Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS

Van Gundy 'optimistic' Howard, others will play vs. Hawks


Posted Dec 6 2010 1:45PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A stomach virus that forced the Orlando Magic to send home four key players during a recent road trip is beginning to subside.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says the team is "optimistic'' that Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus will play Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks after they participated in the morning shootaround.

Point guard Jameer Nelson was at home recovering from the illness and is not expected to play.

With forward Ryan Anderson also in a walking boot because of a sprained right foot, Orlando had only eight players available in a loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. The Magic also were short-handed at Detroit on Friday.

During a win at Chicago on Wednesday, Pietrus vomited in the hallway at one point in the first half.

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: Detroit Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Detroit's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: Indy Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Indiana's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: NY Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in New York's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: DC Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Washington DC's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.
photoSprite Slam Dunk Showdown 2014: SAC Runner-Up
Check out the 2nd place winner in Sacramento's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown competition.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.