- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Markieff Morris put his left shoe on last Tuesday night because his left ankle was still swollen and wrapped, even after a postgame ice bath.

Morris was intent on playing in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics though he badly sprained his ankle in the second quarter of Game 1. After multiple tests pregame, Morris ended up starting and playing 27 minutes. He is one of the key figures in the series, which Boston leads, 2-0. Game 3 is Thursday night at 8 in Washington. Morris is expected to play then.

“‘Kieff came in today sore, which, we kind of expected that,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said Wednesday. “But no setbacks, which was good. The next day, you’re always going to be a little sore. He feels fine. I don’t anticipate that changing [Thursday]. He should actually feel a little bit better [Thursday], going into [Thursday] night.”

Brooks expects Washington to still be without backup center Ian Mahinmi, who has not played since he strained his left calf April 10.

“Ian, still day-to-day,” Brooks said. “He’s progressing in the right direction, but not ready to be on the court to play at the level we need him to play at. But, he’s definitely improving. Probably won’t play [Thursday] night.”

Mahinmi had claimed during the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks he would be ready to play before it ended. Washington’s final game against Atlanta was five days ago as of Wednesday.

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