It's not about scoring 50 points. It's about defending for the Cavs. But LeBron James recorded 39 points on Thursday in the Cavs' 107-96 loss to Chicago. But the stat that jumped out at me was in the assist column: James had one assist.
The thing that distinguishes James from many other superstars is his ability to find the open man. He found just one open man on the night. Maybe it was because he was too busy shooting. He was 13 of 27 from the field, giving him 57 shots on the last two nights.
Also, James had just three rebounds, well under his average. Of course, the Cavs were embarrassed on the boards, 56-48. Rookie center Joakim Noah had a career-high 20 rebounds. It didn't help the Cavs' cause that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is sidelined with a back strain.
He might not have stopped Noah, but his length would have made it harder on him. If the Cavs ever get healthy, they might be a good team. Until then, there's going to be many ups and downs.