NBA Rumor: Dwight Howard Injury

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Derek Bodner: #sixers afternoon injury report has the following players listed as questionable: – Ben Simmons (illness) – Dwight Howard (left knee soreness) – George Hill (right thumb) – Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) – Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness Also: – Steph Curry (ankle)

Howard underwent an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy earlier today. The procedure went as planned with no complications. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was recommended after consultation with Dr. Watkins and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih determined that the disc herniation was causing severe nerve irritation and gluteal pain. Howard’s progress will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three months.

The Wizards close out their preseason slate on Friday with a home game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. After that, the Wizards have five days off before they host the Miami Heat in their season opener on Sept. 18. Buckner reports that before last night’s game in New York, Brooks was asked if “it was safe to say” Howard won’t play in the opener if he missed the preseason slate. Brooks’ response? “Yeah, that’s safe.”

Rivers at least appears to be trending in the right direction, as head coach Scott Brooks said he “felt much better” the day after leaving Tuesday’s practice with neck discomfort. Howard, on the other hand, doesn’t appear as close to returning as initially thought. “He’s progressing, but it’s going to be a couple more days before we see how he feels there,” Brooks said. That means Howard could end up sitting out most of, if not all of, the rest of training camp.
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May 8, 2021 | 8:54 pm EDT Update