Wizards big man Ian Mahinmi's bad luck with injuries this season continued on Friday night, as the big man did not appear in the second half of Washington's loss to the Sixers in Philadelphia on Friday due to back tightness.
Head coach Scott Brooks explained the injury as minor following the game.
"His back tighened up on him. I don’t think it’s too serious. I didn’t want to throw him out there in the second half, knowing that it was tight at halftime," Brooks said.
Mahinmi described the discomfort as back spasms to Wizards Insider J. Michael"
This is the latest in a long injury saga for Mahinmi this season. The 30-year-old first suffered a torn left meniscus in Philly during the preseason and had surgery on Oct. 15. He later returned on Nov. 26 against the Spurs, only to go back down again with right knee tendinitis.
Mahinmi remained out until Feb. 8 against the Brooklyn Nets after undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both knees in December. Friday was his fifth game back and his sixth of the season so far.
The Wizards signed Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million contract in free agency this past summer.