Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Artis still out for Oregon?
By Matt Giles
UPDATE: Adam Jude of The Oregonian reported Tuesday that Oregon's Dominic Artis is doubtful for today's game at Washington. Again, it appears, Johnathan Loyd will have to run the point for the Ducks as Dana Altman's club look to get things turned around against the Huskies.
"We knew he was a good player when he was with us," Altman said of Artis during Tuesday's Pac-12 coaches conference call. "He was really growing as a player and improving every week. And since we've lost him, we've struggled. He was our primary ball-handler, so we've struggled a bit in that area.
"During conference play, he was shooting the three-point ball at 50 percent, so he had been shooting it well. So he spread the defense and made it a little easier for everybody (else). ... D.A.'s a good basketball player, so when you lose a player of that caliber it affects your team."
Oregon was able to snap their three-game losing streak by recently defeating Utah. We have written continuously about the absence of Dominic Artis; the freshman is out with a foot injury, and the Ducks have struggled to retain possession of the ball sans Artis. The squad's turnover rate has been boosted well over 20 percent, a disturbing sign when the team is also having difficulty making field goals. Against the Utes, Oregon again posted a less-than-promising turnover percentage of 24 percent, but after the contest, Matt Prehm of 247 Sports had a note about the possibility of a return timetable for Artis.
Artis, who has been using an underwater treadmill to maintain his game shape, will see a doctor this week and could potentially return for the Ducks' Washington series. And don't expect Artis to see major minutes when he returns; Altman informs Prehm, "We will bring him back slowly. We won't bring him back all at once."