Return of the King: LeBron James Goes Back to the NBA Finals

For a moment last night, LeBron James soared up and up and up, above the foul lane, above the rim, above everything and everyone, the ball clutched in that colossal right hand and extended behind his head before he sent it tomahawking through the hoop. That display, the signature dunk of a player who has long toed the line between brutal physicality and balletic elegance, occurred roughly three minutes into Game 4 of last night's Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and Hawks. And in that moment you knew: It was game over, series over. This will be LeBron's fifth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, but this one means the most of any, both emotionally and for his legacy.