Howard is the real centerpiece of this team, and his absence puts the Magic at a very significant disadvantage. This team does have quite a bit of playoff experience, but it may not be enough to beat a hot, young Pacers squad.
Here's everything you need to know about Orlando's first-round matchup against Indiana.
First, the schedule:
Game 1 - Sat April 28, Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 30, Orlando at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Wed May 2, Indiana at Orlando, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 - Sat May 5, Indiana at Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue May 8, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 11, Indiana at Orlando, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 13, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Read on for more on this fascinating first round series.