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Dwight Howard to get injection for back pain after suffering setback over the weekend

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Washington Wizards Media Day

Oh boy. It looks like we will have to wait a little longer to see Dwight Howard on the floor for the Wizards. Scott Brooks told reporters on Monday that Howard had a setback over the weekend with his back injury.

Howard said last month at Media Day his current back issues sprung up while traveling overseas during the summer, but said it was only a “minor setback.” Since then, he has yet to go through a full practice and missed both of the Wizards’ first two preseason games.

Now, with this setback, Howard won’t have an opportunity to play with the Wizards against NBA competition before the start of the regular season. Obviously, he won’t play in Monday’s game against the Knicks and he won’t be able to play in Wednesday’s at Detroit since he’s traveling back to Washington. The earliest Howard could return is Friday for the Wizards’ preseason finale against the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. After that, the Wizards don’t play again until they kick off their regular season campaign on Thursday, October 18 against the Miami Heat.