certain to get a reception like it’s 2010 all over again.