Which professional Miami team had the most disappointing postseason? – NBC 6 South Florida
Continuing a streak stretching back almost a decade, South Florida will not host a victory parade for any of its professional sports teams again this summer.
With four of five teams making the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 – the Miami Dolphins being the only exception – it wasn’t like the region didn’t have the chance to hoist at least one trophy.
But, the Miami Heat, Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers trio came empty and raised the whole question: Which team had the most disappointing ending?
(Yes, Inter Miami made the first round of the MLS playoffs last season and lost, but we’re giving them a slight assist because it was an expansion season.)
Miami Heat (lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs to Milwaukee)
The last team to win a championship in South Florida made some serious playoff history: they became the second team in the current NBA Playoff format to spend a year at their first-round nemesis and to be swept the following season.
In this latest series alone, the sixth-seeded Heat went from a two-point overtime loss in Game 1 to losing the next three by 34, 29 and 17 points – just one season after making the Finals of the NBA and thinking Miami was better than they actually were.
Since the “ Big Three ” era early in the last decade, the Heat have arguably been the most polarizing team in the NBA. With this early exit from the playoffs, the pressure will now be on the front office and team president Pat Riley to make some adjustments to last longer than one playoff series.
Florida Panthers (lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tampa Bay)
There will be a serious debate on both sides of the issue in this one after the Cats abandoned Game 6 of their opening series last Wednesday in the home arena of their interstate rivals.
On the one hand, it was a Florida team that finished ahead of the Lightning in the regular season and ended up having to come back in both Games 3 and 5 just to keep the series interesting and later keep it alive for another. match.
On the flip side, it was a Panthers team that had their best regular season since 2017-18 and latched onto the playoffs with a team from Tampa Bay who are the reigning NHL champions. If Florida can keep their core talent together, a deeper playoff streak could take place as early as next season.
Miami Marlins (lost in National League Divisional Series to the Atlanta Braves)
Okay, we can all be honest for a moment: The fact that the Marlins were able to have a 2020 season should be applauded after 10 of their first 16 scheduled games last season were postponed due to a COVID outbreak- 19.
Miami entered the playoffs without ever losing a playoff in two previous appearances and took care of business in the Wild Card round against the Chicago Cubs – before the Marlins were swept away in three games by rivals of the Atlanta Division.
The Marlins struggled to start the 2021 season, starting Monday with a 24-28 record that keeps them from even sniffing a playoff berth at this point. So, for the second time in franchise history, Miami could follow a playoff trip with a losing season.