Is LeBron James coasting?

Is the Heat star going easy during this stretch of the 82-game slog?

Updated: January 14, 2014, 2:58 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron JamesJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMany of LeBron James' numbers are down this season. Is he coasting?

MIAMI -- LeBron James is having an amazing 2013-14 season by any reasonable standard.

Except for his own.

James has somehow managed to raise his field goal percentage for the seventh straight season, to 59.1 percent. His true shooting percentage -- an advanced shooting percentage that incorporates 3-point shots and free throws -- stands at 67.2 percent. How high is that? As pointed out in a BIG Number episode last month, we've never seen a true shooting percentage north of 67 percent when taking at least 15 field goal attempts per game.

But the conversation around James has been more accusatory than congratulatory. The big question isn't "How's LeBron doing this?" It's, "Is LeBron coasting?"