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Washington backup Jason Smith cleared to play vs. Hawks

April 28, 2017 GMT

              Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) dunks against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) and forward Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) dunks against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) and forward Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) dunks against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) and forward Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

The front-court reserve left the previous game with a sprained left knee and did not return.

After getting extensive treatment over the last two days, he’s been cleared to play.

Smith’s return ensures that starting center Marcin Gortat won’t be forced to play additional minutes, allowing the Wizards to stay in their normal rotation.

Coach Scott Brooks credits the training staff for getting Smith ready to play so quickly.

The Wizards lead the series 3-2 and are looking for a clinching victory in Atlanta.

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