Not much has gone right in recent games for the Portland Trail Blazers. That includes Sunday, when Wesley Matthews had to leave with an injury in the second quarter and did not return in a 96-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Matthews has had a strong season for the Blazers, and it appeared that he was going to lead Portland to the NBA playoffs before an ongoing eight-game losing streak ruined that possibility.
Injuries have come at the wrong time for the Blazers, who hope to end a disappointing season with some wins in the final weeks of the season. Ironically, Matthews has played in every NBA regular season game until this season — the injury bug has finally bitten him.
Matthews, as a guard, has been scoring his share of points in recent games. But this will turn out to be one of Matthews’ best seasons of his four-year career. He’s at 14.8 points per game, up from his career average of 13.4 points. His assists at 2.5 per game is up from his career average of 1.9.
West’s shooting percentages have been around the same as his career. He is averaging 34.8 minutes per game this season, which is up from his career average of 31.5.
When West leaves a game to an injury, the Blazers are always going to be in trouble. He means so much to the team’s offense and can’t be replaced. Blazer coaches just have to hope he stays healthy the rest of the year. If he goes down, so does the season for the Blazers.