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The Morning After: Thoughts are With Chris; Focus is on Cuse

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Wright Breaks Hand in Loss to Cincinnati - The Hoya - Sports
"He came out of the locker room, said he was OK. He's tough, he's a tough kid," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "He would play with one hand if he could. One trip up and down the court, you could see, he was in excruciating pain. That's when the doctor and trainer came over, and said, ‘We're pretty sure it's broken.' For him to ask if he could come out, you could tell he was in excruciating pain, because he's as tough as they come."

Georgetown's Wright Breaks Hand; Likely Done for Season - Yardbarker
Thompson told reporters there is no timetable for his return, but it would be difficult to imagine Wright being back unless the Hoyas advance deep in the NCAA tournament. ``He’s most likely done for the season," said one source. ``Six weeks." 

Georgetown’s Chris Wright breaks his hand in a loss to Cincinnati | Beyond the Arc
While it looks bad right now, I urge Hoya fans to look at Christian Watford’s player profile before they throw in the towel on this season. Watford broke his non-shooting hand on January 30th and underwent surgery to repair it. He was back in the Indiana lineup on February 12th. He missed three games.

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Given that we’re less than a week away from March, we’d find it difficult to envision a situation where Wright could return effectively to the lineup — after all, he needs to be able to dribble the ball with either hand.

Georgetown vs. Cincinnati: Chris Wright suffers broken hand in Hoyas' 58-46 loss
"He missed a lot of shots he had been making," Thompson said. "We went through a stretch where we said, 'Okay, let's stop taking threes, let's get it inside, get good, deep post position'. And the ball just didn't go in. Should I give some of their post defenders credit? Probably. But Jules was getting the ball two or three feet from the basket."

No. 11 Hoyas fall to Bearcats, 58-46; lose Wright to hand injury | Craig Stouffer | College | Washington Examiner
Meanwhile, Georgetown (21-7, 10-6) fell into a tie for fifth in the Big East, but a scramble for seeding in the conference tournament will now be far overshadowed by concerns over the health of player that will be crucial to the Hoyas’ hopes in March no matter where they finish the regular season.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - February 23, 2011 - ESPN
"I just thought we were out of sync," Thompson said. "I thought we went through a phase where we started feeling sorry for ourselves, which we don't need to do." 

Georgetown's Adjustments Without Chris Wright & Cincinnati's Surge - RealGM Articles
We can speculate how Georgetown will perform if Chris Wright cannot play.  First, we are going to get to learn a lot about backup point guard Markel Starks. Announcers have been raving about Starks all year, but his efficiency numbers have been quite frankly terrible. His ORtg entering Wednesday’s game was just 70.4 on the season. And while he seemed to be playing with a lot of emotion after Wright went down, he still could execute. Starks was 0-3 from the field with no assists and one turnover. The team may respond by playing Vee Sanford more, but John Thompson only seems to play Sanford at the end of halves, perhaps trying to protect him defensively by playing him against a tired opponent.  Or perhaps Hollis Thompson will slide over and play a traditional wing spot alongside two other Georgetown bigs. Regardless, the DC3 has now become the DC2. But all the analysis, all the talk of seeding, suddenly becomes less important when you see an injury like this occur. It reminds us that however long the season may seem in November, the college experience is fleeting. Injuries are depressing for any player. But when a senior sees his time on the court cut short, it seems all the more painful.