Wizards Vs. Magic: Dwight Howard Out For Tuesday's Game

ATLANTA, GA - FILE: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was reported that the Orlando Magic have taken Dwight Howard off the market citing that none of the offers were worth pursuing December 14, 2011. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Orlando Magic will be without Dwight Howard on Tuesday when they take on the Washington Wizards.

The Washington Wizards return home from a three-game road trip on Tuesday night to face the Orlando Magic at the Verizon Center. One notable absence from that game will be Magic center Dwight Howard, who will miss the next games, the second of which is their game in Washington, with a back injury.

After a prolonged drama ahead of the NBA trade deadline revolving around Howard's future with the Magic, he is back in the spotlight again this week. This time, Howard's fractured relationship with Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. SB Nation Tampa Bay has all the gruesome details of the latest Howard drama.

Howard's absence is something of a break for the Wizards, who are trying to end the season on a high note. They are in Charlotte Monday night to take on the Bobcats in battle of the two worst teams in the NBA.

For more on the Washington Wizards, check out SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA. Also, check out SB Nation's YouTube channel here:

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