It’s one thing to lose in heartbreaking fashion, a la Mario Elie and his 1995 “kiss of death”. When that happens, although it hurts, you know that you are close. A roster tweak here, a coaching adjustment there. You have confidence that your team can run it back the following season.
It begs the question, how do you recover from this?
This wasn’t just a Game 7 loss, which is something that you can put in the rearview and overcome.