Ian Mahinmi hasn't been able to get himself on track since joining the Wizards, and his season took a wrong turn when coach Scott Brooks said he'd be out 4-6 weeks after he had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
How that changes the decisions going forward when Brooks has to whittle down his roster from 18 to the 15 maximum by the start of the regular season Oct. 27 isn't clear. Undrafted free agent Daniel Ochefu has played sparingly but is in line for a significant bump. Andrew Nicholson also will log time in Mahinmi's place.
"It’s going to give other guys opportunity," Brooks said about the playing time with three preseason games left, including tonight vs. the Sacramento Kings in Lexington, Ky. "D.O. is going to get opportunity. He’s going to play extended minutes tonight against (DeMarcus) Cousins so it’s going to be a very interesting rookie experience for him."
Jason Smith (oblique), Bradley Beal (rest) and Otto Porter (ribs) will sit out tonight's game. Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre will start.
Mahinmi played 15 minutes in Thursday's 100-79 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers when he injured his left knee in the fourth quarter. He missed time in traning camp because he said he'd bumped his right knee during a practice. The same thing might've happened this time.
"He was really starting to play well because of defensive rim protection, his ability to anchor the defense. His experience. But we have depth. Andrew is going to step in there," Brooks said. "I thought he played extremely well last game."
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