Wesley Matthews Giving Portland Trail Blazers Solid Efforts

By John Raffel
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t count the Portland Trail Blazers out of the NBA playoff picture just yet.

A 136-106 Portland whipping of the San Antonio Spurs at San Antonio Friday night was the worst loss of the season for the Spurs.

Granted, San Antonio was playing without all-star point guard Tony Parker for the third straight game, but it was still an impressive showing for Portland on the road.

The usual Trail Blazers had huge games, including Damian Lillard with 35 points. But Wesley Matthews, with 15 points, gave a promising performance for the Blazers. It’s the type of performance he needs to keep giving the team for the rest of the regular season and hopefully into the  playoffs.

San Antonio had difficulty keeping pace with Portland’s athleticism, featuring players like Matthews,  in losing for only the fourth time in 29 home games this season.

Matthews gave the Blazers 25 outstanding minutes and showed that he can handle the ball very well and make things happen for the offense. He shot 5-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line He had four defensive rebounds plus two steals to compensate for his two turnovers.

For the season, Matthews is at 14.8 points. 2.7 rebounds and 2.89 assists per game. He has given the Blazers a game average of 34.6 minutes this season compared to 31.2 minutes in his career.

The Trail Blazers need everyone contributing if they’re going to make a successful run to the playoffs.  Matthews realizes that and is trying to do his part to help the Trail Blazers enjoy a successful stretch drive of the regular season.

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