Mahinmi will remain on a restriction of roughly 12-14 minutes Thursday against the Pacers, but he plans to increase his workload after the All-Star break, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Mahinmi said Wednesday that the plan is for him to continue to play it safe for the time being, but he should begin to approach, or even exceed, 20 minutes on a regular basis after the break. The Wizards brought Mahinmi in as a free agent with the intention to use him as the first big man off the bench. To date, his ailing knees have only allowed him to appear in four games, but going forward he should be ready to serve as the primary backup to Marcin Gortat. Last season, as a member of the Pacers, Mahinmi averaged 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds in just under 26 minutes per game.
Mahinmi (knees) went through morning shootaround without incident and will be available to play Friday against the Pacers, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Mahinmi made just his second appearance of the season and his first since Nov. 26 in Wednesday's 114-110 overtime win over the Nets, logging two points, five rebounds and one steal across 12 minutes. The veteran center apparently experienced no setbacks with either of his ailing knees during the contest and is still feeling good two days after the fact, so he'll stick in the rotation as the primary backup to starter Marcin Gortat.
Mahimi (knees) put up two points (1-3 FG), five rebounds and one steal across 12 minutes in a 114-110 overtime win over the Nets on Wednesday.
It was just the second appearance of the season for Mahinmi, who had his Wizards debut delayed until late November while he was recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee. After that contest, Mahinmi was still experiencing pain in both of his knees, so he underwent platelet-rich plasma treatments and has spent the last two-plus months recovering. With Mahinmi easing back into full practice last week, he was finally cleared to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, though the Wizards were cautious with his minutes. Mahinmi provided a quality impact on the defensive end and appears to have made it through the game without any issues, but even as he regains conditioning from here on out, he's unlikely to see a significant uptick in playing time. Starting center Marcin Gortat is expected to routinely clear 30 minutes in most games, leaving scant time available for Mahinmi off the bench. Mahinmi's fantasy utility thus remains limited to the deepest of leagues.
Mahinmi (knee) will play in Wednesday's game against the Nets, but is expected to be limited to around 10-to-12 minutes, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Mahinmi will be taking the court for the first time since Nov. 26, as he's finally back to full strength after dealing with some lingering issues in both of his knees. Considering the extended absence, the Wizards will ease Mahinmi back into the action, so at most, he could see playing time in the 10-to-12 minutes range. Once at full strength, Manhimi will operate as the team's backup center, which likely means decreased playing time for guys like Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson.
Mahinmi (knee) is trending towards being available to play a few minutes during Wednesday's game against the Nets, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Mahinmi has been sidelined since Nov. 26 after undergoing platelet-rich plasma injections in both of his knees. However, it appears he's finally on the brink of a return, as he was able to go through Monday's shootaround and is now targeting a return to game action for Wednesday. If Mahinmi does end up getting cleared, he'll likely see just a few minutes, as the Wizards will take a cautious approach with their big man after such a long absence. Once at full strength, Mahinmi is set to back up Marcin Gortat at center, which should limit both his minutes and fantasy value right from the start.
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