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December 21, 2006 at 4:04 PM

Huskies try to avoid letdown

The Huskies held a light practice this morning, a day after beating Louisiana State and a day before facing Weber State.
It’s the first time this season UW has played two games in three days, but it’s the traditional Pac-10 conference format so it’s something coaches wanted the Huskies to get used to heading into conference games (UW did play three in three days at its tournament in November).
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he’s curious to see how the team responds to the big win over LSU. He said he never worried about that the last few years, saying he had a good handle on the temperament of that group of players (Brandon Roy, Bobby Jones, etc.). But this is a new team, and he called it “a fair question” to ask if the Huskies can avoid a letdown.
Much of the conversation today revolved around the play of Jon Brockman, and some of that will be included in my story in Friday’s paper.
Here are a few other notes:
— There were a number of notable people at Wednesday’s game, including former coaches Digger Phelps and George Raveling. One who wasn’t there, however, was Hall of Famer Bill Russell, though some thought they might have seen him. Instead, the man they saw who bore a striking resemblance to Russell was Collis Temple, the father of LSU guard Garrett Temple. Even Romar said he thought Temple was Russell when he first saw him a few days ago. Collis Temple played a year in the ABA in 1974-75 as a 6-8 forward.
— Romar said there remains no change in the status of Joel Smith, who is still expected back sometime in mid- to late January after reinjuring his foot. He also said center Joe Wolfinger will have his foot reexamined after the holidays to see how it is recovering. It is still a long shot that Wolfinger plays this season.
— Romar raved about the play of Phil Nelson, who hit 3 of 4 three-pointers. He thinks Nelson’s shooting touch is returning now that he is getting more comfortable with college basketball. “When you are a shooter, you can’t have any distractions,” Romar said, noting that Nelson has had to learn a new offense and defense. “I think he is starting to figure out conceptually what we are doing.”

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