Despite a splendid performance from Isaiah Thomas in the most recent game, the Sacramento Kings are on the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season.
A more favorable set of games might give them a chance to end their woes.
The Kings will try to avoid a fifth straight defeat and a season high-tying fourth in a row at home Monday night when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers, losers in seven of nine.
Three of Sacramento's past four opponents have sported winning records with Eastern Conference leader Miami the latest of those. The Heat dealt the Kings a 128-99 defeat Saturday in the third of their five consecutive games at Sleep Train Arena.
"Obviously this game got away from us in the first quarter," coach Keith Smart said. "The game was over in the first five minutes for the most part."
Sacramento (13-24) might have better luck during the conclusion of that homestand as it will welcome in two of the East's worst teams, Cleveland (9-30) and Washington.