Now that All-Star weekend is over, and Goran Dragic and Miles Plumlee represented the Phoenix Suns for a total of about 15 minutes, it's time for the players to refocus and prepare for a playoff push.
The Suns are 30-21, good enough for seventh in a tough Western Conference. At this point, it is too late to consider tanking. Barely missing out on the playoffs (giving the team the 14th pick in the draft) would be the worst-case scenario for this rebuilding squad.
But maintaining that playoff spot for 31 more games will be difficult, especially with the Golden State Warriors a half-game behind Phoenix and the Memphis Grizzlies streaking toward the postseason as well.
The Suns' season has been miraculous and totally unexpected. Now that 51 games have passed, the team's success can not be dismissed as a fluke. The Suns should continue to be just as intriguing and competitive in the second half.
That said, here are some post All-Star break predictions for the Suns.