With the Mad Ants losing at Maine on Sunday night, there isn't much of a margin for error over the next three weeks of the season if they hope to make the D-League payoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Despite the loss in Portland, Fort Wayne still has a hold on the last available playoff spot. The Ants (19-23) are a half-game up on Texas (19-24).
So in terms of getting over the elusive playoff hump, the Ants' next eight games are pivotal. Five will be at home, including a two-game series Thursday and Saturday against Springfield - a team the Ants are 6-0 against.
What was a team strength has now become a question mark. Without Walker Russell Jr. running the point, the Ants have a point guard-by-committee, and it was a committee that had only 12 assists against Maine on Sunday. The Red Claws, in comparison, had 28 assists.