Mar. 28, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) reacts during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-86. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Dwight Howard Has Season Ending Surgery, Will Miss Olympics

The Orlando Magic announced Dwight Howard will undergo season-ending back surgery, and he'll miss the NBA Playoffs. But if this is how the soap opera ends, all it does is create more questions.

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Dwight Howard Injury Update: Magic Center's Playoff Status Uncertain

The Orlando Magic fell to the Boston Celtics last night without their star center Dwight Howard, and it appears that it might be a little while before they have him back in the lineup. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Howard received an epidural in his back late last week and is working hard on rehabbing the injury.

Howard received an epidural last Friday after he sought a second opinion from Robert Watkins, a spine surgeon based in Marina del Rey, Calif. The injection was intended to help Howard manage the pain and begin rehabbing. Howard's camp is adamant that the All-NBA center wants to return for the postseason.

Despite his intentions to make it back onto the court, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy sounds like he is preparing for the worst. According to the guys over at the Mothership, Van Gundy is not expecting Howard to be back in the lineup before the Playoffs start.

"No, I'd be surprised. Very surprised," said Van Gundy, prior to Orlando's game against Boston on Wednesday, when asked if he expected Howard back before the playoffs. "What we're saying right now, our approach is that this is our team, not only in the regular season, but in the playoffs. If we get him back, obviously it would be a huge bonus, but we're not expecting that at this point."

There aren't very many games left in the regular season, but the Magic are in the middle of a fight for the fifth seed with the Atlanta Hawks, and with it the right to play those very same Celtics in the first round. Without Howard in the lineup regularly it appears unlikely that they will be able to beat the Hawks out for that spot.

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Dwight Howard Injury: Surgery On Magic Star's Back A Possibility, According To Report

The Orlando Magic learned earlier in the week they will likely be without star center Dwight Howard for the remainder of the season. The Magic received some more concerning news on Howard, as according to a report by ESPN The Magazine, surgery on Howard's back is not out of the question.

Howard has been complaining of back pain since March, but it wasn't until he sought a second opinion by Los Angeles-based Dr. Robert Watkins on Friday, for what previously had been called back spasms, that he was diagnosed with a herniated disk. The disk is not fully herniated and non-operable treatment has been recommended, the source said, but "it's not 100 percent clear" if that treatment will work, and surgery remains a possibility.

The report also states that Howard will sit out for a period of 10 to 14 days to give his back some rest and hopefully avoid having to have surgery on it, which would likely put him out for some of, if not all, of the 2012 NBA playoffs. Orlando has struggled without Dwight Howard this season, going just 1-4 without him in the lineup.

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Dwight Howard Injury: Magic Star Has Herniated Disk In His Back, According To Report

The Orlando Magic got pounded on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks without star big man Dwight Howard, who missed the game while getting a second opinion on his injured back. The news was worse than anticipated for the Magic, as it was revealed that Howard has a herniated disk in his back according to a report by John Denton.

The Orlando Magic are clearly a different team without Howard in the lineup and are currently the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference as they head towards the NBA playoffs. With Howard potentially missing the final seven games of the regular season, the Magic aren't likely in danger of finding themselves out of the playoffs, but they could find themselves dropping in the playoff seeding.

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Dwight Howard Injury Update: Magic Star Ruled Out Of The Next Three Games

Dwight Howard's back injury continues to nag him and he continues to miss time. He has now been ruled out of the next three games on the schedule according to a tweet by Hoopsworld NBA reporter Alex Kennedy.

Howard has already missed four of the last six games with back spasms. With the injury lingering as long as it already has, there could be concern about Howard's effectiveness come playoff time.

The party part of this tweet is a little curious. There are not many details of it right now but it doesn't look good on Howard if he's going to host a party rather than get healthy and ready for the playoffs.

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