The Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings are each anxiously awaiting the return of a key player. Sacramento has done a better job of weathering the storm in the meantime.
Cleveland, which has lost eight of 10, hopes a Wednesday night home game against Sacramento - one of the NBA's worst road teams - will help stop its latest slide.
The Cavaliers own the league's second-worst record at 7-25, and they've also been trying to overcome the absence of Anderson Varejao for the last six games. The NBA's top rebounder (14.4 per game) has been dealing with a bruised right knee.
He returned to practice on Monday, but remains questionable for Wednesday's game.
"He looked decent today," coach Byron Scott said of Varejao, who's also averaging 14.1 points. "He was moving OK. He still says when he plants to jump is when he feels pain, but it's nowhere near as severe as it was four or five days ago. Obviously he's making progress."