MIAMI - The Miami Heat's Big Two (Emergency) Era opened with the thud.
It was about the Heat's inability to hit an outside shot, successfully execute the most rudimentary of offensive sets, or make foul shots late when needed.
"Well, welcome to the playoffs for us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's how we're viewing it. The series has started. They won on our home court, now we have to gather ourselves, collect ourselves."
So, with this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series tied 1-1 heading to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Thursday's 6 p.m. CDT Game 3, the search for a better life without Bosh continues.
While James led all scorers with 28 points and while Wade was the game's only other player to score more than 16, with 24, no other Heat player scored more than five points.
"We're going to have to do it collectively," Spoelstra said. "We won't be able to have somebody spell Chris Bosh. But we have enough."
That was an argument to make Tuesday, with James and Wade either scoring or assisting on 33 of the Heat's 37 second-half points.
"We still put ourselves in position to win there at the end," Spoelstra said.
But when point guard Mario Chalmers missed a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer, it dropped the Heat to 1 of 16 on 3-pointers in the game and 1 of 22 in the series. Chalmers said after the game was the play was set up for him to take the shot, not Wade, not James.
"How we felt after Game 1 is how they feel right now," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
The difference is the Pacers remain healthy and whole. Without Bosh, the Heat collapsed to .346 percent shooting.
"They're defending well; we're defending well," Spoelstra said. "There's not a lot of open shots in this series."
And the relief points Bosh can create simply weren't there.
"Anytime one of our players is out, especially when Chris is out, we're going to miss him," James said.
"He's a big part of our team. He does some things. We know Chris is out indefinitely, everybody has to pick it up."
The problem is no one other than James or Wade picked anything up.
"We win as a team; we lose as a team," Wade said. "We got to do a better job of trying to find out how we can get those guys more involved.
"Me and LeBron also will make sure the opportunities we have will be a little more effective."