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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Report: Howard incurred stress fracture during playoffs

Here are excerpts from an article from espn.com which reported Saturday night that Magic C Dwight Howard suffered the injury in the second round against the Pistons:

Dwight Howard was forced to sit out practice Saturday due to a stress fracture of his sternum, an injury he sustained during the Orlando Magic's second round playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"It's a six to eight week recovery time, and this is the sixth week," said Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who expects Howard to be fully healed by the time the team reconvenes for training camp July 21.

Still, the injury is worrisome for the Americans, who are planning to go to Beijing with just three big men -- Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer. If Howard were to aggravate the injury, that lack of front-line depth could become a major issue.

Howard said he sustained the injury when he collided simultaneously and was sandwiched between Jason Maxiell and Arron Afflalo of the Pistons. Doctors told him it is an injury typically incurred by hockey players.

"It hurts. I haven't been able to really do anything since the playoffs, but it'll be alright," Howard said. "I should be fine by the time we start training camp. That's what the doctor said. So there's no worries for me or the staff."

If any U.S. players are injured prior to the Olympics, they can be replaced on the roster up until Aug. 9th -- but only if the injury is verified by authorities from the International Olympic Committee and the USOC.

For the complete article, the link is: sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3465434


  • At 2:55 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic's last playoff game was May 13th, so when training camp begins for the Olympic team on July 21st, it will be more than two months since Howard's injury, so hopefully he will be fully healed. Let's all hope that he will not reaggravate the injury in any way.


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