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Ian Mahinmi to miss games for Wizards vs. Hawks in 2017 NBA Playoffs

Ian Mahinmi to miss games for Wizards vs. Hawks in 2017 NBA Playoffs

The Wizards won’t have big man Ian Mahinmi for the start of their playoff run that begins this weekend vs. the Atlanta Hawks.

On Wednesday, team officials announced that Mahinmi will miss the regular-season finale with a strained left calf and is expected to be reevaluated in 7-10 days.  

Mahinmi came down awkwardly after contesting a jump shot late in the Wizards' 105-101 Monday victory over the Detroit Pistons.  

He immediately left the floor and didn’t return and went through tests to confirm the initial diagnosis of a calf strain.

Mahinmi was given crutches that night and hobbled around the locker room but eventually was able to put pressure on his left leg with the help of the athletic training staff.

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His absence will mean more time for Jason Smith who has had spells of inactivity in Scott Brooks’ rotation because of Mahinmi’s emergence.

Against Atlanta, Mahinmi is key because of his ability to defend away from the rim against versatile centers as well as underneath vs. physical ones such Dwight Howard.

The Hawks’ second unit that uses Mike Muscala as the spread five shoots a lot of threes. Smith should be able to fill that void against him.

Brooks also could adjust his rotation and use Markieff Morris, who plays more as the spread five than Smith in small lineups, to counter it. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.