Fifty-four games down and 28 more to go.
If you squint your eyes and look out over the horizon, you'll notice a red-and-white strand of tape that signifies the finish line for each and every regular season for the Toronto Raptors.
In most cases, a horde of disgruntled fans is waiting there with pitchforks and flaming torches, preparing for a sacrificial burning of yet another disappointing year.
The basketball gods rarely take notice, at least not in recent memory. The team hasn't finished with a record above .500 since 2006-07 while also failing to qualify for the postseason each year since 2008.
The hearts of fans all over the country were bleeding red but for all the wrong reasons. The only problem was that instead of patching their wounds, they would ignore their symptoms and continue returning to the Air Canada Centre to repeat the process all over again.
Things seem different now, though. The cycle feels like it's running on empty, which is obviously a good thing.
Optimism is up, the roster is improved, and against all odds, the Raptors are in a prime position to end their drought of mediocrity.
A record of 29-25 will get the juices flowing.
Can the Raptors sustain this success? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, or are we being set up for agony and defeat?
The second half of the season is under way. Here's what you have to look forward to over the coming months.
Note: All statistics/salary information is current as of Feb. 19 and is courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.