Trail Blazers starter Wesley Matthews tore his left Achilles tendon Thursday night (March 5) and will miss the rest of the season.
After the game, the 28-year-old said :”It’s disbelief, you know? I’m sitting up there in that tube having an MRI, and I don’t hear noise, I don’t feel my Achilles, I’m just … I can’t believe I’m up there while my team’s battling. I just haven’t processed all of it yet.”
Matthews will have surgery, but it has yet to be scheduled.
He fell to the floor when he attempted to drive to the basketball in the third quarter, after which he immediately reached for his left Achilles and he grimaced in pain.
“I’ve made that same cut hundreds of thousands of times in my life,” Matthews said. “I felt the initial pop, and I think you guys could tell on the replay, I looked back, and it feels like someone kicked you. I was praying that someone was back there. No one was back there, and I heard Ron [Garretson], the ref, he actually says, ‘Oh no’ like he knew.”
Matthews was third on the team with an average of 15.9 points per game, along with 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Blazers this season. He started all 60 games.