While his teammates are hitting the beach, Heat forward James Johnson will be hitting the weights

Miami Heat forward James Johnson plans to stick to his work-out routine during the break. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Heat forward James Johnson plans to stick to his work-out routine during the break. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

While many of his teammates will be on a Caribbean vacation, or chillin’ on a beach or just relaxing with their families, Miami Heat forward James Johnson has other plans for the six-day break.

Johnson will get away by going to. … the gym.

That’s right, Miami’s most improved player candidate, its enforcer, the man who plays hard every night and will protect any teammate at any time, said he had plenty of time to “decompress” on the team flight back from Houston late Wednesday.

“This year is not the time for me to do that,” Johnson said before Miami’s victory over the Rockets on Wednesday. “I’m going to stick to my grind, stick to my same routine with the weights and keep everything flowing the same way so I’m not trying to come in after the All-Star break and trying to get my rhythm back.”

The Heat have won 14-of-16 to climb back in to the playoff race and Johnson is a big reason why. The 6-foot-8, multi-skilled forward who has been on six different teams in his eight-year career, is having his best season posting career bests with 12.2 points, 3.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds.

Johnson scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games for the first time this season last week, including back-to-back games of 26 against Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

Even coach Erik Spoelstra suggests his players “don’t think about the game” for about three days before going back into their routines.

But that’s not Johnson’s style.

“I’ve never traveled anywhere other than where I was playing at,” Johnson said. “Last year I was in Toronto. I was just fortunate to be there during that time.

“I know a day or two off is going throw me off my goal. So I’m not going to take it.”

The 29-year-old Johnson is looking at the biggest payday of his life. Johnson’s highest one-year salary was $2.8 million before signing a one-year deal for $4 million with Miami last summer. Now, he is looking at somewhere around $10 million a year if he maintains this pace.

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