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Dwight Howard Seeing A Back Specialist, Won't Play Friday Against Atlanta

Magic reporter Paul Kennedy broke the news via twitter:

Update: Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more:

“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.”

It’s a tough time because the regular season will end April 26, and the Magic need Howard healthy for the playoffs.

Howard was accompanied to Southern California by the Magic’s physical therapist, Ed Manalo, Glass said.

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