Power Rankings: Cavs climb to No. 3

Updated: March 16, 2015, 3:19 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 16

The Cleveland Cavaliers, after perhaps their two finest road shows of the season, have moved up to a season-high No. 3 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

But they frankly needed a little help, too.

The suddenly uncertain status of LeBron James' right knee, after an awkward landing Sunday night in Orlando, gave your trusty Power Rankings committee (of one) some pause before bumping Cleveland up to its loftiest position yet.

The reality, though, is that Memphis' recent struggles and San Antonio's loss of Manu Ginobili for at least a week after Ginobili's own ankle issues Sunday opened the door wider for the Cavs. Knowing as little as we did at press time about the gravity of James' injury, Cleveland had to be the new No. 3 after its impressive wins (for different reasons) in Texas last week over the Dallas Mavericks and Spurs.

Cleveland's previous rankings peak this season was three turns at No. 4. And we'll delve further into this week's order on Stein Line Live. You can comment below on the latest 1-to-30 ladder, which as always was compiled with data and research assistant from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. You're also invited to rank the teams yourself here.

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