Last year it was injuries that plagued the Portland Trail Blazers.
This year it was an unexpected retirement, a lack of mesh time because of the lockout and then an all-out fire sale, as it replaced two starters and a head coach.
Those left on this ship with no sails are doing an admirable job of keeping it afloat. It may not be running full steam ahead, but it's not sinking either.
This is a breakdown of who is playing the best and doing the most to keep Portland's head above water in the last few weeks, starting with the team's worst player and building toward its best.