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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