Down a hallway, down under Bankers Life Fieldhouse, down, down, down where the Heat's emotions resided, Heat President Pat Riley stood against a wall and said, "We'll be fine. I really believe that."

Belief. That's the emotion this season teeters on for the Heat. That's what Saturday night's confidence-shaking loss to Indiana, 91-77, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals did.

Couldn't shoot. Didn't defend. Wouldn't play together. Squabbled in the locker room, with Dwyane Wade saying he didn't get the ball enough.

And so back to South Florida this tied series goes. Back for Game 7 on Monday night in AmericanAirlines Arena. Back for the ultimate game between two teams in any sport.

Win, and go to the NBA Finals.

Lose, and go home.

"This is what we won 66 games for [this regular season]," Riley said. "For this homecourt advantage in Game 7."

The Heat are the most fascinating team in sports, a team built around basketball's best player in LeBron James that's made the past two NBA Finals. But a team like this — talented, savvy and veteran — shouldn't deliver a big game like this rotten egg.

The Heat shouldn't get run off the court by Indiana in the third quarter when they're one win from the NBA Finals. They shouldn't lose their way for long stretches and play with the kind of focus reserved for a meaningless night in January.

The snapshot of the night was LeBron so frustrated by a foul call that went against him that he sprinted from one end of the court to the other.

"No-o-o!" he yelled as he ran.

We don't see something like that often from him. But when we do, it tells a bigger story.