The Washington Wizards will be without their backup center for the start of the postseason.
On Wednesday, coach Scott Brooks announced that Ian Mahinmi will miss the team's regular season finale in Miami, as well as upcoming games, as he deals with a strained left calf. Mahinmi underwent an MRI exam that revealed swelling. He will be evaluated again in 7 to 10 days.
Although the NBA has not yet released the playoff schedule, the evaluation timeline could keep Mahinmi sidelined for at least the opening three games of the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
"Hopefully he feels better then, but you never know," Brooks said. "But he's definitely going to miss the first couple of games [of the playoffs]."
Mahinmi has endured an injury-plagued first season with the Wizards. Although last summer the 30-year-old Mahinmi was brought in as Marcin Gortat's backup, the Wizards have played more games without him.
In October, Mahinmi had surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Later, he developed soreness in the right knee after completing six weeks of rehabilitation from the procedure. In late December, Mahinmi missed six more weeks after flying to Florida to receive platelet-rich plasma injections on both knees. Since his recovery, Mahinmi has appeared in 31 games and averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.
"We'll definitely miss Ian because he was actually playing his best basketball, defensively he was giving us a very good rim protector and pick-and-roll player," Brooks said. "I'm still confident in the group. We'll still play hard and play well."
— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post
More Wizards: Goran Dragic scored 28 points, Hassan Whiteside added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and the Heat defeated the Wizards, 110-102, on Wednesday night while being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.
Trey Burke scored 27 for Washington, while Sheldon McClellan had 18, Marcin Gortat added 16 and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 11.
Washington started the season 2-8, and ended up with the No. 4 seed in the East.
"We have a team that plays hard, just like Miami," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "They have a team that they can be proud of every night. You're not going to win every night, but you're going to leave everything on the floor every night. And we've done the same thing."
Wilde Lake's DuVall in 'Circle of Legends'
Former Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall will be inducted into the DC Touchdown Club's Circle of Legends on Thursday night at its annual awards dinner at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. DuVall, who won 308 games and five state championships with the Wildecats, will be the sixth inductee. He joins Roy Lester, Richard Montgomery; Jim Fegan, Georgetown Prep; Joe Gallagher, St. John's; Willie Stewart, Anacostia; and Al Thomas, Seneca Valley, Damascus and Sherwood. "I'm really thrilled about it," DuVall said. "To be in the same category with these guys is real impressive for me. I think it was [George Bernard] Shaw who said one time, 'If you want to be successful in life, find something you love to do and just do it,' so that's how it happened for me." In 36 years as head coach of the Wildecats, DuVall also won 20 Howard County championships. He is one of only three coaches in Maryland ever to reach 300 wins.
— Katherine Dunn
Terps to host ex-Devil Obi; Ravens don't want early bye
Looking to fill both a roster spot as well as a pressing need for a high-volume rebounder, Maryland will host Duke transfer Sean Obi on Monday, an athletic department source confirmed. Obi played sparingly for the Blue Devils while fighting knee injuries the past two years after transferring from Rice, where he led Conference USA with 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman. Obi, 6-9, 255 pounds, who is from Nigeria, will graduate from Duke this spring and will immediately be eligible next season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
— Don Markus
Ravens: The 2017 NFL regular-season schedule could come out as early as next week and if the Ravens have their way, their bye won't fall on Week 4. Ravens president Dick Cass confirmed that the team has asked the league not to give the team its bye after the Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sept. 24. Teams that have played in London have traditionally gotten the next week off because of the travel demands playing overseas. But some teams prefer to have their week off closer to the midpoint because it helps break the season up and it provides a boost for a potential playoff run.
— Jeff Zrebiec
WNBA: According to several online mock drafts, Maryland guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has been linked in tonight's draft to the Washington Mystics at No. 6 and the Atlanta Dream at No.7. The Dream need offensive punch after the announcement that two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) will sit out at least a portion of the season. Walker-Kimbrough joins center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) as Terps forecast to go in the top 10.
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post