With the Houston Rockets' season down to its final 48 minutes, fans can start recycling the highs and lows of the 2010-11 campaign and begin looking ahead to next year.
The lows were a 5-12 start, a number of missed opportunities down the stretch in close games, and another failed comeback attempt by Yao Ming.
But a series of recent highs should have Red Nation counting down the days to next year's tipoff. Like a 16-8 record since the All-Star break, a stretch that saw wins over title contenders such as the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs, and road victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Hornets.
Nearly all of its roster is under contract for next season, so the goal should be to rejoin the playoff pack. However, if the Rockets can carry the momentum of this finishing kick into the start of 2011-12, they would be on pace to win around 55 games.
Do they have the look of a 55-win team? Probably not, but a free-agent signing here and a minor tweak there, and suddenly the possibilities are endless.
For now, let's look at 10 reasons why Rockets fans can be optimistic about next season.