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Report: Dwight Howard out two weeks, re-evaluated for playoffs

Apr 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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It doesn’t look promising, but Dwight Howard is going to sit out the next couple of weeks and try to rest and rehab the herniated disc in his back, then be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start, according to a report from ESPN.

Without Howard the Magic will still make the playoffs — the nine-seed Bucks are five games back with seven games left to play — but they will be considered the easiest first round matchup.

Which is why the Magic are hoping that two weeks of rest and rehab will be enough to heal the partially herniated disc. However, there is no timetable for his return and no treatments — including surgery — are off the table.

Surgery likely would impact Howard’s ability to play for Team USA in the London Olympics.

The Magic have more immediate concerns. The playoffs open April 28 and the Magic are currently the six seed in the East. With Orlando 1-4 this season without Howard the Knicks and 76ers — both three games back of the Magic — can hold out hope of catching them and getting the six seed. Which is huge. Nobody wants to play Miami or Chicago in the first round, and while the six seed likely faces a Pacers team that has been plying well of late that is far less intimidating a foe than the Heat or Bulls.

  1. BigBeachBall - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • raidmagic - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      HA!! That’s pretty funny.

    • hoytdadd64 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:54 AM

      @BigBeachBall………Soooo you reblog everything you read off of protalk blogs BECAUSE it’s so important we have to read it twice? I’m glad to see you had an original idea in that head of yours. Another great idea was letting us know in the comments that we could reread the story again on your site!!! Genius, pure genius budy!!!! Thanks for helping me find the story behind the story I just read. Oh and your piece on Linsanity was VERY insightful. “Remember that?” “What the hell happened?” How are you not writing for a major magazine with articles like that. Thank you. LMFAO!!!!!! Thank you.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    5 PBT stories ago, Dwight Howard was out for the year. Now it’s 2 weeks. Classic PBT.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      We said he might be out for the season. Then we said it was confirmed as two weeks… WHICH IS THE REST OF THE SEASON. So we feel very bad about that.

  3. ezmagic - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I had 2 protruding disc before. At L4, L5. Took about 8 weeks to even tolerate the pain without pain meds. Only had rehab twice/wk, not daily treatments like athletes get. Still don’t think he’ll be back this season….

  4. gorilladik81 - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    He’s been out all season, can’t stand the jerkoff. Hope he ends up in that dump Jersey with snooki, he deserves it.

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