With a three-game road trip looming (Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia), Heat players returned to work Tuesday as an upbeat group, riding the emotional high of a seven-game winning streak and eager to embark on a 32-game-in-57-days post-All-Star break odyssey that will carry them into the playoffs.
“After the All-Star break, it’s time to really start putting everything together,” Chris Bosh said. “The games are going to start getting more intense, and guys are really, really playing for something.”
Concerns about the Heat’s uneven play on the road have dissipated somewhat after convincing recent wins in New Jersey and, particularly, Oklahoma City.
“We have a heck of a March ahead of us, and this is the time of year everyone playing for something looks forward to,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Dwyane Wade cautions: “It’s going to be a tough second half” — including nine sets of back-to-back games. That doesn’t concern LeBron James, who noted Tuesday: “I get stronger on back-to-backs.”
Sizing up where each of the key players stand heading out of the break:James:
“He’s the most-versatile player of all time,” Magic Johnson said. “Kudos to him for improving his game.”Wade: