Dwight Howard likely OUT on Friday
Dwight Howard’s sore back remains the current most bothersome distraction facing the Orlando Magic. Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Dwight is unlikely to play on Friday night when the Magic face off against the Hawks at the Amway Center.
“I don’t think I’m going to play,” Howard said.
“There’s nothing I can really do but continue to stay on it, stretch, get massages, do whatever I can. I’m just trying not to let it happen again, but I don’t want to go out there till I’m 100 percent. My team needs me playing 100 percent and not out there playing 60 or 70 percent.”
Howard hasn’t played since reactivating the injury in last Saturday night’s victory against the 76ers. The team beat the Detroit Pistons on Monday night without D12, but lost to the lowly Wizards on Tuesday night on the road. Getting Dwight healthy heading into the playoffs is more important at this point than actual playoff seeding. With 8 regular season games remaining, the Magic sit in the 6th seed.