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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

The Unlikely MVP

JAMES HARDEN

No 24

The Unlikely Turnaround

THE WARRIORS

No 32

The Unlikely Breakout Star

JIMMY BUTLER

No 38

A TRIBUTE DEAN SMITH1931--2015

"I could be the best player in the world."

—JAMES HARDEN TO LEE JENKINS

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SI HAS REGIONAL COVER THIS WEEK: ROBERT SEALE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HARDEN)