Tagged: wesley matthews injury
March 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm #40186
Portland Trail Blazers starter Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that will leave him sidelined for the rest of the season. I don’t think the Blazers need to hit the panic button, however, he’s an excellent perimeter defender and three-point shooter –two key contributions that will effect the Blazers come playoff time.. thoughts anyone?
March 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm #40194
I think the Blazers should be fine without Wes Matthews. Although they’ll miss his three-point shot, they still have Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers should really be worried about the way Lillard is playing. Hopefully he’ll be back to his normal self during the playoffs. Also, they need Aldridge to stay healthy. If these things can happen, the Blazers should be good come play playoff time.
March 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm #40199
The Blazers should be concerned, but not too concerned. Although it will be tough to replace his 16 points per game, recently acquired Arron Afflalo knows how to step up and be a go-to guy. They will surely miss his 3 point shooting, as his knack for knocking down the 3 spread the floor for the whole offense.
March 7, 2015 at 12:56 am #40208
I think they are going to miss Wes Matthews’ defense more than anything. Matthews represents the best defensive player on the perimeter for the Blazers, which is extremely important in the playoffs. Like Jeb pointed out, Arron Afflalo can fill in nicely for the Blazers, which will keep them as a contender in the west, but this certainly hurts their depth.
March 7, 2015 at 12:57 am #40209
This is EXACTLY the reason that they acquired Arron Afflalo from the Denver Nuggets.
Not only did the trade give Afflalo a place to play for a title this year or in the near future, it actually helped save the Blazers chances — whatever they have — of winning the title here and now.
There’s no hiding that Matthews was a big key to the team’s recent success. In fact, aside from LaMarcus Aldridge (who for some reason is still playing out of his mind), Matthews has been able to step up where — at least recently — Damian Lillard hasn’t.
While Lillard did promise everyone that he would play the second half of the NBA season ticked off beyond belief — due to his original All-Star snub that turned into an invite following several injureis — but we’ve yet to see him go all out on the floor just yet.
But that’s what the playoffs are for.
You’ve been warned, Western Conference.
March 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm #40226
Arnold Glass IIMember
The Trail Blazers will miss Matthews and what he brings to the table. On the team, he was first in three-pointers, second in steals/points/minutes played, and third in field goals behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. That is a lot to miss on a team battling in the Western Conference. They’re battling for the third spot with Houston and they can easily drop down to the eighth spot if they slip up just a little. The Matthew injury was a tough break for the team as a whole.
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