Dwight Howard experienced tightness in his back following a March 30 game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Orlando Magic's superstar center has missed four of the team's last six game as a result of back spasms stemming from the injury and has been out of action entirely since Saturday.
According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Howard has traveled to Los Angeles to seek out a second medical opinion regarding his back. As such, he will not play in Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
"It's back spasms, basically, caused by bruising and getting pounded," Van Gundy said Thursday afternoon.
"It's not a disk problem or anything, but anybody who's been through back problems knows sometimes they resolve more quickly than others. We're heading down the stretch now, so as much as we'd like to get everybody together and have 'em out there and playing, we've also got to get healthy. It's a tough time."
Howard suffered a setback on Thursday after experiencing pain during practice. It is unknown whether he will be able to return to full strength in time for the postseason.
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