Superman’s cape is snagged for the next couple weeks as Dwight Howard rests his ailing back. He has a herniated disk in his lower back which will keep him on the sidelines for at least the rest of the regular season.
While Orlando is virtually assured of making the playoffs with a 5 1/2 game lead over Milwaukee, Howard’s loss could affect their playoff seeding. The Magic were the 3-seed for a long time this season, but now have dropped to 6th. The red-hot Pacers are currently 3rd with Boston in 4th due to their lead in the Atlantic Division. It doesn’t look like the Magic will be able to secure home court advantage especially sans-Dwight.
Right now, they’re a game behind Atlanta for the 5th spot and could be in real danger if the Knicks or Sixers (tied for 7th) can catch fire the last week and a half and close the 3-game gap dropping Orlando into a first round matchup with one of the elites, either Miami or Chicago.
In the immediate future, the Orlando player whose fantasy value gets the biggest raise is Glen Davis. Davis had struggled this season until he was given the opportunity to start when Ryan Anderson went out injured. When Anderson returned, Howard was sidelined, and Davis remained a starter.
In his last 7 games Davis is averaging 18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds while adding 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He’s owned in under 40 percent of leagues, but he makes a nice late-season add now that his role for the Magic’s remaining 7 games is clear.