In his last six games, LeBron James is shooting 52.9 percent on midrange jumpers and 43.3 percent from three. Not-so-coincidentally, the Cavaliers are on a six-game winning streak. When he shoots like this, he is the best player on the planet and the Cavaliers can play with anyone.
What sparked this hot shooting streak? This tweet from NBA.com’s John Schuhmann showing how poorly LeBron had been shooting this season up to that point.
LeBron told Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer he saw that tweet and, like every great player seems to, used the doubt for fuel.
“I actually saw [it] on my Instagram feed that I was the worst-shooting player in the NBA,” James said. “I actually saw that when I woke up from a nap. I remember exactly when that was. Denver. Right before the Denver game, so I answered the call.”
In recent seasons, LeBron has dialed back his game and energy output just a little in the regular season, knowing that as he aged he needed to conserve some of that for the playoffs, when the games really mattered. Maybe that contributed to his slump, or maybe the fact that Kyrie Irving is healthy and gives the Cavaliers another elite playmaker is behind this. Either way, LeBron is knocking down his shot again.
Which is bad news for the rest of the league — LeBron had 37 points on 22 shots against the Sixers Sunday. That kind of streak is likely to continue.