The Portland Trail Blazers were dealt another blow with the news that reserve swingman Dorell Wright will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken left hand.
Wright suffered the injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The injury occurred when Wright got his hand caught up in the jersey of DeAndre Jordan while guarding the big man in the post.
Wright’s statistics aren’t impressive, as his regular-season averages will finish at 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. However, he had been playing more in the wake of the season-ending Achilles injury to Wesley Matthews, so this further hurts the Blazers’ wing depth. The 29-year-old is also a quality shooter at 38.0 percent from three on the year and 36.5 percent for his career, so that’ll have to be replaced.
While Wright is certainly bummed with the timing of the injury, he’s keeping an optimistic outlook, per Casey Holdahl of ForwardCenter.net:
“It’s all good, injuries are part of the game and that’s something I understand,” said Wright after Portland’s shootaround. “It’s not life-threatening or end of the world. Things happen. I really believe the guys we have on this team can step up, play hard and give it their all as well. Just weak that it happened, the timing is all bad. If this was a month or two ago, it’d be all good. But right now, it’s just bad timing.”
With this four-to-six week timetable, Wright is basically guaranteed to miss the opening round of the playoffs. If Portland advances, he may be able to return for the second round.