Letting LeBron James Score Key to Beating the Cavs?

Torey ZiskaCorrespondent IIMarch 30, 2010

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LeBron James is having another MVP season and if he hasn't surpassed Kobe Bryant as the best player in the NBA he is coming closer and closer every day. 

James has led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the league's best record and will soon enough have home-court throughout the playoffs sealed up. 

What I don't understand is why I seem to be the only person in America who thinks they know how to beat the Cavs. 

James is a superb passer as evidenced by his near nine assists per game this season.  However, James' "biggest" weakness is still his outside game.  He can go off on any given night, but overall his jump-shot is still not one of the better ones in the game.

With that said, I do not understand why teams continue to double and triple team James.  He is going to find an open teammate 90 percent of the time or more.

Just to prove my point a little more, James has single digit assists in 80 percent of the 15 games Cleveland has lost this year with him on the court, including nine games with seven assists or less. 

Sure, James has plenty of games with six or seven assists in which his team wins, but that's bound to happen, as the Cavs are an elite team.  The point is that shutting down his teammates and lowering James' assist numbers will create the best chance at beating them. 

I have said all season that the best way to beat the Cavs is to guard James one-on-one.  That is a scary thought for anyone who is given the task of guarding him. However, I believe it is the best way to beat Cleveland.

Think about it.

If you guard James one-on-one, and he goes off for 50 points, but the rest of your team plays good solid defense on all of his teammates and holds his teammates to 40 combined, that's 90 points. 

If you can't score 91 points, then your team has other issues.  But it seems logical to me to let James do his thing. 

If you shutdown his teammates, James is going to have to score 60 or more every game to give the Cavs a chance to win, and though there is probably no one else in the league that has a better chance of doing that, even James won't be able to do it consistently. 

James is at his best when he is scoring around 30 points per game, but also dishing out double digits in assists, oftentimes three-pointers. 

By stopping everybody else, and letting James score 40 or more every night, you should have no problem winning at least 75 percent of the time. 

Not to mention, your best defensive player will be guarding James, so it's not as if James is going to get his 40 or 50 points without a challenge.

I believe the Cavaliers are hands down the favorite to win the NBA Championship this year.  But I also believe that if a team takes my advice, and simply concentrates on shutting down James' teammates, the Cavaliers will become very mortal.