Some NBA teams just haven't gotten it yet and their title hopes are plummeting.
Roughly a quarter of the NBA season is in the books, and there are a bunch of teams still struggling to find an identity. The worrisome ones are those thought to be title contenders at the outset of the 2012-13 regular season.
Of course, anything can happen with a lot of games left, but as it stands right now, five teams in search of a championship are finding that route a lot more hazy than they did a month ago.
"Injuries to stars" has been a common early-season theme around the league. We are now hearing about quite a few return dates being pushed back beyond December. Once we get into late January and February, it is going to get a lot harder for players to return to teams and drastically affect the outcome of their season.
Then again, maybe some teams just don't have it in them this year.
The statistics used in this story are accurate as of December 9, 2012.