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Magic 'optimistic' on Dwight Howard

Updated: December 6, 2010, 12:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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 ...

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