Which Cavs to prepare for?

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell doesn't open his practises to the media, but you had to assume the name LeBron James was rolling off his tongue quite a bit yesterday.

The Cavs have some nice pieces around King James, but just about everything they do goes through him first.

Now that there's a chance James might not be in uniform tonight, Mitchell was asked how he prepared his team.

"We will just prepare as if he is going to play and if he doesn't then we will make adjustments as we go," Mitchell said. "But you have to prepare for what is probably right now the best player in basketball. He just has the ball so much. Most night's he's their leading scorer, rebounder and assist guy. He dictates a lot of what they do on offence so we have to prepare like he is going to play."

James was asked after a recent game if he could play any better. His response, while not definitive, was telling nonetheless.

"I don't know," James said with a grin. "Right now, I don't know."

King James is averaging just under 40 minutes a game, shooting just under 50% from the field. He's averaging 30.7 points a night, 8.1 assists (both tops on the team) and is chipping in with 7.6 rebounds a night.

SAY NO TO THE THREE

Having just seen the Cavs last weekend and beaten 111-108, Mitchell knows exactly what he'd like to change about that game and it all starts with the way his club defends the long-range shot.

The Cavs shot an impressive 43.3% (13-for-30) from beyond the arc Saturday against the Raptors and while Mitchell couldn't really complain about the way those shots were contested, he would like to see the number of attempts brought down.

"We'd like to chase those guys off the three-point line," he said. "That's something we did a better job of against Memphis (on Wednesday). It's one thing to contest but we want to go at them hard, make them put the ball on the floor and use the in between game to make another pass or drive to the basket."

If Mitchell gets his way both Daniel Gibson (4-for-8 from beyond the arc) and Damon Jones (5-for-9 on Saturday) won't get those opportunities this time around.


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