Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/20

Atlanta, Ga.

(37-26) vs. (37-25)
7 p.m./ESPN
Line: Hawks by 10.5
Tickets: $50-$690 on TiqIQ
Magic’s Magic Number for Sixth: 2

Team Record GB
4. Boston 37-26 -0.5
5. Atlanta 37-25 -1.0
6. Orlando 36-26
7. New York 33-29 3.0

1) Magic team doctor Craig Mitzer told the media that he expects Dwight Howard to make a full recovery from his back surgery after about four months. He should be able to start low-impact exercises and rehab almost immediately. If you didn’t know by now, Dwight Howard is scheduled to have back surgery today and will miss the remainder of the season and Playoffs.

2) With Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu out of the lineup, the Magic have really banded together and shown a type of effort that has been missing most of this season, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

3) David Steele of Fox Sports Florida writes the Magic must find a way to plug the defensive hole in the middle without Dwight Howard.

4) According to a Sports Illustrated player poll, Stan Van Gundy is the coach most respondents would not want to play for. He received enough votes in coach you most want to play for to finish eight though. (h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post)

5) Dwight Howard ending his season on the bench with an injury perfectly caps off this season, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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