Around the 10 minute mark in the third quarter last night, Wesley Matthews caught an outlet with only Dirk Nowitzki to beat. When he planted on his left foot, his Achilles’ tendon ruptured, and now he’s done for the season. It’s big blow for the Blazers, especially any title dreams, and Matthews is a free agent this summer.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first broke the news, and Portland confirmed it last night.
Here’s the play in question, which looks totally innocuous — he’s made that cut thousands of times before.
Achilles’ tendon injuries normally take eight to nine months to recover from, which is just about the worst timing for the Blazers and Matthews. Despite the news he was done for the season, Wesley actually spoke to the media, not something you normally see.
Here’s video of him talking to reporters after he heard the news.
The addition of Arron Afflalo at the deadline will help on the wing, but to suggest Portland will move forward as if nothing’s happened is severely underestimating what Matthews meant to this team. Yes, they won 95-74 over the Mavs last night after he fell, extending their winning streak to five, but his defensive impact, and his three-point shooting, can’t be replaced.