Howard’s Herniated Disk Could Mean Quick Playoff Ouster
Back spasms will no longer be the listed cause of Dwight Howard sitting out. Unfortunately for the Orlando Magic, it’s worse.
“After flying out to Los Angeles to see a specialist (Dr. Robert Watkins), All-Star center Dwight Howard was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back.” - Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com
That news was announced after the Magic were trounced at home by the Atlanta Hawks, the team sitting in front of them in the Eastern Conference Playoff standings. While no timetable has been established for Dwight’s return, it is doubtful that he would return prior to the beginning of the playoffs.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Magic and their 34-25 record currently sit in the 6th seed, which would pit them against the Indiana Pacers. Philadelphia and New York are 7 and 8 and trail Orlando by three games. Five of Orlando’s final seven games are against team’s with winning records.
The Magic are 1-4 without Howard in the lineup this season. If the Magic continue to struggle without Dwight (and Hedo Turkoglu), they
could potentially will likely slide to the 7th or 8th seed which would mean a matchup with either Chicago or Miami, and an almost guaranteed one and done trip to the playoffs.