The Heat rolled into the All-Star break on a seven-game winning streak, a full four games in front of the rest of the Eastern Conference, in prime position as they pursue their second straight championship.
And yet, on a scale of 10, where do they stand?
"I'd say we're a 7," Chris Bosh said.
That may seem to low to some, with the Heat on a 59-win pace.
Still, Bosh's perspective makes sense, in light of the expectations.
“We haven’t put a string of wins together on the road yet,” Bosh said. “We’re going to be facing that challenge, and we have plenty of opportunities when we start back playing.”
As LeBron James put it:
“You know, we’re at a ‘7’ and I think that’s exactly where we want to be right now. We don’t want to be at a ‘10,’ with 50 games played. Right now, we’re about at a ‘7,’ but our ‘7’ has an arrow that’s going up. And that’s exactly where we want to be. And we look forward to getting all the way to ‘10’ at the latter part of the season.”
So what should be the five goals as they go forward?
(All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were accurate as of Tuesday afternoon.)