3 things to watch this week: Can Miami Heat continue winning ways on road trip?

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, center Willie Reed, center, forward James Johnson, second from right, and forward Luke Babbitt, right, react during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, center Willie Reed, center, forward James Johnson, second from right, and forward Luke Babbitt, right, react during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 96-73. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PHILADELPHIA — The Heat enter the week on a two-game winning streak.

Can Miami continue its winning ways on the road? That’s one of the three things we’ll be watching this week.

How will the Heat finish the road trip?: The Heat began their four-game trip with a 114-111 win over the Wizards on Saturday night to improve to 4-8 this season. Next up on the trip is a game against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday night, followed by a matchup with the Pistons in Auburn Hills on Wednesday and a matchup with the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday. Although it’s a long trip that spans seven days, Miami has to take advantage of an otherwise favorable schedule. The Heat’s four opponents on the trip have posted a combined 20-32 record this season.

Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington watch: There’s a chance that both Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will return from injury this week. Winslow has missed three consecutive games with a sprained left wrist, but said Saturday that he’s feeling “less pain for sure.” Meanwhile, Ellington is itching to make his regular-season debut after suffering a right thigh contusion in Miami’s final preseason game on Oct. 21. Ellington participated in “parts of shootaround” on Saturday for the first time since going down with the injury and he’s hopeful he’ll be able to make his return at some point during the road trip.

Catching up with David Fizdale: After spending two seasons as the Heat’s assistant head coach next to Erik Spoelstra, David Fizdale left Miami to become the Grizzlies’ head coach this past offseason. Spoelstra will face his close friend and former assistant for the first time since the move Friday when the Heat take on the Grizzlies in Memphis. Spoelstra said during the preseason that he still keeps in touch with Fizdale. That’s not a surprise since they’re friends and now share similar day-to-day experiences as NBA head coaches. “We both can now commiserate with whatever issues we’re dealing with,” Spoelstra said. “But it’s not necessarily to ask for advice, it’s more to vent.”

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