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Coach Vanguardia insists Wright is not what's wrong with Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines – By all accounts, the Phoenix Fuel Masters should be a better team with Matthew Wright around.

Wright has been quite impressive as a rookie, averaging 16.7 points after the first two conferences, shooting 34.7% from beyond the arc. He is also norming 6.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game heading into the Governors' Cup.

Matthew Wright attempts a shot for Phoenix against NLEX. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
Yet his presence on the court has not translated to success for the Fuel Masters – at least, not in the season-ending Govenors' Cup. Phoenix opened the conference with two straight wins, while Wright was with Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup in Taiwan.

But since his return, they have lost back-to-back games: a 100-91 result to GlobalPort where Wright shot 0-of-6 from the field; and a 95-91 defeat to NLEX that saw Wright score 17 points, only for the Fuel Masters to squander a 10-point lead in the final quarter.

"We just lost," Wright said afterward. "Some poor executions down the stretch, that's why we lost."

His personal bounce-back performance after shooting poorly against GlobalPort was of no comfort to Wright. "It doesn't matter. We lost the game… I just want to win the game," he said. "It's frustrating when your team is losing."

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/31/17/coach-vanguardia-insists-wright-is-not-whats-wrong-with-phoenix

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