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Dwight Howard reportedly needs surgery on gluteal injury

November 30, 2018

Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard has fought a piriformis muscle injury since training camp. Now, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Howard was told hewill need surgery on it and could miss “a significant portion of the regular season.”

Howard saw a nerve specialist in Los Angeles, Wojnarowski reported early Friday morning, and was recommended surgery. But he could seek a second opinion.

The injury is to a muscle in the buttocks, which caused Howard to begin practicing with his new team very late into the preseason. He re-aggravated the injury Nov. 18 and hasn’t played since.

After starting the year 1-6, the Wizards went 4-5 in the nine-game stretch where Howard played. But since he’s been gone, they’ve managed to pull off wins against the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.

Howard has averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Washington.

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