LeBron James sat at the table alone, all by himself at the interview podium early Saturday morning.
The scene took place after the Heat lost to the Indiana Pacers Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. James had the look of a shipwrecked survivor stranded on a deserted island.
In many ways, it was symbolic of how things have played out thus far. It's been all James and not enough supporting cast, leaving the series tied at 1 heading back to Indiana for Sunday's Game 3.
Just when it appeared the Heat were past their depth issues, the concerns have resurfaced. Only this time, it also involves the team's other two All-Stars.
"We're not going to change from one game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Look, this series is very close. The lead changes. We had opportunities at the end [of Game 2]. Everybody was raving about our depth last game and that we have an incredible amount of depth. That's one of our major strengths and we'll continue to go for it and we have full confidence in those guys."
The supporting cast has always raised issues for this team the past three seasons, but now Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have entered the equation. Bosh and Wade have done little to assist James through two games, at least not the way they have in the past.
James has scored 66 points in the series, nearly equaling Bosh and Wade combined (67).
"We're just doing what we can with our opportunities," said Wade, who has taken 15 fewer shots than James in the two games. "We don't have the ball every possession. We're doing what we can with our opportunities. Hopefully, we get more."
Wade meant that he and the others have to play more aggressively instead of leaving all the responsibility on the league's most valuable player. Even though he had two costly turnovers in the final minute, James finished with 36 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the losing effort. In Game 1, he recorded a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, including the winning basket as time expired.
"You always want more [shots], but we can't say nothing against LeBron," Wade said. "He had a hell of a game [Friday]. If he's not shooting, then other guys with opportunities better be making shots. Because if you make them, you can't say nothing about anything."
James has been so good in the series Pacers guard George Hill compared him to God. Still, it hasn't been enough for the Heat, who are only perhaps a blown defensive assignment from facing a 2-0 deficit. The Pacers had the series-opener nearly wrapped up until Paul George overplayed James, allowing him to drive for an easy layup at the buzzer.
Part of the reason is the Pacers' solid team defense. The other component is the Heat playing somewhat tentative, possibly because they have relied too heavily on James.
"I think we're just looking around too much instead of just being aggressive," said Bosh, who is averaging 17 points in the series.
"Our guys got to come in and be aggressive. If you have a shot, shoot it. We had a few open shots that we didn't take. We just have in our minds right now, 'Hey, they're (the Pacers) such a good defensive team.' No, we're a good offensive team. ... We didn't make it this far by people hesitating. You take your shot, you shoot it with confidence."
The area the Heat have struggled the most is from the 3-point line. They are just 12 of 40 from the arc the last two games, with most of the blame directed toward Ray Allen and Shane Battier.
They have made 1 of 12 in the series, averaging a combined 6.5 points.
"They do a good job of taking away those shots and making us go elsewhere," Battier said. "We had some pretty good looks and they haven't gone down. ... I believe in the Law of Averages. What goes down must come up."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun