Wizards C Ian Mahinmi to miss at least six weeks after knee injections

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The Washington Wizards were hoping Ian Mahinmi would be the front line help they needed when they signed him to a 4-year, $64 million deal this offseason. Unfortunately, Mahinmi missed the first part of the season for Washington and has played in just one game. Now, it looks as though the Wizards will be out him until 2017.

As reported by multiple media outlets, the Wizards released in a statement on Tuesday that Mahinmi will be out for at least six weeks as he undergoes PRP injections on both knees.

Via Twitter:

PRP is a platelet-rich plasma injection that helps aid the healing of soft tissue.

Several high-visibility players in the NBA have received PRP injections in the past, including Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Wesley Matthews, Brandon Roy, Enes Kanter, among others.

It’s a serious blow for the Wizards, who are 6-4 in December but have the 22nd-ranked defense in terms of efficiency according to

Washington’s front line has largely consisted of minutes from Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith, and Andrew Nicholson as of late, and it looks like that trend will continue.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.