NBA teams are approaching the stretch of the season that will determine their playoff fates. With more than half of the season in the books, the playoff picture is starting to take shape.
The teams atop the conferences have all but guaranteed playoff spots. They will battle it out to see who can claim home court advantage.
Then there are the teams fighting to remain playoff relevant.
In the East, six teams will be competing for the last three playoff spots.
The West is much more up for grabs with five teams currently outside the top eight that could squeak into the postseason.
These races are sure to come down to the wire and there is good potential for the littlest thing to be the difference.
Here are some players who will be returning from injury with the hopes of being that difference maker.