Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back on Friday and will remain out indefinitely.

Howard missed his third straight game on Friday, a 109-81 setback to the Hawks.

The Magic sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind Atlanta. They are 1-4 this season without Howard, who is averaging 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 54 games.