Changes afoot before Game 3 between Washington and Boston

May 5, 2017

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Scott Brooks, Washington coach said that during the Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Wizards and Boston Celtics, the backup center Ian Mahinmi has been upgraded to a “game-time decision”.

According to what Brooks said on Wednesday, Mahinmi was actually out of the game. But after he had a good work out on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Washington will see if he can take the next step pregame and get onto the court for the first time since April 10.

Before I talked to the media [Wednesday], I didn’t hear about his workouts. The last for our five days, it’s been day-to-day decisions. When you have a calf injury, it is day-to-day. You just have to keep monitoring and keep giving a little bit of an increased workload. He’s been able to do that. Give him credit, he’s wanted to get out there the last couple of games, but we’ve had to be cautious on that, “Brooks said.

Mahinmi injured his left calf in the Wizards‘ second-to-last game of the regular season, just when he had found a rhythm with the second unit, and, at times, the starters. If he plays, it won’t be a lot of minutes.

Boston is making the change that Washington is hoping for.

Gerald Green was re-inserted by Celtics in the starting game, but fell behind 16-0. For the second game, they tried Amir Johnson who played just five minutes in Game 2 and Washington scored 42 points in the first quarter. Green was inserted into the Celtics‘ starting lineup in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. He allows them to space the floor and scramble and recover on defense.

Boston coach Brad Stevens said, “In the last four games of the Chicago series, the way we started the games, with the exception of the game at home, was good. Obviously, we didn’t start either of the last two games well. But, probably the most important thing was as I looked at it, I wanted to keep our bench intact. We’ve been good all year with the Amir-Al [Horford] combination, but I think one of the things we do when we play our best is we spread people out and be able to play with space and shooting.”