Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s eventful few days — Saturday engagement to Gabrielle Union, team holiday party presents Saturday night, named Eastern Conference Player of the Week Monday — ended with a Monday night of rest.
“It’s just part of the plan,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He was a little sore today.
“Jay and I decided it was best for him not to play tonight.” Spoelstra said, referring to Heat trainer Jay Sabol.
Wade has said whether he’ll play each day is a decision made by Spoelstra and Sabol — Wade won’t sit himself — depending on how Wade’s feeling.
Last week, Wade clearly felt good — averaging 26 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from three-point range, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and two steals in the Heat’s three games, all wins.
Wade’s spot in the dress lineup went to forward Michael Beasley and his mended hamstring. Beasley didn’t play in the first half, but got in early in the third quarter and assisted on a basket by Ray Allen, the replacement for Wade in the starting lineup.
The green jackets Wade gave each of his teammates as a Christmas present both commemorate their 2012-13 NBA Championship and act as homage to the tradition at golf’s greatest tournament, The Masters, of giving the champion a green jacket.
Though not a golfer, LeBron James said, “I do respect those golfers who’ve won the Masters over the years. It’s unbelievable the focus you have to have to compete against, not your opponent, but to compete against the green, against the weather, against yourself. I’ve always been fascinated with those guys.”
This and that
• Sitting at the game in front of Heat president Pat Riley was Louisville coach Rick Pitino, whose No. 6 Louisville team bashed FIU Saturday night, 85-56. Pitino’s son, Richard Pitino, in his first year coaching at Minnesota after one season at FIU, also was at the game.
• Wade and Greg Oden were the Heat inactives. Atlanta scratched 6-7 forward Cartier Martin and 6-4 guard Jared Cunningham.
• The Heat’s only team activity Tuesday will be flying to Los Angeles for the Christmas Day game against the Lakers.