The Portland Trail Blazers have navigated a game without their star player. The Charlotte Hornets are trying to find the right mix with roster adjustments as well.
Player availability tends to be a major theme for many teams, including these two clubs as they prepare to meet Sunday night in Charlotte, N.C.
The Hornets have a four-game losing streak for the second time this season. They'd like to avoid their first five-game skid of the season.