NBA Power Rankings: Are the Miami Heat the league's hottest team?

The Miami Heat have been among the hottest teams in the league, but where do they stand among other contenders making their playoff push?

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat
Boston Celtics v Miami Heat / Megan Briggs/GettyImages
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3. Miami Heat 

Winners of 10 of their last 13 games, the Miami Heat seem to have turned their season around and are now in position to grab one of the top six seeds in the East.

The biggest difference has been the play of Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 23.8 points on 54.3% shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists over the last 10 games. Butler has been open about it being “that time” of the season and with that comes more 3-point shooting.

Butler is shooting 56.1% on 2.9 3-point attempts per game over his last 14 games. When Butler is pulling up from deep, it opens up the rest of Miami’s offense, which ranks 10th in halfcourt offense since Feb. 1, per Cleaning the Glass.

The Heat have statement wins over the Bucks, Pelicans and Kings and narrow losses against the Celtics (four points) and Nuggets (six points) that should inspire confidence in how this team would fare in a seven-game series.