Chase Hughes: Ian Mahinmi (knee) is also out tonight. Should mean more Jason Smith.
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Rashad Mobley: Per Coach Brooks, Wall will play but is on a mid-20s minutes restriction and Mahinmi is a game-time decision
Chris Miller: Ian Mahinmi is officially OUT with a sore right knee. #WizNets #DCFamily
Chris Miller: Ian Mahinmi didn’t practice today in New York (sore right knee) will be further evaluated tomorrow before game with @Brooklyn Nets #DCFamily #WizNets
Candace Buckner: Brooks said he feels he can play Ian Mahinmi a few more minutes tonight than he did in Game 3. He played 9:38 last game.
Chase Hughes: Ian Mahinmi is active tonight and a gametime decision.
Ian Mahinmi didn’t practice Monday at TD Garden, so the backup center doesn’t appear to be an option for Game 2 vs. the Boston Celtics. “He’s improving day-by-day. He’s not ready to play yet,” Brooks said of Mahinmi, who strained his left calf April 10 in the second-to-last game of the regular season. “He’s been doing a little more on the practice floor.”
Chris Miller: Scott Brooks says Ian Mahinmi is ruled OUT for Game one vs. @Celtics #DCFamily #WizCeltics #nbaplayoffs
Candace Buckner: Ian Mahinmi said the plan is for him to return to the lineup DURING this first-round series but has not practiced eight team yet.
Chris Miller: Ian Mahinmi is on the flight to Atlanta but will not play the next couple of games according to Scott Brooks. #WizHawks #DCFamily
J. Michael Falgoust: Brooks on Mahinmi, hes been reevaluated, has improved but “definitely wont play the next few games” #WizHawks
The Washington Wizards will be without their backup center for the start of the postseason. On Wednesday, Coach Scott Brooks announced that Ian Mahinmi will miss the team’s regular season finale in Miami, as well as upcoming games, as he deals with a strained left calf.
Although the NBA has not released the playoff schedule yet, the evaluation timeline could keep Mahinmi sidelined for at least the opening three games of the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. “Hopefully he feels better then, but you never know,” Brooks said. “But he’s definitely going to miss the first couple of games [of the playoffs].”
J. Michael Falgoust: Brooks confirms what Mahinmi and Bogdanovic said yesterday, theyre in. No setbacks #WASatLAL #WizLakers
Candace Buckner: Ian Mahinmi (back stiffness) practiced today
J. Michael Falgoust: Mahinmi’s minutes will be 15-17 min for next 2 weeks #WizSixers #WASatPHI
J. Michael Falgoust: Mahinmi said theyll play it safe with his minutes. 12-14 Thurs. Should increase post #NBAAllStar #Wizards
Brooks indicated that the decision to clear Mahinmi for game action has not fully been made, but the possibility exists that he might play limited minutes this week, including against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. “There is a chance,” Brooks said.
Candace Buckner: Still no set date for Ian Mahinmi’s return — “I anticipate soon,” says Brooks — but he is expected to practice w/ team tomorrow
Ben Standig: Mahinmi update. More work today, per Brooks, who seems optimistic about a return “soon.” No official timetable. 4 games left pre AS break.
The Wizards (29-20) have to determine if he’ll be able to contribute by Feb. 16. That’ll be the last chance to survey their options before playing again Feb. 24 – one day after the trade deadline. “The reaction to everything I’ve done is much better,” Mahinmi said of how his knees feel compared to earlier in the season after he came back for a procedure in October. “I felt like seeing Dr. (James) Andrews was great. It was obviously the right move. I feel like I’m fixed.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Ian Mahinmi (knees) did practice fully for the 1st time in months. Full contact #WizPelicans
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks says team will evaluate Ian Mahinmi in the next 4 or 5 days and make a decision from there.
J. Michael Falgoust: Brooks says Ian Mahinmi is out tonight and vs #Pistons then he will see #WizHornets
J. Michael Falgoust: Ian Mahinmi’s MRI “came back clean” and will be rested “a week or so” and reevaluated #Wizards
Ian Mahinmi, who has appeared in just one game for the Wizards this season because of injuries to both knees, will get another MRI on his right one Friday, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
Chris Miller: Ian Mahinmi is out again (knee) vs. @Orlando Magic #DCFamily #WizMagic
J. Michael Falgoust: Ian Mahinmi (right knee) is out vs. #WizSpurs #Wizards
Ben Standig: Ian Mahinmi inactive. Knee is sore. The other knee.
Mahinmi, the 6-foot-11 center who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus on Oct. 14, has not appeared in a regular season game. After the latest step in his recovery, in which he fully participated in the light practice while wearing a compression sleeve over his left knee, he expects to return to the court by the end of November. “Obviously it’s not a live full-blown practice but it’s my first time being on the court with everybody. I went through every drill, no restriction,” Mahinmi said after the session. “That’s the goal, to come back before the end of the month, and everything depends on how my knee reacts going into a full-blown practice.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Ian Mahinmi is walking like he never had knee surgery. Getting up shots now #WizardsTalk
Nick Friedell: Frank Vogel says Ian Mahinmi is good to go tonight. He’s been dealing with some back stiffness. es.pn/1T2WRaM
Indiana Pacers: Injury update: Ian Mahinmi (lower back sprain) will play today.
Scott Agness: Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi did not practice today. Said he first aggravated his back in Nov., will require offseason treatment.
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February 21, 2018 | 9:00 am EST Update
Polk said it’s a “concern” Walker will likely have to reach unrestricted free-agency before he could be re-signed, but that’s a function of the rules. “We love Kemba Walker,” Polk said. “We would like nothing more than for Kemba to end his career here.”
It took years to fully recover from the injury and he wasn’t cleared to play again until May 2017. The rehabilitation process tested him both mentally and physically, but he found a way to reach his goal. “It was essentially a four-year process,” Okafor said. “I just took my time making sure, not only the initial injury (was healed), but to recondition and rehab everything. … (I) figured while I’m waiting for my disc to heal, I can take the time to heal other things. When I come back, (I can) feel nice and bouncy and rejuvenated.”
Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday’s practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break. Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday’s late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center in time to put up some jump shots after most of the other players left the practice court. “They just had to make sure he was OK,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “He wasn’t able to practice today, but he says he feels better. He’s just stiff. So, we’ll just see tomorrow how he feels and where he is at.”
Asked if he anticipates Steve Clifford, who has a season remaining on his contract, being the coach here next season, Polk responded, “I would today.” Like each of Clifford’s previous four seasons, he and his staff will be evaluated in the spring. “Once we get a new general manager on board, we’ll talk about the coaching staff,” Polk said. “Steve has brought a lot of strong organization” to the franchise, Polk said, adding Clifford’s health crisis (a six-week leave to address severe headaches) concerned everyone in management.
February 21, 2018 | 5:07 am EST Update
“He’s not [coming back to Miami]. But the fact when ESPN polled 48 players about what they thought might happen with LeBron that they even mentioned the Heat shows that, at worst, the Heat remain relevant in players’ consciousness,” Winderman wrote. “Basically, the NBA players polled still consider the Heat a desirable landing spot. And that is a good thing. But I cannot fathom, as you pointed out, the Heat having enough on their roster to attract such a level of free agent. There was a time when I thought Hassan Whiteside could have been such a lure, but with his role minimized, I don’t see that as the case anymore.”