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Stan Van Gundy says the Magic assume Dwight Howard is “50-50” for the playoffs

Apr 15, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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The Magic can’t seem to get a string of good things going for them. They managed to survive all this drama throughout the season with Dwight Howard demanding a trade, then rescinding the request, then changing his mind twice before signing a waiver, and subsequently getting into an awkward situation where his coach admitted that management told him Howard had told them he wanted Van Gundy fired. And through it all, they’ve managed to win enough to cement a spot in the playoffs. After all that, Dwight Howard hurt his back and now things get even scarier.

With Howard suffering a herniated disc in his back, the Magic have set a 10-14 day window of rest for the All-Star center. But considering the nature of the injury, and with only a handful of games in two weeks before the playoffs begin, Stan Van Gundy admitted Sunday that Howard’s availability for the playoffs is far from a sure thing. From the Orlando Sentinel:


Needless to say, if Howard’s out for the playoffs, that would be all she wrote on the Magic’s season. Even after a win Sunday against the tanking-without-tanking Cavs, the Magic know they won’t be winning a first-round series against anyone without their MVP candidate. But they have no choice because of the desperate scenario they’ve put themselves into by not trading Howard. So with a coach they have a complicated relationship with, with their star maybe or maybe not coming back, with a beat up roster facing a losing end to the regular season and an impossible first-round matchup, the Magic go once more in the breach.

In a crazy season, it has been craziest for the Magic.

  1. glink123 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    How does Otis keep his job through all this? He must have nude photos of DeVos.

  2. raidmagic - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    And now G.len Davis goes down with a knee injury…and the hits just keep on coming

  3. ezmagic - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Daniel orton to save the day! If magic face the pacers in the 1st round they have a chance to win that series. Even without dwight.

    • dexterismyhero - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      No they don’t.

  4. dadawg77 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I would love to see the Magic drop to the 8th spot but hate to see them drop to the seventh spot.

  5. jumbossportsblog - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • dexterismyhero - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      just stop it jumbo. Matt, why do you constantly let this guy do this?

      • jumbossportsblog - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Why is there a reblog option on the site?
        It’s not like I am saying I am writing it. I am just simply putting out there for other to read.

  6. rotaylla - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Orlando magic is in deep trouble for not trading a disgruntled star and this is just the beginning of this things to come for the organization and the ball club. For actually forcing or threatening Dwight Howard into opting-In cos we all know Howard is not mentally strong and for you to take advantage of that is not fair after he has played all his NBA career with tbe ball club. Its RETRIBUTION TIME…ENJOY IT ALL ORLANDO FOR FEELING INSECURED ABOUT DWIGHT OPTING-OUT..


  7. gmsingh - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Does “50-50” refer to his mental status?

  8. rotaylla - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Time will Tell…

  9. rotaylla - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Singh don’t get it….did he??

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