Ahead of the Washington Wizards’ next game in Brooklyn, center Ian Mahinmi has shown promising signs in his knee rehabilitation and could return to the court as soon as Wednesday night for the first time in more than two months.
Mahinmi, who had knee injections in December, has recently participated in the team’s brief practices and progressed without setbacks. The Wizards (30-21) canceled practice Tuesday following the team’s stunning 140-135 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Coach Scott Brooks positively reviewed Mahinmi’s previous sessions as a “few good days of work.”
Brooks indicated that the decision to clear Mahinmi for game action has not fully been made, but the possibility exists that he might play limited minutes this week, including against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
“There is a chance,” Brooks said.
Mahinmi, 30, made his season debut Nov. 26 after missing most of the preseason, as well as the start of the regular season schedule, because of surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Mahinmi played only 14 minutes but soon returned to the injury list with a cycle of soreness in what was believed to be his healthy right knee.
After several weeks, the team announced that Mahinmi’s rehabilitation from the knee surgery brought on tendinitis in his right knee and a bone bruise in his left and that he required platelet-rich plasma treatment.
Mahinmi visited the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics Center & Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Fla., and according to the facility’s website, the procedure commonly referred to as “PRP” is a way to “stimulate the healing of a chronically injured tissue.”
Last week, when Mahinmi spoke with reporters after his first five-on-five action, he said: “I feel like I’m fixed.”