The Dwightmare just keeps getting worse and worse in Orlando. Now Howard is hurt.
Dwight Howard's bad back will keep him out for an extended period of time, likely through the end of the season. Howard was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back, a painful injury that may take significant time to recover from.
With the Magic now essentially shutting him down, it calls into question where the team may end up when the playoffs do roll around. Currently, Orlando holds the No. 6 spot in the East, three games up on the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. The Milwaukee Bucks are on the outside looking in, three games out of the No. 8 spot at 28-30.
So the bottom line is that the Orlando Magic could conceivably fall right out of the playoffs if they really take a nosedive. It would be a heck of a nosedive since the Bucks are 5 whole games back, but stranger things have happened and the Magic are pretty much built all around Dwight Howard.
Besides, backs are no joke. You can't just rub some dirt on it and go out and play reasonably well. When you have a bad back, it is hard to walk, never mind play. They might just back their way into the post season, then bad-back their way out of it. Not fun times in Disney World.