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Top Stories of the Week: The Wizards preseason has injury hiccups, but otherwise on the right track

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Let’s catch up on a week full of preseason basketball action.

Washington Wizards v New York Knicks Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Wizards’ preseason is well underway, and it will end next week. The Wizards have shown a good deal of promise so far, but there are some setbacks that we need to get to.

Ian Mahinmi is out for the next month ... or more

The center had meniscus surgery on his left knee on Friday. The good news is that Marcin Gortat should have plenty of playing time with no one breathing down his shoulder. Jason Smith should also get some meaningful minutes. But the bottom line is that Mahinmi is the Wizards’ biggest offseason signing, and things certainly didn’t start off on the right note with him so far. Let’s hope that the he’s back on the court sooner rather than later.

Wizards are 2-2 in the preseason — play the Kings tonight at UK with NO broadcasting coverage

John Wall played in his season debut last Monday, however they lost 90-88 against the New York Knicks. Then on Thursday, he had his home debut against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards won big 100-79, and Wall had a highlight dunk to quell doubts that he lost a step after rehab.

Now that these games have been done, the good news is that things are going quite well aside from Mahinmi’s injury. Alan Jenkins wrote five takeaways from the Wizards’ first four preseason games here.

The Wizards play the Kings later tonight at the University of Kentucky. Unfortunately, there is no local TV or radio coverage. Maybe Otto the Cat will get a cameo appearance.

Wizards Season Previews

The NBA season is starting in just a couple weeks! We got ‘ya covered with these things.

  • Our general staff preview is here. Saying this are “fine” has been a punchline of sorts since Media Day, but we think that Washington should be better than “fine” this season.
  • Tom Ziller and Paul Flannery of also talked about the Wizards and their expectations. They believe that Washington is a mystery team of sorts. If things play out the way we hope, the Wizards will be a factor in the Eastern Conference. If not, things will be quite bleak.
  • In addition, here’s a FanPost preview that I thought you’d enjoy.

More Wizards analysis

More Wizards news and other things

That’s all I have in this late links post. Hopefully the Wizards win later tonight vs. Sactown.