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.