The Miami Heat entered the All-Star break with the best record in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James believes the team's best basketball is still ahead.

The Heat are third in the NBA with a 36-14 record and have won seven straight. But on a scale of 1 to 10, James rates the Heat's play at a seven. And he's OK with that.

"I think that's exactly what we want to be right now," James said before Saturday's All-Star practice. "We don't want to be at a 10 with 50-plus games to be played [including playoffs]. Right now we're about at a seven. But our seven has an arrow that's going up."

For Miami to take the next step, coach Erik Spoelstra wants to see his club improve against other playoff contenders in the East. The Heat are 0-5 combined against the Pacers, Bulls and Knicks. Miami has six games total remaining against those teams.