With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, there's no time left for miraculous turnarounds or shattered dreams.
The postseason picture is becoming clearer by the day. Twelve playoff tickets have already been punched. Three of the remaining four could be decided in the coming days.
If teams haven't lived up to their potential by now, they won't. Those clubs fortunate enough to have outperformed their talent level won't be undoing 70-plus games of work now.
For most of the league's 30 teams, the 82-game season has played out as expected.
Among those 12 teams that have already clinched a playoff berth, only one (the Brooklyn Nets) was denied a postseason seat a year ago. And of the 10 teams already eliminated from postseason contention, just one team (the Orlando Magic) didn't experience that same sense of defeat last season.
But several franchises could have never predicted they'd be in their current situation. Whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on which team you're discussing.