Dwight Howard's season has come to an end, thankfully
Now, Howard needs back surgery and has no chance of returning even if he wanted to, and the Magic are essentially done, now that their best player will be unavailable in the playoffs.
Howard will also miss the 2012 Olympics in London, which start in July.
For the Magic, this basically eliminates them from legitimate championship contention. Even with Howard, their chances were slim. Without him, they'll be lucky to make it past the first round of the playoffs.
More importantly, how will this affect the Magic going forward? Will Howard and coach Van Gundy find time to patch up their differences? Or will they even bother?
The Magic have some serious decision making to do at the end of this season, and it will be interesting to see how heavily they rely on Howard's health after his surgery.