Talk about your clashes of the hair-struggle titans. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)
For years, LeBron James has relied on an ever-expanding headband to both capture the buckets of sweat that drip off his head during an NBA game and attempt (and fail) to cover up his receding hairline. James' headband has become both a national punchline and a sought-after souvenir, a giant and unavoidable part of the MVP's profile (literally), an accessory and affectation without which it seems odd to imagine James on the court.
And yet, just like that, it went away during the fourth quarter of Game 6 ... yet LeBron soldiered on.
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It happened on an offensive rebound and putback dunk of a Mario Chalmers miss at the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter to cut the Spurs' lead to 80-77:
The moment itself, via an endlessly repeating Vine:
"I don't even remember the play much," James said after the game. "I was just focused on the job, the task at hand, and just trying to be aggressive, just trying to figure out ways I could help the team get back into the game. And you know, I guess the headband was the least of my worries at that point."
The Heat had already begun their comeback before James lost his headband — it started to stir in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, when a pair of James free throws stemmed an 18-7 Spurs run and cut what had been a 12-point San Antonio lead to 10 heading into the fourth. From there, a big Chalmers 3 on the opening possession of the fourth, a LeBron layup and an instant-classic one-shoe/one-sock 3-pointer by Mike Miller got the game within two possessions and the Heat within hailing distance. Things did seem to pick up after the revelation of 'Bron's (ample) brow, though.
After the terrycloth unburdening and a San Antonio answer on the other end by Kawhi Leonard (who continues to be great in this series, final-minute free-throw miss aside), James got straight to the rim on consecutive possessions and hit one of two layups to keep Miami within three. Then, he fired a crazy bullet pass out of the high post and over the top of TonyRead More »from LeBron James loses his headband, which was a total turning point, duh (Video)