Scott Brooks may have to get used to playing with his small-ball lineup at the start of the 2018-19 season. 

With Dwight Howard's latest setback furthering uncertainty as to when his back will be good for practice, the Wizards have looked to fellow big men Ian Mahinmi and Thomas Bryant. 

During Monday night's preseason game in New York against the Knicks, Bryant was en route to checking off his best outing as a Wizard. In eight minutes of work, the 21-year-old notched seven points while grabbing six rebounds. 

But a third quarter inadvertent collision with John Wall left Bryant in visible pain on the floor and he had to be helped to the locker room

"He hyperextended his left knee and sprained his left ankle," Brooks told Chris Miller. "The swelling is not bad so that's a good sign. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." 

Bryant is in his first season with the Wizards after only appearing in 15 games for the Lakers during his rookie season a year ago.