With a slew of injuries in training camp the Trail Blazers are still trying to incorporate all the pieces they have added to their altered lineup. This week could see the introduction of a key one: Dorell Wright. Wright has been missing in action since dislocating his right middle finger in practice Oct. 4. It was the second time in about a week he popped the finger out of its socket having also done so in a workout just before training camp. Wright played in the Blazers’ Fan Fest scrimmage on Oct. 6 but after shooting 1 for 7 and struggling with the finger was kept out of practice for much of last week and he did not play in any of the first three preseason games. “It’s getting better” Wright said after practice Monday. “This is a process. When you’re dealing with something like this you just have to stay on top of it get the right treatment.” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that if Wright is cleared to play he intends get the forward into Wednesday’s preseason game at Utah. The Blazers signed the 6-foot-9 Wright soon after free agency started in July. Wright a nine-year veteran is best known as a three-point marksman who led the NBA in attempts and makes in 2010-11 when he was with Golden State. The injury has been a hindrance to Wright who has to wear a splint taped to the finger. He said he has been diligent about icing and keeping the finger extended and the swelling and pain have subsided. “I’m really getting used to catching the ball” he said. “At first it was really tender. When I was catching the ball I was trying to catch it like a first baseman then bring my right hand to it. But now I’m very comfortable catching with both hands. I think I’m past that stage as far as the soreness and all that. Now it’s just getting comfortable catching the ball and shooting.” Wright said he is starting to grasp the Blazers’ offensive terminology as he tries to get his game legs back. “He knows how to get his shots he’s been around the league a long time and he’ll do a good job on his own of figuring out how he fits in” Stotts said.
Wright eager to play as Trail Blazers try to figure out his role
Oregonian | Oct 15