ORLANDO FL - DECEMBER 18: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a shot against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on December 18 2010 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia 76ers look to snap out of their recent doldrums when they meet the dysfunctional Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers host the Orlando Magic on Saturday as both teams attempt to deal with turmoil. (Game Time: 8 p.m. ET, TV Schedule: ESPN)
Orlando's problems have been well-documented and reached a new peak this week when Stan Van Gundy acknowledged to reporters that Dwight Howard wants the head coach fired. Philadelphia's are less overt, but Kate Fagan reports that players have begun to tune out Doug Collins as a result of his demanding style.
The Sixers have dropped four of their last six outings, including a 99-78 thumping against the lowly Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Philadelphia has been fortunate that the Boston Celtics lost two winnable games recently, but the Sixers still trail Boston by a game in the Atlantic Division standings.
With controversy swirling in Orlando, the Magic have lost five straight, the last being a 96-80 defeat to the New York Knicks on Thursday. Dwight Howard managed just eight points and eight rebounds against the Knicks, sparking speculation that he purposely played poorly to help push Van Gundy out the door.