NBA Player Power Rankings: Top 20 Players at Midway Point

Jan 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 91-78. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 91-78. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Last Rank: No. 2

Position: Small Forward

Age: 31

Slash Line: .502/.299/.716

Season Averages: 35.7 MPG, 25.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 1.2 3PM

With a shot at redemption, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came up short against the Golden State Warriors—and that’s a severe understatement. Playing on its home floor, Cleveland lost 132-98 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals.

James finished with 16 points on 16 field goal attempts and tallied the worst +/- of his 13-year career.

It was a rough week for James, as Cleveland also fell to the San Antonio Spurs—a game during which one could argue The King was outplayed by Kawhi Leonard. It was an unwelcome reminder of James’ past two NBA Finals appearances, which he lost to Leonard’s Spurs and Curry’s Warriors.

Fortunately, he played well enough for victory in the other two outings.

James had 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 91-77 victory over the Houston Rockets, and tallied 17 points in 29 minutes during a blowout of the Brooklyn Nets. They weren’t his best performances, but they effectively stabilized a Cavaliers team with the potential to fall apart.

James was closing the gap between he and Stephen Curry, but now, the degree of separation may be too much for the four-time MVP to overcome.

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