Ian Mahinmi, during his first season with Washington, appeared in just 31 games while dealing with knee and calf injuries. When he did see the floor, he largely played a backup role to starting center Marcin Gortat, averaging 5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 17.9 minutes per game while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor. The 30-year-old has struggled to find starters' minutes throughout his career, so his workload and production was ultimately no surprise. While he occasionally shows flashes of promise, that usually comes when he draws a start or sees extended run due to an injury, making him generally a better play in daily rather than year-long formats. Considering the center situation in Washington hasn't seen much, if any, significant change, he'll likely be in line for a similar workload heading into next season. As a result, he can probably be safely avoided in the majority of Fantasy formats.
Mahinmi managed eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 FT) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 117-115 loss to the Heat. Mahinmi was averaging 11.3 minutes through the first three preseason games, and this was the first time since the second-to-last regular season contest of 2016-17 that he saw 20 minutes or more. Mahinmi was only able to suit up in 31 games (plus five postseason bouts) in his first year with the Wizards, and a clean bill of health for him would help bolster the team's interior defense.
Mahinmi (calf) finished with two points (1-1 FG), two blocks, one rebound and one assist across 10 minutes during Thursday's 116-89 victory over the Celtics. Mahinmi, who has been sidelined since April 12 with a left calf strain, saw the floor Thursday despite being initially ruled out for the contest and then upgraded to a game-time decision. While he only saw 10 minutes of action, the fact that he was able to record two blocks in such limited minutes is a good sign for his health and availability moving forward. His presence off the bench should help starting center Marcin Gortat avoid 35-to-40 minute workloads for the remainder of the playoffs.
Mahinmi (calf) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Mahinmi was originally expected to miss his 10th straight game, but it appears he's made some unexpected progress and now has a chance of returning. Coach Scott Brooks did mention that if Mahinmi was ultimately cleared, he'd only play in short spurts and would see just a handful of minutes, as the Wizards would like to ease him back into the swing of things. Look for another update on his status at some point closer to tip, but a return from Mahinmi would likely cut into Jason Smith's playing time off the bench.
Mahinmi (calf) will be sidelined during Thursday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports. Though Mahinmi has been "improving day-by-day", he hasn't made enough progress to suit up for Thursday's Game 3. As he continues to be in street clothes, expect Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith to run the show at center for the time being.
Mahinmi (calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "[Mahinmi] is improving day-by-day. He's not ready to play yet," coach Scott Brooks said. It sounds like Mahinmi is getting close to a return, but he won't be ready to go by tip on Tuesday, marking a ninth straight absence for the big man. The Wizards continue to hold out hope for his return later this series, with his next shot to play in Game 3 on Thursday. Jason Smith should be relied upon for additional minutes in the frontcourt without Mahinmi available.
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