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Coach Rick Carlisle didn’t sound like Matthews’ injury was anything alarming. But he also didn’t wave any pompoms, and didn’t know if the eight-year veteran will be ready to play in Wednesday’s game in Washington, DC, against the Washington Wizards. “I believe it’s a mild strain,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I didn’t want to risk it bringing him back. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and then on Wednesday. I think he’ll be listed day-to-day, but we’ll see.’’

Matthews’ timetable is more nebulous. Matthews tore his Achilles with the Trail Blazers last March and has been recovering ever since. Even though he told Mavs Moneyball he would be ready for the season opener, it’s been unlikely that he would make that initial game, given the nature of his injury. We spoke with a doctor who treats Achilles in July who explained what exactly Matthews is going through. “Wes is going to take a little longer,” Carlisle said. “He’s not going to want to tell you that and we’re going to have to fight to keep him off the court, but we’ve got to make sure we do this the right way and that he’s really 100 percent healthy before getting in.”
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Paired so far with Crawford and either Teague or Jones, Rose gives the Wolves another scorer alongside Crawford on the team’s second unit. “I like it,” Thibodeau said. “Like anything else, the more they’re out there together, the better it’s going to be. I like the idea of what they can do. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense because all three guys can break you down. Then you add KAT and [Nemanja Bjelica] and that puts a lot of pressure on the defense, too.”