The next few days will determine plenty about how the Milwaukee Bucks approach the final 31 games of the season.
And whatever happens before Thursday's league trade deadline also could have a serious long-term effect on the Bucks' fortunes.
Bucks general manager John Hammond faces a dilemma with his two starting point guards.
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis have led the team into playoff position at the all-star break, although the Bucks have been on a roller-coaster ride thus far.
They are 26-25 and in the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, which would put them in a first-round matchup against LeBron James and the Miami Heat, if the season ended right now.
But the Bucks are pointing toward the playoffs, no matter the seeding, after missing out for the past two seasons and five of the last six years.
So what to do with Jennings and Ellis?
The grand backcourt experiment has produced mixed results and there were signs of fraying last week. But Ellis bounced back from a subpar effort against Detroit with strong games against Washington and Philadelphia. He had 27 points against the 76ers to help carry the Bucks to a 94-92 victory that ended a four-game skid.
Trade rumors circulated about Jennings in the national media Wednesday, and the fourth-year Bucks guard was forced to answer those questions before helping Milwaukee edge the 76ers (21 points, five assists, four steals).
Bucks' future to be determined at trade deadline
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 17