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Magic expect to have Dwight Howard back Friday night

Apr 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

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Dwight Howard didn’t play for Orlando Tuesday night and they lost to the lowly Wizards. That says just about all you need to know about how good they are without Howard (and why ownership is so desperate to keep him).

Expect Howard to suit up Friday night when the Magic take on the Hawks in a game that could have all kinds of playoff implications. He has already missed four games due to back spasms.

Here is what Stan Van Gundy said to the Orlando Sentinel.

“He’s getting better,” Van Gundy said. “So we’re not concerned.”

Van Gundy said that Howard could have played agains the Wizards, but said the team didn’t want him taking contact now in the post.

Orlando is currently the six seed in the East, and with Philadelphia three games back in the seven spot Orlando is not likely to fall back without a total collapse. Which they have looked on the verge of lately.

Orlando is half a game back of Atlanta in the five seed and a game and a half back of the Pacers with the three seed. Boston is the four seed — and the hottest team, which means teams may be trying hard to avoid them in the first round.

  1. ezmagic - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Hey Kurt you didn’t mention it was the 2nd night of a back to back where they blew out the pistons by 30 without Dwight on monday night. Hedo and duhon were also out. Oh and you also forgot Ryan anderson just came back from a sprained ankle injury too. Kurt you’re such a magic hater. Youre the poster child for haterade.

    • raidmagic - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Of course he isn’t going to point out the positive side of things, that’s reserved for the Heat

  2. charlutes - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I love Jalen Rose. Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are COMPLETE idiots.

    • raidmagic - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      While true how does that relate to this article

      • dvill3 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Because the hommie went in on Skip the other day and Steven A. was being the typical UNCLE TOM house negro once again.

        J Rose had a point to Skip and ALL the other “REPORTERS” that say dumbasz shid about professional athletes and their respected skill levels. Yea, some players might not be as good as others (no shid) but Ill bet my last dollar on the statically worst player in the NBA against anybody bogging, reporting or commentator commentating on how much a professional athlete who makes millions of dollar to PLAY THE GAME sucks…

        The only sucking going on is Skip and Steven A.. on some Shaq n Kobe shid (“my bumb is on your lips, my bumb is on your lips”), hahaa!

        @vill3nGang

  3. skinsdiehard - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Kurt who? The Wiz are playing better and are a much better defensive team now without McGee and Young. The team isn’t “lowly”; they’re learning. Couple more pieces to go with Wall and Nene and they are playoff bound.

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