Saturday, October 28, 2006

Injuries Continue To Bother Bruins

By Bruin Basketball Report

As the Bruins continue their preparations at practices for the upcoming season inside Pauley Pavilion, similar to last season - injuries are beginning to take their toll on the team.

Center Ryan Wright recently sprained his ankle and is in a walking boot.  His prognosis at this time is unknown. 

After a difficult time at the start of preseason practices, Wright has impressed Howland with his rebounding and strong effort on the court.

After receiving rave reviews on his play from UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland, freshman Russell Westbrook suffered a concussion at practice yesterday and will be unable to practice for the next three days due to precautionary measures. 

Howland has been extremely satisfied with Westbrook's play at the point and especially likes his ability to defend at the position.  He foresees Westbrook as the primary backup point-guard this season.

Junior Lorenzo Mata is still hobbling after undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago.  He is not expected back until after the BYU game.

With injuries to Wright, Westbrook, and Mata, Howland is down to just nine scholarship players at practices which is making it difficult for him to implement all the sets and plays he had planned for during the preseason.

Some good news on the injury front.  Both freshman Nikola Dragovic and junior Arron Afflalo have returned from minor leg injuries and are practicing at 100%.

(photo credit: AP)



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