Wright hand-les full contact in Hoyas practice

Wright hand-les full contact in Hoyas practice
March 16, 2011, 1:56 am
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 9:53 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comParticipating in a full team practice on Monday for the first time in nearlythree weeks, Georgetown Hoyas guard Chris Wright fell down. Braced himself with two hands on the landing. Yes, including the broken and surgically operated on left, non-shooting one. It happened right in front of his head coach, John Thompson III. Normally a simple tumble during a drill would be overlooked. At most, it would generate a barked out order to get up, get back into position, now. This time, with the Hoyas suffering through a four-game losing skid largely due to Wright's absence and the start of the NCAA Tournament just a blink away, the coach took a different tact."You're OK, right kid?" That's the way on Tuesday, moments before the Hoyas set out for their second-round game in Chicago on Friday, Thompson described his immediate reaction about watching his senior point guard hit the court, which to Wright's ears caused a collective gasp in the gym. Well, except apparently from the teammate that doubles as his best friend. "Me being his friend and knowing him a long time, when he fell, I really didn't pay attention to it," said Austin Freeman, who has known Wright since childhood. "I got back to my spot. I knew he was going to get up anyway. I wasn't really worried when he fell. He's tough."Apparently when it comes to his backcourt partner, Austin's powers of deduction are sharp. Chris Wright got up, moved on and says he is good to go when the Hoyas take on the winner of Wednesday's play-in game between Virginia Commonwealth and Southern California."I got knocked around a few times, the hand got hit a few times. Just rolled with it, kept playing," said Wright, who had started 93 straight games before injuring the hand in the February 23 contest against Cincinnati. "Everything is fine structurally. I'm not favoring it at all."Perhaps not physically, but what about mentally? Maybe the Bowie native was thinking about getting re-injured now that he has returned to full-contact practices? "When I'm on the court I'm just playing. I'm not wondering if I need to pull my hand out of contested areas. Nah, I'm just playing ball," said the Hoyas leader in assists and steals.As for the offensive part of his game, the Hoyas second-leading scorer sounded confident there as well heading into Friday's (9:50, TNT) contest. "My shot feels good, Wright said," who added that he has been attempting lay-ups left-handed. "I'm happy about the past two days...It was great to get back out there, to run up and down, get into contact drills. It felt good for me and hopefully it will help lift the spirits of the team."The one area in which Wright, who led the Hoyas with 28 points in their opening game loss to Ohio last year, said would take some adjusting was simply getting used to the flow of the game."After probably the first media time-out I'll probably be exhausted, but I'll be all right," Wright said. "I'll adjust." Wright was not seeing carrying any luggage onto the team bus taking the Hoyas to the airport, but his presence will lift the point guard responsibilities off Freeman and the Hoyas other starting off-guard Jason Clark."Facing the pressures of bringing the ball up, I told Wright 'man, I don't know how you do it'", Clark said. Georgetown has averaged eight assists and 13 turnovers during the four-game losing streak.Without their floor leader, the Hoyas version of the Princeton offense has looked anything but smart, averaging a paltry 51.5 points. In that stretch the normally sweet-shooting squad made only 33.9 percent of their attempts from the field and 24.6 percent from beyond the arc.The Hoyas will gather together to watch the Rams (23-11) and Trojans (19-14) square off (9:00 p.m.), though Thompson is not sure if the yet to be determined setting will lead to an instructional or easygoing evening."We're trying to find where we can see Tru TV," Thompson said. "Wherever that venue is may dictate the mood."