Of all of LeBron's greatest moments; the Palace game, his ahead of the curve Finals berth, the 45-point duel with Paul Pierce, his dunk over Kevin Garnett in the 2008 playoffs was the most important.
Watch that play.
I will never forget that face.
It was the best face I had ever seen in an NBA game.
His 45-win Cavs weren't ready to beat the 66-win Celtics that season. His team wasn't ready to win a championship. But we all knew that as soon as he had some help, he would get there, because he had the raw determination to match his unparalleled talent.
It was written all over his face.
You don't need a recap of what happened last night. LeBron may erupt over the next two contests and this small setback will be completely forgotten.
Except for one fact.
LeBron didn't just have a bad game. He mailed it in.
LeBron James mailed in the biggest game of his career.
Instead of channeling his inner Jordan he channeled Vince Carter.
He made Joe Johnson look like a hardworker.
LeBron James played like he didn't care.
And I didn't know he was capable of that.
Even after the game LeBron not only acted like he didn't care, but he seemed annoyed that reporters were insinuating that the loss could have been his fault.
"I spoil a lot of people with my play. When you have three bad games in a seven-year career, it is easy to point that out," James said without blinking an eye.
But we all knew that LeBron has prima donna tendencies. What we didn't know is that he has the capacity to mail it in on the court.
Even if he goes on to win the NBA championship this year, we will always and forever know that LeBron has a dark side. A side that isn't consumed by winning at all cost, by being the greatest ever, and by imposing his will on both sides of the court.
LeBron James has the capacity to mail it in.
His face lied.