The Heat went 30-11 in the second of the season and won their final three games.
Yet, anchored by an 11-30 start, they missed the playoffs.
How did that feel?
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra left it unsaid better than anyone could to begin his post-game press conference last night, agonizing 30 seconds without a word.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this way about a team before,” Spoelstra said once he finally began speaking. “I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted something more for a team.”
Spoelstra has coached teams to four NBA Finals and two championships.