If the Orlando Magic are going to make a deep postseason run, they'll have to do so without Dwight Howard.
Simply qualifying for the playoffs is the first step for the Utah Jazz.
Orlando will play its first game since receiving the news that Howard won't play again until next season when it visits Utah on Saturday night.
Howard's bad back requires surgery that will keep him out of the lineup through the postseason and this summer's Olympics, meaning Orlando (36-26) must continue pushing forward without its superstar.
The Magic fell to 3-5 without Howard after a 102-98 loss to Boston on Wednesday. Glen Davis scored 27 points and Jameer Nelson added 21 for Orlando, which also has played the last seven without Hedo Turkoglu after he had surgery to repair three facial fractures.
The Magic, sixth in the Eastern Conference with a playoff berth clinched, play three of their final four regular-season games on the road.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said the team is rallying around each other d...