Erik Spoelstra's squad is dealing with a number of injuries, and he will at least begin the road trip without three key players...for somewhat unknown reasons.
Hassan Whiteside did not make the trip, as he remained in Miami for the birth of his first child. Wayne Ellington also did not travel due to personal reasons, and the team will miss Dion Waiters as well (though Goran Dragic returns).
Hassan Whiteside and Wayne Ellington are not traveling with the Heat due to personal reasons, Whiteside for the birth of his first child. Dion Waiters also is not traveling, but Goran Dragic (knee) is.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 6, 2018
Dragic continues to work towards a return from a right knee injury that has kept him out of Miami's last eight games, and
Heat without Hassan Whiteside, Wayne Ellington to open six-game trip. https://t.co/1CNnHojQAH— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 6, 2018
Nine Heat players have already combined to miss 75 games due to injury or personal reasons this season.
Considering the injuries, a 3-3 finish to the trip should be the ultimate goal.