BOSTON – Despite making just 29.8 percent of his field goals through four games, 76ers coach Doug Collins doesn’t appear too worried about Dorell Wright eventually finding his range.
“The one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t talk to a shooter if he’s struggling,” Collins said at the team’s morning shootaround prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics. “If he’s struggling or not shooting the ball well, that only magnifies things.”
Wright has been thrust into the starting shooting guard role as a result of Jason Richardson’s sprained left ankle. Richardson could be back as early as Monday.
Tonight against the Celtics - 2-2 just like the Sixers would be a good night for Wright, who is averaging 11.5 points per game, to find his rhythm. Boston will be looking to win its fourth regular season game in a row here over the Sixers. And going back to the 2007-08 season, Boston has won 14 of the last 19 meetings between the teams.
Wright has made just 7 of 27 three-point baskets this season (25.9 percent) after making 105 of 292 (36.0) last season with Golden State.
“One thing he’s not going to take away from me is my outside shot,” Wright said when asked if he and Collins had talked about his shooting. “That’s one of the reasons why they brought me here. I just haven’t made as many as I would like to have made, but it will come around. It’s the fifth game of the year. You never know. I might get hot tonight.”
That would be a welcome sight for the Sixers.