2012 didn’t end the way the Miami Heat wanted.
While their four game road trip at the end of the year ended with a 2-2 record, it could have easily been 0-4. It would not have mattered that LeBron James continued his season long streak of scoring at least 20 points in a game. It would not have mattered that Dwyane Wade was suspended for one of those games. It would not have mattered that the team would only fall to second place in the NBA Eastern Conference.
None of those facts would have mattered if Miami finished 2012 on a four game losing streak. Luckily for the Heat, the team is still in first place in the East and won their last game of 2012.
Miami hopes to leave the rocky road trip behind and start 2013 on the winning path with a three game home stand. It starts tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, whom the Heat blew out in their first meeting. The game will be slightly different from the last since Dirk Nowitzski is back playing. Then on Friday will be the first game this season between the Heat and a Chicago Bulls team still without Derrick Rose. The home stand ends on January 6 against the Washington Wizards.
After the home stand Miami will hope to have momentum as the team will begin a six game road trip. Almost all of the games will be out West after the trip starts against the Indiana Pacers.
The road will be a familiar place for the Heat in January with eight of the 13 games scheduled will be away from American Airlines Arena.