Lewis to rest knee for playoffs

4/11/2009 - NBA Rashard Lewis Orlando Magic + more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Forward Rashard Lewis was sitting out of the Orlando Magic's game against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night because of tendinitis in his right knee.

With the Magic's chance of catching the Boston Celtics for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference all but gone, coach Stan Van Gundy decided that he would give Lewis a rest Saturday night and again Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Van Gundy said there is nothing structurally wrong with the knee but he wants to make sure Lewis, who had not missed a game all season, is healthy for the playoffs.

Lewis is averaging 17.7 points.

Van Gundy also said he planned to cut down the playing time for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu in the final three games of the regular season.