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Wizards' Ian Mahinmi out one game after returning from knee surgery

Wizards' Ian Mahinmi out one game after returning from knee surgery

Just one game and two days after Ian Mahinmi returned after a six-week long recovery from left knee surgery, the Wizards center is out of the lineup again, this time due to soreness in his right knee.

Mahinmi, 30, had surgery on Oct. 15 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He played 14 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night in his season debut, but did not feel up for Monday night's matchup against the Sacramento Kings.

"His right knee is sore, his non-surgical knee," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We just want to be cautious. He's done a great job of putting himself in a position to come back from his surgery. It's just been sore the last couple of days. He is day-to-day, so we'll see where we go from here."

Brooks said he does not know if Mahinmi's right knee is now bothering him because he compensated for the pain in his left knee on Saturday or before that in practices.

"It could be. We don't know. I'll give him a lot of credit. He's really done a good job of working with our staff to be back in six weeks. It could be, but we don't know. He just said it's sore and we'll be real cautious with it and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million contract to join the Wizards in free agency this summer. He played the previous four seasons with the Indiana Pacers.

Brooks offered another injury update on Monday, that rookie Danuel House is set to see a specialist for his sprained right wrist. Brooks hopes to know more about what's next for House on Tuesday.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Before the Wizards faced off with the best team in the NBA Monday night, the Bucks tried to send a message ahead of pregame intros. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, joined by Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and a number of his Bucks teammates, challenged Wizards mascot G-Wiz to a title fight in the tunnel, and it did not go well for the latter. 

G-Wiz was outnumbered 4-to-1. He didn't have a chance, not to mention the fact that Antetokounmpo performed an egregiously illegal move by smashing G-Wiz in the face with the championship belt. The reigning NBA MVP should have been disqualified immediately. 

The Bucks have had plenty of time to practice for this day too. Before every game this year, Milwaukee holds intrasquad wrestling matches to get themselves ready for tip-off.

It's unclear how much preparation G-Wiz went through with Wizards players prior to this game. 

Hopefully the Bucks will arrange a fair rematch the next time they come to town. The odds were stacked heavily against G-Wiz in this one and Wizards fans should be furious. 

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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night without their best shooter and second-leading scorer, as forward Davis Bertans will sit due to right knee soreness. 

Head coach Scott Brooks revealed the news during his pregame press conference and explained it was precautionary in part because the Wizards were playing games on back-to-back nights.

"We want to be safe. Nothing serious," Brooks said. "Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow."

Brooks said Bertans first started feeling discomfort before Sunday's loss in Chicago. Bertans then played 37 minutes in the game, which Brooks admitted was more than the team had planned.

Bertans could return as soon as Wednesday when the Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets, Brooks said. But they will certainly miss him against the Bucks, who at 48-8 hold the best record in the NBA. Milwaukee doesn't have many weaknesses, but three-point defense happens to be one of them.

Bertans, 27, is averaging 15 points per game this season while shooting 42.2 percent from long range. With him out of the rotation, expect more minutes to go to Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga. Jerome Robinson could also play more in small lineups.

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