Apr 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EST
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.
- Wednesday night NBA Grades: LaMarcus Aldridge is a flat out stud 0
- Arena evacuated after apparent fire, Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed 12
- Milwaukee police release video, cite Larry Sanders for bar fight 11
- PBT Extra: Focusing on “epic showdown” between Knicks, Nets 5
- Carmelo Anthony: “We are the laughingstock of the league right now” 25
- LeBron says Wade is “getting that Kobe deal” in next contract. Should he? (63)
- Report: Dion Waiters accused Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson of playing “buddy ball.” (53)
- Michael Beasley finding a role, groove in Miami (41)
- The Extra Pass: Our awards at the quarter pole, plus Monday recaps (41)
- With game in balance, Jason Kidd tells player to “hit me,” spills drink, gets psuedo timeout to draw up play (40)