Orlando Magic Superman Suspended for Game Six Versus Philadelphia 76ers

Geoff CrawleySenior Analyst IApril 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 24:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic walks to the bench for a timeout during Game Three against the Philadelphia 76ers of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 24, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 96-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Kryptonite has struck the Orlando Magic.

ESPN reports that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been suspended from Thursday night's Game Six in Philadelphia. This is as a result of a first quarter elbow to the head of Sixers, center Samuel Dalembert.

Sixers GM Ed Stefanski said that, "The rule is clear...I contacted the league immediately after the play."

David Stern on speed dial—not even Superman can outrun that. The Sixers have life.

Not that Orlando will be a pushover without the NBA's defensive player of the year. But the good news just keeps on coming.

ESPN also reports that Magic starting guard Courtney Lee will be out for at least Game Six, possibly longer, thanks to an inadvertent elbow from...you guessed it.


Orlando may have a three games to two lead in the series, but the Sixers have borrowed a page from the Phillies' book.

Never say die.

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Orlando wants no part of a Game Seven, even if it is at Amway Arena. (Amway? Really?) The Sixers have an excellent chance of winning a series in which most experts had them being swept.

Everybody who had the Sixers winning this series before it started, raise your hands.


Nobody gave them a shot, not even me, and I am the biggest homer there is. I was just hoping they wouldn't get swept. Now, they have a real shot at winning this series, and they would be even money against either Chicago or a Garnett-less Celtics.

Then comes LeBron and them.

End of the ride.

But that would be a pretty sweet ride considering where it started.

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