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Wizards update walking wounded with Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Ian Mahinmi

Wizards update walking wounded with Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Ian Mahinmi

The status of Markieff Morris, who played on a bad left ankle in Game 2, is improving for the Wizards who expect him to be available again for Game 3 vs. the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Ian Mahinmi, however, should remain absent with a left calf strain.

"Keef came in today sore but we expected that. No setbacks, which was good," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after his team lost 129-119 in overtime on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

"The next day you're always going to be a little sore. He's fine. I don't anticipate that changing tomorrow. Actually he should feel a little better tomorrow.

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"Ian, still day-to-day. He's progressing in the right direction but not ready to be on the court to play at the level we need him to play at. He's definitely improving. Probably won't play tomorrow night."Mahinmi has missed nine consecutive games, dating to the regular-season finale for the Wizards. They had both bigs, Morris and Marcin Gortat, in foul trouble and each ended up disqualified and they now trail the Celtics 2-0. 

Morris badly rolled his ankle in Game 1 of the series but avoided any structural damage. 

Otto Porter took a hard blow about the shoulders from Jae Crowder in Game 2 and slammed his elbow onto the floor. It was swollen post game.

"Otto was banged up," Brooks said. "Took a serious hit to the head but he was fine."

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Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

WASHINGTON -- The long-awaited return of Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is getting closer, as he participated in a full practice on Saturday for the first time since suffering a groin injury back on Dec. 16.

Hachimura, 21, had no limitations, per head coach Scott Brooks. He went through all of their drills and full-contact scrimmages.

"He did well. He went through everything. That's another good day," Brooks said.

The final hurdle for Hachimura at this point involves getting into game shape. His conditioning is not close to midseason form after missing seven weeks of games.

Brooks said Hachimura definitely will not return before the end of the team's current road trip, which ends on Tuesday in Milwaukee. After that, however, it could be a matter of days.

 

The Wizards will return to Washington after playing the Bucks for a six-game homestand. It seems likely he is back by the time it's over.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Hachimura has had a strong rookie season so far, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Wizards have gone 7-12 since he's been out.

Hachimura suffered the injury when he was inadvertently kicked between the legs by teammate Isaac Bonga. He required a minor procedure and was away from the team for weeks before slowly working his way back to basketball activities and then participating in practices.

Saturday was a big step in his recovery and it now puts the finish line into focus.

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Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

When the Maryland Terps faced Indiana for the first time in Big Ten play this season in early January, one famous former Hoosiers player sat in the stands cheering his team on. Wizards center Thomas Bryant allowed NBC Sports Washington to follow him throughout the game, where he showed his trademark enthusiasm for his former team. 

"It feels great," he said when asked by NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes how it feels to be watching his alma mater. "It seems like yesterday I was just playing against Maryland myself."

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Unfortunately for Bryant, the Hoosiers lost that game. But they'll get another shot at the Terps on Sunday. 

But Bryant, who will have his own game to suit up for when the Wizards take on the Hawks, won't be there to cheer. But when he did have the chance - he was vocal. After all, he told Hughes, that's just the type of fan and teammate he is.

"No matter if I'm out there or not, I'm going to be on my brother's side," he said.

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