Wizards’ Howard expected to miss significant time

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Washington Wizards Center Dwight Howard is expected to have surgery. Once he has this operation, he will miss significant time.

He has been sidelined with a gluteal injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He met with a nerve specialist on Thursday.

Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard warms up against the Miami Heat
Dwight Howard warms up against the Miami Heat (Getty Images)

Howard could seek a second opinion. Either way, it is expected that he will have to have surgery and miss time.

He has been out since November 18th against the Portland Trail Blazers. He aggravated his piriformis muscle in the game.

According to the Spine Health, the piriformis muscle is a muscle located deep in the buttocks. This muscle connects the lower spine to the upper surface of each femur.

Howard has only appeared in nine games this season.he also was sidelined for the team’s training camp.

In the off-season, Howard signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the team.

The 32-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native made nine starts. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks in his first season in Washington, D.C.

The Wizards are the sixth NBA team in his career. In 1,044 games, including 1,043 starts, he is averaging 17.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.0 blocks.

According to the Summit Medical Group, Howard could be experiencing a gluteal strain, which is a stretch or tear of a muscle in your buttocks. It is also referred as a pulled muscle.

This type of injury often is from running or jumping. It is common in hurdlers and dancers.

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