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.
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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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October 18, 2017 | 6:10 am EDT Update
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