BROOKLYN – After being declared out as recently as heading into Monday's game with the Cleveland Cavaliers, backup center Ian Mahinmi has been upgraded to questionable by the Wizards for Wednesday's game at the Nets.
Coach Scott Brooks has been optimistic after seeing the 6-11 center practice for the first time over the weekend and after he went through two shootarounds that included Monday.
Mahinmi has had platelet-rich plasma therapy to both knees and was listed as out for six weeks. He had surgery on the left knee in October and only has made one appearance all season.
CSNmidatlantic.com reported recently that the Wizards expected him to play before the All-Star break that begins after their game Feb. 16 so they could gauge his availability for the stretch run of the season – and before the Feb. 23 trade deadline as well.
"I'm just focused on getting him back and then integrating him with our team and then trying to find the mix of where to play him, who to play him with," Brooks said before Monday's game vs. Cleveland. "There's going to be an adjustment period. ... We have to figure out how to do it on the fly and make it as seamless as possible."