Heat better in second half of season than any other team that ever missed playoffs
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra initially struggled to verbalize his feelings after Miami missed the playoffs.
Let’s try adding context.
The Heat went 11-30 in the first half of the season and 30-11 in the second half – the best second-half record ever by a team that missed the playoffs. By far.
The previous top mark came in 1999, when the Hornets closed 16-9 to finish 26-24 and one game of out of the postseason in the lockout-shortened season. The best second-half, playoff-less finish in a full season was by the Suns, who closed 26-15 in 1971,
Here are the top second-half records by teams that missed the playoffs: