Raps focus on James

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell was in a grouchy mood prior to last night's game at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, though one could hardly blame him.

Thank Cavaliers star LeBron James for that.

James, as usual, sits at the top of the NBA in scoring (30.9 points per game), and is also averaging 8.1 boards and 7.4 assists. In three games against the Raptors this season (heading into last night's contest), the Cavs are 2-1 while James has had his way against the Toronto defence, averaging 37.3 points, 9.3 boards and 8.7 assists.

"I wish you'd all come in (the locker room) and do my job," Mitchell told reporters, after being offered up a number of scenarios as to how to guard James.

"Look, he's going to get the ball, because he can bring it up, and he's going to spread your defence and he can get to the basket. At a certain point, you just have to hope your defence is good enough and hope he misses some shots," the coach said.

"(And) it's not like he does it every other night. He does it most nights," Mitchell added. "And the nights he's making threes, he just makes it even tougher."

Around the rim

For the second straight game, starting centre Andrea Bargnani wore a face shield. Bargnani was accidently hit in the mush by teammate Jamario Moon in Utah on Monday. Bargnani had an CT Scan done on Thursday after complaining about persistent pain. The tests revealed no structural damage ... Moon, who recorded a career-high 14 rebounds against Miami on Wednesday night, is second among NBA rookies in rebounding, averaging 6.2 per game and moved into second among Toronto rookies, with 397 heading into last night's game. Chris Bosh holds the rookie record of 557 boards, set during the 2003-04 season.


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