BROOKLYN -- Ian Mahinmi will be available to play for just the second time this season for the Wizards as they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

The backup center went through a full practice, two shootarounds and a series of individual works to test out his knees over the last week.

"He's had a couple of good workouts with us, some good shootaround," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think it's time to put him on the floor a few minutes, five or six minutes each half and see how it goes from there. He's ready to play. He's worked extremely hard to put himself in this position."

Mahinmi had been upgraded to questionable Monday. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy on both knees in December after having surgery to the left knee in October to remove loose cartilage.

He'd only played once, 14 minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs, on Nov. 26 before tendinitis in the right knee put Mahinmi on the shelf again. 

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The backup for Marcin Gortat in the middle has been Jason Smith who is a face-up forward who can log some time in the middle if needed. But that latter isn't the best use of his skill set for a team that already has a short bench rotation. 

 

Mahinmi's return isn't a surprise. CSNmidatlantic.com reported on Jan. 31 that the team expected him to play before the All-Star break that begins after their Feb. 16 game. 

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