The home stretch is beginning with the NBA All-Star game, a game in which the Charlotte Bobcats were the only top-8 Eastern Conference team who did not have a representative, in the rear-view mirror.
At 25-30, Charlotte has already exceeded expectations, having already eclipsed both of the previous two seasons' win totals.
The question remains if the Cats are ready to make the jump from being a laughing stock to a playoff team. It would be a quick turnaround for a team so used to wallowing in the basement of the standings.
What happens over the final 29 games is anybody's guess. However, we do know this team has passed the point of mailing it in. There had been a good handful of significant injuries to marquee players, instances where Charlotte could have gone into tank mode again.
Steve Clifford will not let this team quit in the second half. That much is certain. As for the other variables, what better time to make predictions for the rest of the year than now?