After a long and eventful All-Star weekend, the Heat start up the 2nd half of the season on Thursday in Portland where they take on Lamarcus Aldridge and the Trailblazers. Although 6 players participated in All-Star weekend, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade playing heavy minutes in the final game on Sunday, the Heat will go into the game with plenty of rest.
For Miami, it gives them some time to rest and recuperate. Also, the Heat will need the rest considering they start the 2nd half of the season on a 3 game road trip that starts in Portland, then Utah, then L.A., where they will meet the Lakers.
The Heat will face tough tests on the road, but they seem to be more together than ever. If they can continue to play with the amazing chemistry that they have been, Miami will keep winning. Come back for a preview of the Portland game on Thursday!