This uneasiness is due to the fact that when Orlando faced "King" James earlier in the season, he went off for a triple-double, totaling 39 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds…the most points, assists and boards in a single game since Wilt Chamberlin in 1968.
Last year during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons, James blossomed from an all-star caliber player with a world of potential to one of the game's truly elite. In Game 6, James racked up 48 points and more impressively, he scored 29 of Cleveland's final 30 points en route to a surprise series victory over the Pistons, and a berth in the NBA Finals for a franchise that hadn't sniffed success in over a decade prior to "the King's" arrival. At 23 years-old, the former first-overall pick has always had an abundance of talent. He is 6'8, 240 lbs, moves like a point guard and passes like on too. James is also one of the premier slashers in the game, as virtually no one can stop him when he attacks the rim. Blending size, athleticism and a healthy dose of charisma, James has long been a fan favorite, but has been much maligned throughout his young career for not having "killer instinct". Since the Detroit series however, James has proved critics wrong, taking on the role of a leader and his stats show it. This season, James is having an MVP caliber year, averaging 30.1 points per game, 7.3 assists and eight rebounds for the 28-21 Cavs. Without James this season, the Cavaliers are 0-6.
Many will make the argument that James is the best player in the NBA right now and they would certainly have a good point; no one player has a better overall game than James, as he can shoot, pass, dribble, penetrate, rebound and is improving his defense. Orlando will have to find the right match-up on James, as shooting guards Maurice Evans and Keith Bogans might be too small to handle him, and forwards Rashard Lewis and Turkoglu likely won't be quick enough to stop him either. While containing James is a chore for any team night in and night out, look for "the King" to come out with even more motivation than usual in order to avenge Cleveland's loss to Orlando from mid-October.
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