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(NECN) - Ask Paul Pierce what the Boston Celtics need to do to stop the Cleveland Cavaliers and NBA scoring leader Lebron James, and he'll say there's some safety in numbers. "You want to throw two or three guys at him," says Pierce, who will draw the unenviable task of trying to stop james during Boston's NBA Conference Semifinal against Cleveland. Pierce has high praise for James, and knows that he is surrounded by a better cast of characters than he had earlier this year in Cleveland, with guys like Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace and Joe Smith now on the club. But he says you have to focus on Lebron. "Mix it up on him, and make some of those other guys beat you," Pierce says. Pierce also talked about what the Celtics could take from their unexpected seven-game series with Atlanta, saying it gave them some playoff seasoning, but that the team is young enough that the added games shouldn't have a lingering effect on any of them.