This is an important game for the Heat.
The Miami Heat have put together a three game winning streak but why should anyone be that impressed?
The Heat remain just 12-8 on the year and a 60% winning percentage isn't exactly what most Heat fans had in mind when they accepted the ticket price hike earlier this year.
In their last three games the Heat have only beaten soft competition as Cleveland, Detroit, and Washington are not strong teams this season. Combined those three teams have just 19 wins on the year so you have to wonder if the Heat just fluffed up a bit against nobodies and maybe things will be returning back to normal soon.
We'll get some insight on Saturday when Miami host Atlanta.
The Hawks sit higher than Miami in the standings at this time and even though the game will come from Florida, it's still going to be a test for Miami. Atlanta are road warriors so far this season as they are 7-2 in away games at this point and that's actually better than Miami's home record of 9-3.
Lebron James promises to be the difference maker as he is clearly the best player on the Heat so far this season. James leads the Heat in points per game (24.1), assists per game (7.5), and steals per game (1.6) while Joe Johnson is Atlanta's best player so far this season as he averages 17.1 points per game and 5.2 assists per game - both team highs.
Game time on Saturday is at 7:30pm ET.