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Wizards' Mahinmi takes step in rehab, Morris misses practice

Wizards' Mahinmi takes step in rehab, Morris misses practice

Sunday's practice at the Verizon Center brought injury updates for two Wizards big men as they look ahead to Monday's matchup against the Phoenix Suns.

Power forward Markieff Morris, who left Saturday night's game against the Heat after twisting his right ankle, did not participate in practice. After sounding confident that he would both practice and play in Monday's game, Morris' availability is now somewhat in question.

"I don't know what his status will be tomorrow. He did say he's feeling a little better, but he's sore," head coach Scott Brooks said.

Morris, however, believes he will be fine.

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Morris is a key cog for the Wizards, who fell to 3-9 on the season after Saturday night's loss. He is fourth on the team in points (13.7 ppg), third in rebounds (6.5 rpg) and fifth in minutes (31 mpg). Morris has proven particularly valuable on the defensive end against power forwards who can stretch the floor with outside shots.

The other update was a positive step for center Ian Mahinmi, who continues to rehab from his Oct. 15 surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus. The Wizards' biggest offseason acquisition, Mahinmi practiced for the second straight day and this time ramped up his workload. 

"We did about 30 to 45 minutes and he responded well," Brooks said. "This is his first time doing some 4-on-4 and halfcourt. He did a little bit of 3-on-3 fullcourt for some conditioning. He looked great. I like what he brings to our team. He brings his defensive toughness. But we'll see how he responds tomorrow. It's always the next day when you come back from an injury. He looked good today."

Wizards guard Marcus Thornton observed Mahimni and shared his assessment.

"Ian, he's getting there. He's getting there. He's not there yet. He still has a little touching up to do. You take that long off in basketball, it takes a while to shape. He's looked good in the running part, but it's going to take a lot longer to get back into basketball shape," Thornton said.

Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million contract to join the Wizards as a free agent in July.

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Rui Hachimura is set to miss his 16th straight game with a groin injury, and his return to the court doesn't seem close. 

Before the Wizards took on the Raptors Friday night, head coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure if Hachimura would return before the start of February. 

Previously, Hachimura was set scheduled to be reevaluated in mid-January, so it appears after that checkpoint, the Wizards aren't ready to bring back their promising young forward. 

Hachimura originally sustained the injury by accidentally getting kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga on December 16. Before going down, Hachimura was flashing plenty of promise as a versatile offensive weapon at the power forward spot. 

As one of the top rookies in the game before the injury, Hachimura seemed like a lock to play in the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star weekend. That's about a month away, so this new timeline would put Hachimura's availability for that game in doubt. 

Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Ian Mahinmi have helped fill in for the rookie, but in a season where development was arguably more important than winning, the Wizards and Hachimura caught a really tough break with this injury. 

In the meantime, Washington will have their hands full with Pascal Siakam and the defending champion Raptors on the road. 

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