One-sentence progress reports for all 30 NBA teams as they enter the home stretch

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Central Division

Detroit Pistons: The good news for the Pistons is that they are no longer the worst team after Washington tied them but they are still on pace to win just 13 games this season, which would be one of the worst single-seasons in NBA history.

Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers are the hottest team in the NBA right now after January 1st, with their win over the Mavericks on February 27th, which included a 59-foot game winner from Max Struss, only confirming that.

Milwaukee Bucks: The Doc Rivers era in Milwaukee hasn't had the smoothest of starts, having gone 8-8 thus far, and the Bucks have the second-toughest remaining schedule, which should make them a team to watch down the stretch.

Indiana Pacers: Despite making one of the splashier in-season moves to acquire Pascal Siakam, they are only 11-10 since January 17, 2024, proving that they are still a work in progress.

Chicago Bulls: After losing Zach LaVine for the season, the Bulls have quietly played better than expected and look like a lock for the play-in tournament.