Howard missed Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was his 4th missed game in a row, ESPN
He was diagnosed with a herniated disk last week, and will be reevaluated in 10 days after resting his injury.
Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he would be very pleasantly surprised if Howard or forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has been out with a facial fracture, are able to return at some point this season, USA Today
reports. The playoffs begin on April 28th.
Howard traveled to Cleveland with his teammates, but stayed at the hotel, ESPN
Orlando took another hit Sunday when center Glen Davis sprained his knee, and was unable to finish the game. Davis had played well up until the injury.
Davis will undergo further examination Monday before the Magic's game against Philadelphia.
Coach Stan Van Gundy predicts that Davis will not play Monday.
"He hyperextended his knee, so my guess would be that he'd not play," Van Gundy said. I haven't been told anything officially, though."
Despite all the setbacks, the Magic were able to get a win against the Cavs, 100-84.
With Sunday's win, the Magic clinched a playoff spot
, and are currently the 6th seeded team in the Eastern Conference.