The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is in the books, and now it's back to business for the Houston Rockets. The main question heading into the second half of the season is where will the team go from here.
When Houston returns to action on Feb. 19 against the Lakers, it will be riding a seven-game winning streak. The team is 37-17, which has earned it the third spot in the Western Conference and second place in the Southwest Division.
Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons have grown into one of the league's most devastating young trios. Meanwhile, forward Terrence Jones continues to make a name for himself as one of this season's breakout stars.
However, an NBA season isn't a sprint. It's a marathon. Houston's hot first half will be rendered meaningless if it can't make good on its goal to contend for a championship immediately. As the team works to establish an identity, these next four months will tell the story of who this team is.
To make the final stretch more interesting, here are five predictions for the Houston Rockets as they come out of the All-Star break.