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Magic center Dwight Howard was diagnosed by a doctor in Los Angeles with a herniated disc in his lower back, a team spokesman said.
Howard sat out the Magic's 109-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night, the fifth game he's missed in Orlando's last seven outings.
Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had previously been called back spasms since he injured his back at the end of March.
There is no timetable for his return. It will be based on how he responds to treatment.
Howard is scheduled to fly back to Orlando on Saturday.
The Magic are now 1-4 without him this season.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says Howard was in pain following the team's practice Thursday, and the coach wasn't optimistic of him being ready to play at Cleveland on Sunday or against Philadelphia on Monday.
The Magic entered Friday tied in place in the Eastern Conference with Atlanta, though the Hawks hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. They remained in the same spot following the loss.
Sitting out his fifth game, Howard set a new personal high for missed games in a season. He missed four games last year.
Prior to this season, Howard had only missed two games in his career due to injury. The rest were either because of illness or suspension.
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Without injured star Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic might have a tough time extending their recent stretch of success against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Magic center Dwight Howard underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Friday on a herniated disk in his lower back.
Howard is done for the season and will miss the summer Olympics, but team doctor Craig Mintzer said the All-Star was doing well and is expected to make a complete recovery in about four months.
Mintzer said: ''He shouldn'...
The Orlando Magic and center Dwight Howard received some devastating news on Friday according to a report from the “Orlando Sentinel” on Friday night. The All-Star center was examined in Southern California on Friday to be examined by spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins and diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back.
Howard is on the shelf indefinitely; it is unclear whether...
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was diagnosed by a doctor in Los Angeles with a herniated disc in his lower back, a team spokesman said Friday.Howard flew out earlier Friday to receive a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins. His initial diagnosis was back spasms. Howard is expected to fly back to Orlando where he will undergo treatment on Saturday. There is no timetable for...
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will have his ailing back reevaluated in 10 days, according to the team’s GM Otis Smith.The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Howard, who was diagnosed with a herniated disc Friday, has no timetable for a return and that the team isn’t ruling out missing the reigning three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the upcoming playoffs.“Look...
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will attempt to treat the herniated disk in his lower back with rest and rehabilitation for the next 10-14 days and then be re-evaluated, a source familiar with Howard's condition told ESPN The Magazine.
This means Howard won't be suiting up to face the Celtics at the Garden this Wednesday. So, that adds another winnable game for...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Magic center Dwight Howard will sit out Orlando's home game Friday night against Atlanta because of back spasms.
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy made the announcement at the team's morning shoot around, adding that backup point guard Chris Duhon is also still questionable after missing the past two games with a suspension and sore foot, respectively.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard's ailing back caused him to seek a second opinion.
By venturing to Los Angeles with team physical therapist Ed Manalo, Howard will miss Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Howard has missed the Magic's last two contests due to back spasms.
The superstar center is averaging 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds this season.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jannero Pargo hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams each had 16 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 109-81 on Friday night
The Hawks earned their third straight win over the Magic this season and have now won six consecutive regular-season meetings over their division mates.
Atlanta shot 50 percent...
The Orlando Magic were hopeful a five-day break would be enough rest for Dwight Howard's sore back so he could take the court for a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
It turns out he won't return, although his presence might not have made that much difference anyway.
In a matchup of teams tied for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, Orlando hopes to avoid losing a sixth...
The NBA playoffs begin in just more than two weeks, and the identity of the Orlando Magics first-round opponent is still very much up in the air. However, it is a near certainty that the Magic will play one of three teams in the first round: Atlanta, Boston or Indiana.
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Maybe the Cavaliers should have kept Luke Harangody around for this game, too.
On paper, the Cavaliers should have had a chance in this game. With Dwight Howard already out for this game with an injury, his backup Big Baby Davis went down with injury early in this contest. That should have cracked the door open for the Cavaliers to play a tough game and sneak out a win.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jameer Nelson scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Orlando led from wire-to-wire despite playing without star center Dwight Howard, who has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back.
The news the Magic made the postseason took...