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Orlando Magic News & Notes: Dwight Howard, Glen Davis Hurt, The Club

Per John Denton of, Dwight Howard injured his back after being punched by Mavericks Center Brendan Haywood in Friday night’s game:

Van Gundy said video replays show Haywood hitting Howard in the lower back with his fist. Van Gundy said that Howard twice absorbed hard shots from Haywood and never was more than a simple foul called on the play. So Van Gundy is planning to send the video of the play to the league office hoping that Haywood will be punished for the play.

“It’s really ridiculous and I want to get it on film and send it in (to the league office). Haywood just punched him literally with a closed fist right in the back,’’ Van Gundy said. “So (Howard) got through the game because he was loose, but then it really tightened up. They are going to work on him and hopefully he’ll be OK. But (Howard) didn’t do anything (in practice on Saturday).’’

Per Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, Glen Davis missed most of practice Saturday with a hamstring injury:

Van Gundy doesnt know if Glen Davis (hamstring) can go Sunday vs. Denver. BB missed most of Sat practice

Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy warned the Magic about keeping late hours:

“I’m not looking to fine anybody. … They’re professionals. But you have to take care of yourself. If you’re not doing that, you can’t honestly say you’re about winning,” Van Gundy said after addressing the team.”

The New York Post reported that several Magic players, including Dwight Howard, were partying at a New York nightclub Tuesday night until 3 a.m. before Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks.

The Magic were blown out by the Knicks in a lackluster performance.

The Post story said “sources spotted the Magic’s Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Jason Richardson partying until the early hours. They started out dining in the private wine room of Philippe New York.

“Then the pair joined Dwight Howard — who got a shout-out from the DJ on the loudspeaker, spies said — Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson at Greenhouse during R&B singer Dawn Richard’s EP release party. The players were seen ordering bottles of Champagne and raged in the club until around 3 a.m.”

Schmitz also has a nice story about Adonal Foyle:

Foyle, 37, knows that Smith also received death threats via email during his handling of the Howard saga. He’s aware of the criticism raining down on Smith by the media for some decisions he has made. All part of the territory.

“I’ve always thought I wanted an opportunity to construct a team,” Foyle said. “I like the idea of putting a team together and keeping it together.

“I can see that it’s very challenging, to say the least.”

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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