A month ago, after a loss at the Orlando Magic, the 76ers had four days of practice before their next game.

At that time, the Sixers said they were embracing the layoff and working out the offensive kinks created by the off-season acquisition of power forward Elton Brand.

Now, the Sixers face another significant layoff: This one until Wednesday's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And there are still question marks - kinks - to be addressed after the Sixers' less-than-ideal 9-12 start.

The biggest question mark is the strained right hamstring of Brand, the team's leading scorer, who has missed the last two games after injuring the hamstring in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

After Saturday night's loss to the Nets, in which Brand didn't play, he spoke about the injury, which he said has been an "ongoing thing."

Brand said the hamstring had been a lingering issue, one which he was trying to play through. Brand said he will use these three days for "treatment, rest, treatment." He said he thinks he will be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Cavaliers.

On the court, the Sixers said they are still figuring out what works. They are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from the 3-point line.

In the Sixers' last two games - both without Brand - coach Maurice Cheeks started using forward Donyell Marshall. In those two games, Marshall has scored a total of 21 points and provided an outside shooting threat, something the Sixers sorely lack.

Marshall's productivity is going in the opposite direction of starting center Samuel Dalembert's. In the last six games, Dalembert has gone scoreless in three. Saturday night against the Nets he was 0 for 6.

Today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Sixers will hold the first of three days of practice.

Three days to continue improving, and address the question marks, before facing LeBron James and his Cavaliers.