MATTHEW Wright rued missing shots that he usually makes as he wound up scoreless in Phoenix’s 110-88 defeat at the hands of San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night.
Coming off a career-high 27-point performance in the win against Ginebra last Saturday, the Fuel Masters rookie sensation missed all his 13 shots, including four from beyond the arc, against the Beermen.
“A lot of shots I missed were very uncharacteristic,” said Wright, the last player to emerge from the Phoenix dugout. “I make those shots with my eyes closed. I don’t know what happened today.”
“But I already forgot about it,” the Rookie of the Year race frontrunner was quick to add. “I should prepare for Rain or Shine now.”
Wright also credited the San Miguel defense for holding him scoreless for the second time in three meetings.
“Yes (they played good defense),” the 26-year-old wingman said. “They are a championship team. They denied me a couple of times, they know that the best way to stop somebody is just not to let them touch the ball.”
Still, Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia saw some positives from the Gilas pool member, who had 10 boards, seven assists, three steals in 30 minutes.
“He was able to do some things, little things. He had some rebounds and assists.”
“Pero days like this happen,” he added. “The defense concentrated a lot on him today, I saw that. It opened up RJ (Jazul) for some shots but still we missed too much threes.”
Wright feels he doesn’t have to change his mindset even with the added attention he’s been getting from the defense.
“I think I should just be super aggressive every time,” the Filipino-Canadian cager said. “Some games it's not gonna fall but I believe in the law of averages, so next game I’m due. That's the only way I can think about it.”