Ian Mahinmi will miss Game 1 between Wizards and Celtics


The Wizards will be without backup center Ian Mahinmi as they begin their second round playoff series at the Celtics on Sunday, coach Scott Brooks said on Saturday evening.

Mahinmi continues to be sidelined by a left calf strain he suffered on April 10 in Detroit. He has since undergone an MRI that revealed swelling, but has not been able to work his way back to 100 percent.

Mahinmi expressed optimism just this week that he would be able to return by the end of the Wizards' first round series against the Hawks, but that was ultimately not the case.

Mahinmi, 30, miss 51 games during the regular season due to various injuries and has not appeared in the playoffs. He signed a four-year, $64 million free agent contract to join the Wizards in July.

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