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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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Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

When you know, you know.

Washington Wizards starting point guard Isaiah Thomas gave his take on former teammate Marcus Smart's reputation for flopping. Spoilers: he flops.

Thomas, who is returning to Boston on Wednesday for the first time as a starter, was teammates with Smart during his run with the Celtics from 2014-17. He didn't hold back from interrupting reporters to make sure everyone knows that Smart flops. (See the entire sequence play out in the video above.)

Despite being familiar with Smart, don't expect Thomas to know everything about how the Celtics will prepare for the Wizards. Thomas pointed out that only two of his former teammates are still with the team.

His history with Boston means a lot to Thomas, but his only focus on Wednesday will be earning the victory.

"The love is genuine between me and the city," Thomas said. "Hopefully we can just win the game. That's the most important." 


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Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Beating the Boston Celtics is always special, but this one likely means a little more for Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas will be returning to Boston for the first time as a starter, where he became a scoring sensation and MVP candidate during the 2016-17 season.

The Wizards will be looking for a win against the Celtics, as the team has played to the tune of a 2-6 record so far in the young NBA season. Boston, on the other hand, has won seven straight after dropping their season opener.


What: Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics, Game 9

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards at Celtics will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Celtics on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:30: Wizards @ Celtics (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), Jordan McRae (OUT, Finger)

Celtics: Gordon Hayward (OUT, Fractured hand)


Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.5 apg): Across 35.8 minutes per game, Beal is scoring 26.1 points per game, a career-high. Watch out for some buckets from Beal.

Isaiah Thomas, G, Wizards (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 6.2 apg): Thomas made his first start for the Wizards a week ago, and now he is set to return to Boston for the first time as a starter. Look out for a potential vintage performance.

Kemba Walker, G, Celtics (24.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.5 apg): The newest Celtic is leading the way in scoring for Boston and has been the Celtics' most efficient starter. Watch out for Walker in this one.