Its been a roller-coaster season for the Orlando Magic and its taken another dreadful turn.
Magic team officials announced on Friday that Dwight Howard has a herniated disk in his lower back and there is no timetable set for his return. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Howard is unlikely to return for the regular season.
"His return will be determined in how he responds to treatment," team spokesman Joel Glass said.
Howard's condition was diagnosed Friday by spine surgeon Robert Watkins after Howard and Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo went to Southern California for a second medical opinion.
Losers of seven out of their last nine, the Magic currently sit in the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference and are only three games ahead of the seventh-seeded New York Knicks and eight-seed Philadelphia 76ers.
Howard is averaging 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks in 38.6 minutes per game for the Magic.
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It was a day of highs and lows for Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow.
The explosiveness that was ever-present under Lagow's predecessor, Nate Sudfeld, came back in a big way Saturday, with Lagow throwing for a school-record 496 yards. But he also pitched a dreadful five interceptions in the Hoosiers' 33-28 loss to the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Bloomington.
Lagow's huge yardage total was accompanied by three touchdown tosses as the Hoosiers' broke the 600-yard mark on offense, finishing with 611 total yards. But those five interceptions compared to zero turnovers by the Deacons, who had a huge edge in time of possession, meant no positive result for the Hoosiers.
Indiana scored on the first play of the game, Lagow hitting Nick Westbrook for a 75-yard touchdown immediately after the opening kickoff. But Lagow threw an interception on the Hoosiers' next possession, which led to a Wake touchdown. In the second quarter, Lagow's second interception was returned for a touchdown, and he threw another on the ensuing possession, though that one didn't result in any Wake points. Indiana also missed a field goal in the second quarter, with Wake scoring on the next drive to make it 21-7 at the break.
Lagow's fourth interception turned into a Demon Deacons touchdown, but he hit Westbrook for their second scoring connection of the day to make it 24-14. Wake added a field goal before the teams traded touchdowns straddling the third and fourth quarters. Lagow threw one more interception and one more touchdown pass (that one a 49-yard strike to Donavan Hale in the final seconds), but the Hoosiers couldn't complete a comeback, running out of time.
Wake mustered just 352 total yards, but Lagow's trouble keeping the ball out of the Deacons' hands gave Wake a significant boost.
The loss was Indiana's first of the season, dropping its record to 2-1. The Hoosiers face off against Michigan State next weekend.