Dwight Howard has just nine games to his name this season. In them, he’s averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. But it looks like his season is about to get a whole lot shorter. He’s facing at least two months on the shelf after undergoing an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy on Friday.
In the team announcement, the Washington Wizards made it clear that there were 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.”
But he’s not out of the woods just yet. A revaluation will take place within the next 2-3 months. In the meantime, the Wizards will have to go about their business without Howard. And so far, they’re off to a rocky start. They’re currently 8-13, and sitting just outside the playoff picture out East.
The injury will cost him playing time until January or February. Howard, 33, would aggravate the injury in November. His last game with his team came on November 18. After signing with the Wizards this summer, he can opt out at the end of the season if he so chooses. Earlier this season, reports suggesting everyone is on the trade block would surface. Will this accelerate the process? We don’t know enough to say just yet.
But on the surface, it doesn’t help. The Wizards were already in trouble. No injury is ever good. When your team is already down, though, it’s the last thing you need. As of this writing, Washington is taking on the Philadelphia 76ers. Let’s see if they can turn things around before it’s too late.
It’s probably too late.