The trip was full of drama, both on and off the court. It also featured the team witnessing one of their own make history in LeBron James. What mattered most though was that the Heat at least broke even, ending the trip with a 3-3 record. Now the team has a few days to rest.
The Heat do certainly need the rest.
James, who became the youngest player to score 20,000 points along with joining the 5,000 assist club in the trip’s fifth game, has been playing extensive minutes recently for Miami. Given that he had one of the most eventful and decorated years an individual player has had in 2012, James is probably welcoming the time off.
One player who is certain to welcome time off is Shane Battier. He has been sidelined for most of the road trip with a hamstring injury, and was clearly shooting poorly from the perimeter when he came back. A few more days to recover form the injury would likely get him back in form.
Two others that be might welcome this time off but for different reasons are Dwyane Wade and head coach Erik Spoelstra. An incident where Spoelstra benched Wade for the entire fourth quarter as the Heat were coming back from a large deficit against the Utah Jazz provided the media with a controversy to cover. A break from the reporter pool that covers the team might be what both men need to have the incident fade away.
The Heat head back to the court on January 23 for a two-game home stretch.