Howard was already expected to miss three games with back spasms, but he was diagnosed with a herniated disc Friday. Jarrod Rudolph, who first reported the news, says Howard was advised to rest for 10-15 days. Orlando Sentinel reporter Brian K. Schmitz says Howard is expected to be out 14-16 days, which puts his status for the postseason in jeopardy. The playoffs begin at the end of the month.
If you don’t think this is a big deal, think again. Amare Stoudemire has struggled with a back injury for several seasons and missed nearly 30 games in the 2008-2009 season because of it. Nate Jones also reminds us that David Robinson’s career was altered because of a back injury.
This really doesn’t seem to be Dwight Howard’s year in nearly every way possible. Without Howard, the Magic are 1-4 this season. They won’t be going anywhere in the postseason if he’s not healthy.Google+