Imagine that four or five SECONDS into the biggest game of maybe their careers, Lebron, or Kobe, or Wade lets the guy he was "defending" blow by him in a straight line for an unmolested dunk, and then make 9 of his next 10 shots. 

All the while at the other end going for nine points on 4-18 shooting with 3 turnovers.

And then after the game saying that superstars like him have games like that sometimes.

A inevitable tsunami of negative press would envelope them; here nothing.

Suffice to say that his bad night was instrumental in the loss, but the listlessness of his attitude added to it. This is the Captain. If he can't suck it up and rally his own self in the midst of trouble, how can he get others to fight through?