LeBron sees threes

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

They may be smiling in the ticket office at the Air Canada Centre through today, but a visit from LeBron James is among the last things a team struggling to get a foothold needs to see.

Worse still James, who has steadily improved since be was the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, seems to thrive when he visits Toronto.

In two games at the ACClast season, all James did was pump in a career and franchise high 56 points his first time in town and then follow that up with his fourth triple-double of the season a month later in a 104-95 win over the Raps.

He arrives in Toronto for tonight's matchup averaging 29 points a game in just under 37 minutes each night.

James though, and there is some debate on whether this is good for James or good for the rest of the league, is putting more of an emphasis on his three-point shooting this year.

According to a recent story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer part of James off-season workout included 200-250 three-pointers per day.

"I worked extremely hard on my three-point shot during the off-season," James told the newspaper.

True to his word, James opened the season with a stellar shooting performance that included six-of-seven shooting from beyond the arc in a 109-87 victory over New Orleans.

The fear, and this is where the debate begins, is that on nights when he's not so dialed in, those three-point attempts come at the cost of James doing what he does best and that's driving the ball to the hoop.

First-year head coach Mike Brown says he'll be more than happy to go with his star's long-range attack as long as it's paying off with points, but he'll be just as quick to step in and point out when James needs to go back to his main strength.

"If he misses two in a row, I'd rather see him drive the ball to the basket," Brown told the Plain Dealer. "If he misses three, we'll probably have a discussion."

In three games this season, a win followed by two successive road losses, Brown has not had to intervene with James' approach.

James is second in the league in three-pointers made with 10 and is fifth in the league in attempts with 19.

Those numbers any coach could live with, but if James outside shooting goes cold, he can expect to hear about it.


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